Author: Philip R. Bishop

Philip R. Bishop is owner of MOSHER BOOKS, member of the ABAA, ILAB, and the IOBA. He is also a member of the William Morris Society, the Delaware Bibliophiles, and the Friends of Ganser Library (Millersville University). MOSHER BOOKS first started operation in 1991 and handles antiquarian material of all kinds, including fine bindings, manuscripts, fine press, early imprints, and the rare and unusual. Following Norman Strouse as mentor, Philip R. Bishop has painstakingly built the world’s most extensive research collection surrounding the publisher Thomas Bird Mosher and his publishing program. His Mosher collection is rich in manuscripts including American and British association copies-- to mention but only two of the collection’s many facets. Involved in bookselling since 1988, Bishop is the Mosher Press bibliographer and continues to inexhaustibly write about Mosher and the Mosher Press of Portland, Maine, as a unique publishing venture in American publishing history.

Bookplates: Thomas Bird Mosher

The bookplate Mosher used in books from his personal library was designed in 1897 by Frank R. Rathbun of Auburn, New York, with the designer’s monogram of an “F” with two “R’s” mirror imaged on either side. The bookplate was…