A dictionary of bookplates of Irish medical doctors by Edward Martin
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Bookplates as a means of identifying a book's owner are almost as old as books themselves. They originated in Germany and the first English bookplate is probably that of Cardinal Wolsey of the early 16th century. Irish examples are later and that of Sir Thomas Molyneux MD (1661-1733) may well be the earliest. This elegant volume by Edward A Martin, a well-known Dublin neurologist, lists some 170 bookplates of Irish doctors. Although the majority are of Dublin physicians, some 50 are from Northern Ireland, such as Dr Thomas Andrews and Dr Alexander Jaffray Nicholson (father of the Brigadier), of the nineteenth century, and Dr Hugh Calwell and Sir Ian Fraser of more recent times