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Bookplates for individuals

Below is a selection of bookplates, book labels and embossings found in the Jesuit Antiquarian Book Collection.  With very few exceptions, these were for non-Jesuits.  This is explained by the Jesuit rule of poverty, by which individuals do not own possessions.  Jesuits were far more likely to mark ownership of books with an institutional bookplate or an inscription.  The presence of bookplates for individuals such as those featured below tells us that the books which contain them have not always been in Jesuit ownership.

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