The charm of boekhandelszegels (booksellers labels)
Collecting is in human’s blood. At a young age, most children start to collect all sort of things, sometimes humoured by their parents or other children, but also while observing things and discovering the variety of one item, they got the urge to get more of it, and start collecting.
The same way I started about 16 years ago to collect those (mostly) tiny labels that used to be pasted into books when sold, in different colours, various shapes and sizes.
I will never forget: On a May morning in 2001, I was browsing through the old books on the bookshelves and suddenly discovered a delicately designed embossed circular label, dented all around it like a postage stamp. It was the label of steam printer and publisher D. van Sijn & Sons in Rotterdam. After carefully removing it from the book, I got my first label, which I like to share with you below: