Featured Item from the Yale Bookplate Collection

[Ex Libris Herbert Edwin Lombard] by W.F. Hopson, 1915, 10.88 x 13.42 cm. Collection of Bookplates by William Fowler Hopson (BKP 47), Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University.
December 14, 2015

Herbert Edwin Lombard (1863-1940) was a Massachusetts-born minister. He was also an avid book and bookplate collector as well as an active member of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA. One of Lombard’s collecting interests was the poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), whose birthplace in Haverhill, MA, is depicted on this ex-libris.

Whittier was born on December 17, 1807. The artist and engraver William Fowler Hopson (1849-1935) signed and dated this artist’s proof on the same day in 1915. The snow-covered landscape and white rooftops of the Whittier homestead reference the imagery of Whittier’s most popular poem, Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl, which was published in 1866 with tremendous commercial success. Yale’s first University Printer, Carl Purington Rollins (1880-1960), designed and printed Snow-Bound in 1930 for the Limited Editions Club.      

The Yale Bookplate Collection comprises graphic works as well as both archival and published materials related to bookplates. More information about the production of the 1930 edition of Snow-Bound can be found in the Carl Purington Rollins Papers (AOB 9).  


Academy of American Poets. “John Greenleaf Whittier.” Accessed December 14, 2015. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/john-greenleaf-whittier

Brigham, Clarence S. “Obituary: Herbert Edwin Lombard.” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 50 (October 1940): 174-177. Accessed December 14, 2015. http://www.americanantiquarian.org/proceedings/44807023.pdf   

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