While I tend to avoid buying ex-library copies sometimes a title is so rare or the edition unblievably scarce that I end up giving in and purchasing an ex-library copy. Most of the time I will do this if it has a DJ and the DJ survived harmful damage unlike the books themselves which are often battered, dogeared, and have numerous food stains and other spillage showing the book's history of multiple careless borrowers.
Most of these ex-lib copies tend to be stripped of all the library tell-tale markings like old card pockets and date due slips prior to being sold. Some, however, escape this denuding process before being sold or perhaps "permanently borrowed" by new owners.
Below are scans of several date due cards for some of the ex-library books I've owned over the years. For a change you will definitely know what book these were left inside. I've marked all of them in the captions. Interesting to see how popular these books were when they were first sitting on the shelves all those decades ago.
|From a copy of Death of Jezebel by Christianna Brand|
(purchased at a Milwaukee used book store in 2009)
|From Vintage Murder (UK edition) by Ngaio Marsh|
(purchased at the Newberry Library Book Fair several years ago)
|The House Party Murders by Edgar Allan Poe, Jr.|
(purchased from a dealer located in British Columbia)