Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find information on the collector whose bookplate we have. This is one such example: the striking woodcut plate of Frank E. Lane. Was he a book collector? A man who enjoyed rowing to a secluded spot to read and do a little fishing?
He was most likely Australian, as his bookplate was designed by Phillip Litchfield, a printmaker in Sydney active in the 1920s and 30s.
We might never know who he was, or why Litchfield was commissioned to design this plate – but if you have any ideas, please let us know!
This bookplate is part of the Daniel Butler Fearing collection at Houghton Library. Fearing collected several thousand bookplates related to angling, watercraft, and other related subjects. To access the bookplate collection at Houghton, email houghton_modern AT harvard.edu.