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"Hawley and His Book Seals"
by Dr. Manabu Yokoyama
(translated by Tokiko Y. Bazzell)
There are quite a few rare books in Frank Hawley's collection for the reason that Hawley bought anything that may even have only slightly interested him regardless of its price. It is our good fortune that Hawley collected different kinds of editions, appearances, and even categories of one book. In the case of printing, he tried to collect the first and high quality editions. Sometimes even the book's wrapping paper from when it was purchased was nicely preserved. In addition to his thoroughness, Hawley paid very close attention to caring for and preserving his books. I can feel his precision and passion for this whenever I touch his books. Hawley placed a special order with a skilled craftsman to create a custom made bookcase for each book. He never missed even the smallest hole that needed to be mended.
The Frank Hawley collection bears several different
book seals. They fall roughly into three categories:
Then there was the Sorimachi Kobunso, an antiquarian books dealer that Hawley often used. When a book was sold by Sorimachi, a book seal uΎ (Getsumeiso)vwas stamped on it. It is said that a book bearing Sorimachi's Hancho's book seal was extremely rare and valuable.
Frank Hawley himself used uσζΆΙ (Horei Bunko)vas his seal. He had four kinds of book seals ( images of Hawley's book seals). Three types of characters were used for the seals and he also used red and black colors. First, Hawley did not like to stamp on his collections because he valued his books so much. However, Hawley's friend, Dr. Robert van Gulik persuaded him to stamp his seals. Dr. Gulik created Hawley's book seals and also a plaque that hung in his den.
Contact: Tokiko Yamamoto Bazzell
Japan Specialist Librarian
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