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Created: 12/24/2018
Updated: 10/20/2022

Looking for Books with Edward Gallaway Bookplate

by Chris Wasshuber

I am trying to assemble a list of books that have the Edward Gallaway bookplate, shown below, in them.

Edward Gallaway bookplate

If you have any information on books with this bookplate please email me at [email protected]. The books we have found so far are:

  1. The Expert at the Card Table by S. W. Erdnase (1902)
  2. The History of the Works of the Learned (1700)
  3. The History of the Works of the Learned (1705)
We know he was interested in and had books in the following subject areas: Edward Gallaway was born on July 1st, 1868 in Delphos, OH, and died May 9th, 1930 in Chicago. He was baptized Peter Edward but later dropped Peter and went exclusively by Edward. With 14 he learned the printer's art at the Delphos Weekly Herald, traveled the country as typesetter and compositor, in 1889 settled in Fort Payne, AL, and started the newspaper Payne Weekly People. This newspaper folded just a year later. He then traveled with small circuses as orator, punch and judy performer and magician for several years. From 1895 on he lived in Chicago. Initially he attempted to establish his own business (Gallaway & Co., Western Carbon Paper Co., McKinney & Gallaway), but ended up working for established print businesses (C.N. Trivess, James McKinney & Co., Bentley-Murray, Rennecker, R.R. Donnelley). In the 1920s he founded the school of print estimators and wrote Estimating for Printers (1927). He was known as a book lover, initiated a library committee at the Excelsior lodge of the OddFellows, and had an extensive library himself, including rare and collectible volumes.

We know that in the late 1950s some of his books appeared at a second-hand book dealer in Chicago. Apparently, these were books on gambling. Another lead is also a book on gambling, bound in leather, sold to a second-hand bookdealer in Düsseldorf, Germany, around the year 2000. Should you have any of these books in your collection I would appreciate it if you contact me.