The British Armorial Bindings Database

The British Armorial Bindings Database  is now available online. This free database allows users to identify heraldic stamps used by owners to decorate their books. It has been published under sponsorship by The Bibliographical Society in conjunction with the University of Toronto

Users can search for book owners using their family name, titular name, rank in the peerage, and by gender.  Around 12,000 books from around the world form the basis of this database. The database has great application for rare book librarians, book historians, book dealers, students of heraldry, genealogists, and coats of arms enthusiasts.

Ref: 4-7333, Sir George Grey Special Collections


  1. What a great resource. I found a reference to our very own Alexander Turnbull. The last sentence of his bio said "Renowned as a dandy, Turnbull never married." I like a database with a sense of humour.

    1. The language of heraldry is so compelling too. See their featured stamp:
      A griffin passant ducally gorged.


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