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[BKARTS] Wire Loop

>From the image
 and given the London imprint almost certainly this is an ex-Boots
library copy.

If that is the remains of a label at the bottom of the upper board
then the identification can be upgraded to  near certain (say

Boots the large chain of retail pharmacies in the UK was founded
by Jesse Boot of Nottingham when he took over the running of the
family business at the age of 13.

It became a huge business with a shop on every high street and in
the early 20thC ran a large Circulating Library.

How influential its buying decisions were can be seen from this
publisher's blurb:


Although I have never seen a photograph of how it was done I
understand the books were stored by being hung up of the wire
loops inserted in the spines.

Ex-Boots Library books are very common in the UK used book
trade and the advice is always remove the loop before storage due
to the danger of rusting.

Details of Jesse Boot with reference to the size of his business

Derek Bryant

Member PBFA

Thornton in Bradforddale
West Yorkshire

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