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- 09/20/12--06:35: _This Week in Bookpl...
- 09/26/12--15:21: _Jessie M.King Bookp...
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- 10/06/12--13:29: _Threats and Warning...
- 10/14/12--14:45: _Some Interesting Bo...
- 10/20/12--04:59: _Dealer/ Collector P...
- 10/24/12--11:34: _Two Interesting Boo...
- 10/26/12--08:10: _Bookplates By Rober...
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- 10/30/12--15:42: _A Herd of Rabbits ,...
- 11/03/12--05:33: _A Herd of Rabbits, ...
- 11/11/12--08:23: _A Few Smiles From B...
- 11/18/12--16:53: _This Week in Bookpl...
- 11/25/12--10:02: _Finding Fingerprint...
- 08/29/12--09:07: American Name Labels , Part Three
- 08/31/12--08:53: American Name Labels, Part Four
- 09/01/12--05:14: American Name Labels Part Five
- 09/02/12--02:41: American Name Labels, Part Six
- 09/09/12--10:20: Bookplate Odds and Ends
- 09/16/12--09:57: Cowboys On Bookplates.
- 09/20/12--06:35: This Week in Bookplates 9/23/2012
- 09/26/12--15:21: Jessie M.King Bookplates
- 09/30/12--13:01: Threats and Warnings on Bookplates-Part One
- 10/06/12--13:29: Threats and Warnings on Bookplates-Part Two
- 10/14/12--14:45: Some Interesting Bookplates
- 10/20/12--04:59: Dealer/ Collector Profile, Anthony Tufts
- 10/24/12--11:34: Two Interesting Bookplate Links For Wednesday
- 10/26/12--08:10: Bookplates By Robert Cairns Dobson
- 10/29/12--03:45: A Herd Of Rabbits, Part One
- 10/30/12--15:42: A Herd of Rabbits , Part 2
- 11/03/12--05:33: A Herd of Rabbits, Part Three
- 11/11/12--08:23: A Few Smiles From Bookplates
- 11/18/12--16:53: This Week in Bookplates 11/18/2012
- 11/25/12--10:02: Finding Fingerprints and DNA on Bookplates
I am somewhat overwhelmed by this project because I never fully realized how many of these 18th and early 19th century labels I had accumulated . When completed this will be a good resource for further study and expansion.If you have information about any of the owners of these name labels or the printers who made them please send your input to
Rebecca Berry, Portland
Teiley BlakssleeThis Label is one of my favorites.It is quite large measuring 80 X by 178 mm.border to border.
It undoubtedly came from a large quarto or folio volume.
The owner was probably from Connecticut
Robert Brough,Norfolk , VirginiaThere are a number of internet references to Mr. Brough. He was very active in The Masons in the early 19th century
Samuel Jordan Cabell
SamuelDexter ( Allen # 222)
James Edmondson, Essex, 1772
David Fonda, Albany
UPDATE 8 /31/2012I found two more examples similar to the Ann Franklin label. My assumption about the printer of the Ann Franklin plate may have been clouded by wishful thinking.Perhaps the plate was used by a different Ann Franklin.The last thing I want to do is spread misinformation so I will back away from my from my assumption until more research is completed..
Benjamin Vinton French (1791-1860)
Alexander Fridge (1765-1839) ?
House Of Representatives.T.Barnard ,. Printer
"Theodore Barnard was on the southwest corner of 11th street and the Avenue, the site afterward occupied by The Star; Blair & Reeves, publishers of the Congressional Globe, on the north side of the Avenue, between 3d and 4 ½ streets, in the building known as Jackson Hall. M. Buel was on the south side of the Avenue between 12th and 13th streets, and afterward was of the firm of Buel & Blanchard, publishers of the National Era, on 6th street below the Avenue. Gales & Seaton were at 7th and D streets, publishing the Intelligencer, and the Gideons were on 9th street."
Caleb HuntingtonI suspect this is American but I can't say it with absolute certainty.The fact that his daughter's name is Rebecca will be most helpful when someone does some further research.
John R. Livingston (Allen # 494)
William Lord, East Haddam
Stay tuned for part five.See you soon.
I found two more examples which are similar to the Ann Franklin label mentioned in part three. My assumption about the printer of the Ann Franklin plate may have been clouded by wishful thinking.Perhaps the plate was used by a different Ann Franklin.The last thing I want to do is spread misinformation so I will back away from my from my previous assumption until more research is completed..
John Campbell, Charles County
James B. Wilkinson, St John's College Annapolis
James Monroe, President of the United States
Facts at a Glance
Benjamini Morris, 1744
William Morris (Allen # 596) Engraved by Francis Shallus
Germantown Library Engraved by Francis Shallus
James P. Parke
William Peachey Of Richmond
It is my hope that someone will eventually use the information from this six part series , do more thorough research and write a book about American Name Labels. If you want to send me additional scans for inclusion they would be most welcome.
I recommend A Dictionary of Colonial American Printers' Ornaments & Illustrations
By Elizabeth Carroll Reilly for help in identifying 18th century American printers.I will be studying it for clues about some of the puzzling name labels in this series and will keep you updated.
I have already received several emails about this series from fellow collectors.This one in particular may be correct:
John R.Plater (woodblock by Thomas Sparrow)
Norton Porter ,Westmoreland, 1797
George Shaw,Cabinet Maker Philadelphia 1780
Alexander Smyth, Attorney at Law, Virginia
Charles Stockbridge (Allen#829)
Joseph Teel, Newbury Port July 97
Gulielmi Thompson , Philadelphia ,1801
Martin Van Buren (Allen # 87
That's the end of the series. See you next Sunday.
From time to time I like to look at Google's stats for my blog viewers , sorted by country.These were compiled for this month as of September 8th. China is always under reported in the stats but it is increasing rapidly. As I have probably mentioned in the past high bidders on my EBay bookplate sales are often from China.
Robert Francis Coyle by Ray F.Coyle
Ray F.Coyle( 1885-1924) was a California artist .The bookplate shown above was designed for his father Robert Francis Coyle,Two additional bookplates he created are mentioned in Historic California in Bookplates by Clare Ryan Talbot.
. Although there are some similarities in design and gold overlay his artwork is quite different from the bookplates I have seen. Here is an example:
More of his illustration can be seen here:
Here are a few Interesting Links:
Lincoln Cushing has an interesting article about:
BOOKPLATES FROM THE BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL JOSÉ MARTÍ
Fellow collector Jacques Laget sent this information about the owner of this bookplate
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------That's all for now.-See you next Sunday.
I have used the phrase "the wonders of the internet" several times this year. In each case a relative of a bookplate designer has come forth with new information about the artist . Barbara Coyle, grand daughter of
Ray F. Coyle sent me the following information along with images of two bookplates her grand father designed.
" Thanks for your interest in my grandfather’s art work. He was professionally an interior designer and on the “side” illustrated books for members of the Bohemian Club; for which he seems to get more recognition.
Thank you Barbara for sharing this information with us.
Thank you Lee
Hello – In respect to Barbara Coyle’s comment about Ray Coyle having “illustrated a book by Jurgen....”, I first thought of “Jurgen” by James Branch Cabell but could find no illustrated copies in Via Libri or ABE. Last night I was looking through auction results (www.addisonsauction.com) and noted the sale last March of that title, with 12 illustrations by Ray Coyle, being published by McBride in 1923 as the first illustrated edition of that popular and controversial novel. That particular book had a TLS from Cabell tipped in and was estimated at $100-150. It brought only $25 before the buyer’s penalty was added – a very good buy for the auction winner. I have enjoyed your “Confessions...” and commend you for maintaining the weekly schedule. Cordially, Lee Harrer
Rebecca Eschliman of the Yellow Springs Historical Society
sent me three scans of bookplate artists listed in the 1938 and;;1941 Antioch Bookplate Co.Catalogs, - They are very useful references
Thank You Rebecca.
Click On Antioch Directory Images To Enlarge
Henry Scott Miller Bookplate At The City Dump
My next blog posting will be on Sunday September 30th.
A Curse On Bookplate Thieves( Copied From http://www.litterascripta.com/bibliomania/curses.shtml )
Thys boke is one
And God's curse another;
They that take the one
God geve them the other.
He who steals this book
may he die the death
may he be frizzled in a pan...
This present book legible in scripture
Here in this place thus tacched with a cheyn
Purposed of entent for to endure
And here perpetuelli stylle to remeyne
Fro eyre to eyre wherfore appone peyn
Of cryst is curs of faders and of moderes
Non of hem hens atempt it to dereyne
Whille ani leef may goodeli hange with oder.
Steal not this Book my honest Friend
For fear the Galows should be your hend,
And when you die the Lord will say
And wares the Book you stole away?
Steal not this book, my worthy friend
For fear the gallows will be your end;
Up the ladder, and down the rope,
There you'll hang until you choke;
Then I'll come along and say -
"Where's that book you stole away?"
For him that Stealeth a Book from this Library,
Let it change into a Serpent in his hand & rend him.
Let him be struck with Palsy, & all his Members blasted.
Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy,
Let there be no Surcease to his Agony till he sink to Dissolution.
Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not,
When at last he goeth to his final Punishment,
Let the flames of hell consume him for ever & aye."
Ref . P.57 Bookplates in the News 1970-1985 by Audrey Spencer Arellanes
The artist's initial's look like UD.I do not recognize them.
Roger Place Butterfield
Malcolm M. Ferguson (1920-2011)
If you have additional bookplates with threats and warnings please send me scans and they will be added to this posting.
Pierre Paul Plane (1870-1951)
Tiffany Thayer (1902-1959)
John Simpson- an English bookplate collector whose collection
was sold at Bonhams in 2005
A dramatic black-and-white woodcut engraving, within a 1-inch margin, of a man hanging on a gibbet with a towering cloud over sharply peaked roofs in the background & an upturned face in the foreground. The image is headed "Borrower Beware" with "From the Crime Library of John Kobler" printed below. The signature "CS" appears in the plate. The margins of the bookplate are somewhat soiled, else very good. John Kobler worked for various news organizations as a reporter before editing the crime reportage of PM, a 1940s New York tabloid. In World War II he was a civilian intelligence officer posted to North Africa, Italy and France. He returned to freelance for The New Yorker, Colliers, Vanity Fair and The Saturday Evening Post. His first book, published in 1938, was "The Trial of Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray" about a notorious 1927 murder case. "Some Like It Gory"  and "Afternoon in the Attic"  were collections of essays about bizarre crimes and creepy characters. His best-known book was "Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone", a biography published in 1971 and reissued in 1992
Rockwell Kent- designed this plate for The Antioch Bookplate Co. (style 7Y52)
I wonder if this law is still on the books ?
G.H. Newton of Uxbridge Road , beware.
A customer who does not forgive nor forget
Richard G. Wilson-
Is a renaissance man with many talents and interests. I hope to write more about him in a future blog posting. The three computer assisted designs shown below were crafted with public domain illustrations
See you next Sunday.
Fellow Collector Yosef Halper visited Philadelphia last week and we exchanged duplicates.
One of the items I got was a bookplate for Simcha Ambache.
He was a Palestinian born consulting engineer with the Suez Canal Co. who raised his family in colonial Egypt.
Mr. Ambache is linked to the creation of modern Israel through the marriage of his two daughters (Suzy and Aura) to Abba Eban & Chaim Herzog.
I have a duplicate copy of this bookplate for possible exchange .
Does anyone out there know anything about the owner or the artist?
Robert Gilmore, sent the following information:
Paul Scheltens, sent the following information:The bookplate for M.Shostakovich is designed by Vladimir Mitsoek (born 1949) who has been making exlibris since 1975.
In 1982 he had already a work list of 160 bookplates in wood engraving, plastic engraving, linocut and etching.
of The Louisiana Territory.
Crawford Burton was a wealthy stock broker and sportsman whose dubious claim to fame was a Camel Cigarette Endorsement ad .This is his beautifully engraved bookplate.
If you are one of those very foolish people who look at electronic devices while driving please pull over to the side of the road before clicking on this link.I don't want to cause an accident because you started to laugh
instead of concentrating on the car in front of you.
See You Next Sunday.
Tony and Anne Tufts
doing less with books and more with ephemera , prints and bookplates. Two
years ago I bought my first collection without quite knowing what I was
getting into. I, like so many before me, became fascinated by these
miniature art works and by the stories they can tell. Since that first
purchase I have been fortunate enough to have acquired several more
collections. I have had bookplates by Hurd , French, Severin , Zetti,
MacDonald, Smith, Spencely and many others pass through my hands.
For the most part I buy in order to sell but I have also taken some baby
steps towards becoming a collector as well. One of my customers in
Washington D.C. sent me two of his bookplates and they were the beginning of
my collection. A particular favorite is Italo Zetti's Ex Musicis of Chr.
Van Der Straaten. I like the outdoors, hiking , gardening and music.
Rather than collecting a particular artist or engraver I find myself drawn
to bookplates with outdoor scenes, gardens, starry nights and musical
connections. The Van Der Straaten bookplate has a lot of that.
Art Nouveau exlibris and the artists of the Glasgow School
Bookplates provide a way to collect and deal in works of art that are
affordable and I enjoy researching owner's names to learn about their
interests or occupations.
I have a confession to make. I have recently started to read about
heraldry. Oh dear!
Tony Tufts, Exeter Rare Books
Selling on eBay as Exeter-rare-books
Note From Lew Jaffe
Who is A.C. Palmer?
I found a bookplate etched by A.C. Palmer earlier in the week and fellow collector Anthony Pincott sent the following information about the owner H(Henry) Valentine Geere , a writer.
I have accumulated some interesting Blog postings about bookplates and will post a few each day so as not to overwhelm you.
James Spackman writes about the way he designed this bookplate :
LarryT. Nix Writes about The Tabard Inn Libraryhttp://libraryhistorybuff.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-tabard-inn-library-revolving.html
I am always interested in adding bookplates by Robert Cairns Dobson to my collection.
If you have any duplicates for sale or trade please contact me.
Here is a link with many examples of his bookplates:
See you on Sunday.
There is something magical about most Rabbit bookplates.
Here are some of my favorites .
More Rabbits will be coming soon.
Elly De Koster etched the plate shown above in 1986 (opus 23)
Nancy Hugo's father owned The Meridian Press and he printed her bookplate when she was a child
Ernest A. Batchelder was a California Tile maker
Olive Lathrop Grover of Winnetka Illinois designed her own bookplate
Rebecca Eschilman sent the Antioch universal bookplate shown below.
Here is a direct quote from Mitt Romney:
"I've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter,Small varmints,if you will.
I began when I was fifteen or so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since
Judging by the number of Emails I have received thus far Rabbits seem to be universally loved
(.except for Mitt Romney.)
Woodcut by Andy English
Buchanin Winthrop's Bookplate depicts a Hare.http://www.diffen.com/difference/Hare_vs_Rabbit
A Bookplate From Mexico
Richard Adams wrote Watership Down
Some Rabbit and Bunny Ephemera
New Years Card from Frederick Starr to Bela Landauer
Easter Greetings From John Wanamaker dated 1918
Bookmark ( circa 1980) and delightful book of Bunny cartoons by Charles Bordin, of Philadelphia.
That officially wraps up this series unless someone sends me rabbit bookplate scans which I will add to this posting.
Here is another one that amuses me.
The Nourmahal was a motor yacht ordered by William Vincent Astor from Friederich Krupp Germaniawerft, A.G., Kiel, Germany. It was delivered during 1928 presumably as a replacement for Astor's previous yacht Noma. Time magazine on February 6th 1928 featured a cover article on Astor and the Nourmahal which was described as the finest private yacht of its era.
The Boston shows were , as usual, both productive and exhausting.
I purchased several "mystery bookplates" and hope you recognize some of them.
.The John Kobler bookplate shown below will go with my group about threats and warnings.
Here is some biographical information about the owner:
" John Kobler worked for various news organizations as a reporter before editing the crime reportage of PM, a 1940s New York tabloid. In World War II he was a civilian intelligence officer posted to North Africa, Italy and France. He returned to freelance for The New Yorker, Colliers, Vanity Fair and The Saturday Evening Post. His first book, published in 1938, was "The Trial of Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray" about a notorious 1927 murder case. "Some Like It Gory"  and "Afternoon in the Attic"  were collections of essays about bizarre crimes and creepy characters. His best-known book was "Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone", a biography published in 1971 and reissued in 1992"
Does anyone out there know who the woodcut artist CS might be?
This is mystery bookplate #1 . I suspect it is European and I can't make out the owner's last name.
This is Mystery Bookplate#2
11/19/2012 -Mystery #2 Solved
If I remember correctly, my bookplate was designed and manufactured by Leo Wyatt in the U.K. in the 1970s.
Best wishes, John Bockstoce
This is mystery bookplate #3
This is Mystery bookplate #4
A previous collector made the following notation:
Mystery #4 solved By Fellow Collector Anthony Pincott
You start with one bookplate depicting a fingerprint and then you find another and pretty soon you have five .
It did not occur to me that this was worthy of a blog posting until I stumbled upon this link:
"Inverse fingerprints on paper: Visualization of latent fingermarks by nanotechnology November 5, 2012
Paper is one of the surfaces most commonly tested for fingerprints in forensics. Unfortunately, it is particularly difficult to make fingerprints on paper visible. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Israeli scientists have now introduced a new method developed specifically for use on paper. It produces a "negative" of the fingerprint and is, in contrast to conventional methods, independent of the composition of the sweat residue left behind. In many criminal cases, paper evidence plays an important role and it would be useful to know through whose hands checks, documents, or paper currency have passed. Studies have shown that only about half of the fingerprints present on paper can be made sufficiently visible. The main reason that this does not work consistently seems to be the highly variable composition of the sweat left behind on the paper. A team led by Daniel Mandler and Joseph Almog at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has now developed a procedure that avoids these problems. It involves a sort of inversion of an established method in which gold nanoparticles are first deposited onto the invisible fingerprints, followed by elemental silver, similar to the development of a black and white photograph. In the conventional technique, the gold particles get stuck to components of the sweat in fingerprints. In contrast, the gold nanoparticles in the new method stick directly to the paper, not the sweat. This technique uses the sebum from the fingerprints, which effectively shields the paper beneath it from the gold nanoparticles. Treatment with a developer containing silver, which turns the areas with gold on them black, results in a negative image of the fingerprint. The secret to the success of these researchers is a special bifunctional reagent. The head of this molecule is an acylpyridazine group, which can bind to cellulose. The tail is made of hydrocarbon chains with a sulfur-containing group at the end, which binds to gold and attaches the molecule to the surface of the gold nanoparticles. When gold particles coated with these molecules are deposited onto paper with a fingerprint on it, the heads bind to the cellulose in the paper, avoiding the fat-containing lines. Because only the fatty components of the fingerprints are used, the possibly unfavorable composition of the sweat in the fingerprint plays no role in this method. This technique also promises to alleviate another problem: if paper has become wet, it has previously been nearly impossible to detect fingerprints because the amino acids in the sweat, which are the primary substrate for current chemical enhancement reactions, are dissolved and washed away by water. The fatty components are barely effected. More information: Joseph Almog, Visualization of Latent Fingermarks by Using Nanotechnology for Reversed Development on Paper: A Remedy to the Variation in Sweat Composition, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201205259 Journal reference: Angewandte Chemie Angewandte Chemie International Edition "
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-11-inverse-fingerprints-paper-visualization-latent.html#jCp
My overactive imagination went into high gear after reading the article posted above.Yes, hundreds of hands may have touched a bookplate in a book from the library of a president or a signer of the Declaration of Independence.None the less,,emerging technology may enable researchers to find fingerprints of historical figures from the 17th and 18th centuries.
But let me carry this one step further. The reverse side of a bookplate pasted in a book has been untouched since the owner handled it .Surely there must be hidden fingerprints under the bookplate along with DNA samples.
If the technology for isolating such prints and DNA does not exist today it will in time and the bookplates will
be like amber protecting insects and pollen .
If anyone out there can add to this thread please let me hear from you.