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    [George Washington] Scarce Personal Bookplate. One page, 2.5" x 4", hinged at top to a mat with an overall size of 4.5" x 5.75". The motto Exitus acta probat (the outcome justifies the deed) is printed across the ribbon at the base of the shell-like shield, which is ornamented with sprays and rose branches. Washington's name is engraved on the bracket at the bottom. In the past, many forgeries and re-strikes have fooled collectors looking for original Washington bookplates; however, two things show this bookplate to be an original: (1) "chain-lines" in the paper, which are obvious when held up to the light; (2) the small line near the bottom-right of the shield, which is present on the authentic plate, but not in the more widely available re-strike used in the late nineteenth century.

    There is evidence of adhesive on verso, most likely from being attached to one of Washington's many books. Some wrinkling to the bottom of the plate, though no separations or tears. Toned and in very good to near fine condition. An authentic Washington bookplate has not been available at auction in decades, which makes this one an opportunity not to be missed!


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2008
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
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