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Three is a Collection . . .

Bibliographies of J.L. Carr and Edmund Blampied, plus bookplates.

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This site is dedicated mostly to my collections and to the bibliographies and catalogues that they have led to. The name is taken from the privately printed autobiography of the collector and misanthrope James L'Arbalestier (1875-1938), who wrote:

Beware of aquiring things of the same nature: two is a coincidence; three is a collection.

Here you can find:

► A bibliography of the novels, poems, small books, maps and other printed works of J.L. Carr, with published materials related to him, including articles about Carr. There are a few examples of his paintings, too.

► Pages on the art of Edmund Blampied including designs for sheet music, bookplates, stamps and money, and a bibliography of books and magazines containing his illustrations.

► I am also working on a new catalogue raisonné of Edmund Blampied's prints - etchings, drypoints, lithographs and silhouettes - but may publish that, if I can find a publisher.

► A small collection of bookplates mostly signed W.P.B., a few by Blampied, and miscellaneous others.

► My small collection of bookplates engraved by Stephen Gooden with a basic catalogue of his designs.

► An article about Kate Abadie's sons who all died in the service of their country.

► A note about John Snow, an epidemiologist, although he didn't know that.

► An inconsequential page about things I have found in books.

► A page of links to collections.

Image of drawing


Nothing on this site is done for personal gain. It's just been fun to try to teach myself how to construct web pages; to have at my hand basic bibliographies or catalogues of things that I collect; and to be able to share with others my collections and obscure interests. A web site allows me to update the text and order of books or prints easily, whenever I get new information or find new things, and to show images of the items, which may be helpful to collectors. My printed bibliography of Edmund Blampied (2010) was out of date as soon as I found another dust jacket that he had designed. I have now found ten more, so about one a year; there may be more. I can easily add new items as I find them.

A web site also allows me to embed links to other entries on the same site or to supporting information on an external site, which is indicated with this symbol: Image. It should open on a new page. This provides a link to additional information in a way that a printed book cannot, and allows digression and distraction. Many of the links are to Wikipedia or to other sites that provide interesting information, such as how things look now. These other sites are not permanent, so if a link doesn't work, please let me know.

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. . . Three is a Collection