Biographical dates - Period of existence1890 - 1969
Other InformationDiamond merchant; see Albert Ehrman, 'Contemporary Collectors II: The Broxbourne Library', Book Collector, 3 (1954), 190-7. He dates his incunable collecting to an acquisition made "shortly after the end of the First World War, when we were living ... at Broxburne in Hertfordshire; hence the name of the Library." Part of his collection was presented to the Bodleian Library in 1978, through the Friends of the National Libraries, by John Ehrman, in memory of his parents; now kept as the 'Broxbourne Collection'; see 'The Broxbourne Library', BLR 10 (1979), 78-80. Some items were bought at the Broxbourne sale (London: Sotheby, Parke, Bernet & Co., 14 Nov. 1977, 8 May 1978); see Nicolas Barker, 'Albert Ehrman', Book Collector, 19 (1970), 455-64; 'News and comments', Book Collector, 27 (1978), 83-7, 552-3; John Bidwell, 'Albert Ehrman', in Grolier 2000: A Further Grolier Club Biographical Retrospective in Celebration of the Millennium (New York, 2000), 84-7. See [The Hague, KB, verz.cat. 8671] for his auction catalogue from 1963.
Ehrman used a diamond-shaped engraved bookplate with the text "Pro viribus summis contendo Ex libris A E". This bookplate was in use as early as 1924, when a book containing it was sold by Rosenbach to Huntington. This book also bears a blue stamp, "AE" in a diamond-shaped frame.
[A. Panzanelli]: Founded at Broxbourne (Hertfordshire) by Albert Ehrman (quo vide) and his wife. Some useful information provided in 1961 by the founder: 'The chance purchase in 1920 at Eastbourne of an incunable in its original binding, printed at Venice in 1472, was the first step in the formation of a library by my wife and myself which has developed mainly into two parallel collections - early printed books and book-bindings. [...] There are now in the Broxbourne Library some 350 incunables, including broadsides, which were printed in 132 towns. There are 600 sixteenth-century books illustrating early printing in another 140 towns. [...] The Library owes its name to the fact that in 1920 we were living in the small riverside town of Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. Since 1938 the library has been housed at Bucklers Hard, on the banks of Beaulieu River in the New Forest in Hampshire.' (Albert Ehrman, Introduction, in: Broxbourne Library. Styles and Designs of Bookbindings, London 1961, pp. v-vi; British Library, Department of Printed Books, Acquisitions from the Broxbourne Library; www.bl.uk/eblj/1980articles/pdf/article8.pdf)
Variant NamesEhrmann, Albert
MARC Area Codee-uk
PlaceBroxbourne (Geonames Id: 2654481)
Profession / Type of InstitutionBusiness
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