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Random thoughts from a passionate bookplate collector.

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    My preference is to trade and add to my collection.  Selling prices are included for those of you who have no duplicates and wish to build a collection. Priority postage in the U.S. is $6.65

    The Isaac Mendez Bookplate is no Longer Available
    Marcus Nathan Adler   $30.00

     Marcus Nathan Adler (1837-1911) was involved in scholarly activities such as writing, editing, and translating. For instance, in 1907 his critical text, translation, and commentary of Benjamin of Tudela's important medieval manuscript, The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela, was published
    Elkan Nathan Adler      $35.00

    Elkan Nathan Adler (24 July 1861 in St Luke's, London – 15 September 1946 in London) was an English author, lawyer, historian, and collector of Jewish books and manuscripts. Adler's father was Nathan Marcus AdlerChief Rabbi of the British Empire. He traveled extensively and built an enormous library, particularly of old Jewish documents. Adler was among the first to explore the documents stored in the Cairo Genizah, being in fact the first European to enter it. During his visits to Cairo in 1888 and 1895 Adler collected and brought over 25,000 Genizah manuscript fragments back to England.
    Jacobi Solis Cohen      $35.00

    Jacob da Silva Solis Cohen, Philadelphia otolaryngologist, was born in New York on 28 February 1838. He married Miriam Binswanger on 10 February 1874; they had nine children. Cohen died in Philadelphia on 22 December 1927. Cohen received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1860. He served a brief residency at the Pennsylvania Hospital, then held several positions as a surgeon during the Civil War. He opened his private practice in Philadelphia in 1866 and began to concentrate on diseases of the throat and chest. In 1867, he performed the first successful American laryngotomy for removal of a cancerous growth; he also performed the first closed-field laryngotomy in 1892. In 1867 he assumed the post of Lecturer in Electrotherapeutics at Jefferson Medical College, then became Lecturer in Laryngoscopy and Diseases of the Chest in 1869. He also helped to found the Philadelphia Polyclinic and College for Graduates in Medicine and became Professor of Diseases of the Throat and Chest there. In 1890-1891, an honorary professorship in laryngology was created for Cohen at Jefferson. He published several works including, Diseases of the throat (1872) and the revised edition, Diseases of the throat and nasal passages (1879). Cohen also helped to establish the American Laryngological Association and was its President (1880-1882). He was elected to fellowship in the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1871.

    Solomon Lowenstein  $30.00

    Leah Mishkin                  $30.00
    Chicago Librarian and bookplate collector

    Issac Mendes                $125.00  NO LONGER AVAILABLE
    This is the earliest known dated English bookplate (1746)
    Engraved by Benjamin Levi

    Elieser Shindler  $30.00
    I do not know anything about the owner

    Isaac Smith          $30.00

    Temple Emanu-El  San Francisco   $30.00

    Bookplate with menorah and Torah $30.00
    I do not know anything about the owner

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  • 12/06/17--14:52: Bookplate Contest
  • New Contest

     I find it hard to believe that 2018 will be the start of my eleventh year as a blogger.
     To celebrate the occasion a new contest has begun.

    The rules are simple.

    Submit a caption for the S.O.S. bookplate.
    Only one entry per person
    All entries must be received in 2017

    The  winner will receive a limited edition , hardbound professionally published book with all my 2017 blog postings

    Send your entries to

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  • 12/21/17--06:02: Mystery Bookplates
  • Mystery Bookplates

    I was hoping that I could trouble you for some advice. I recently discovered a large bookplate collection in our library, which was gifted around 1950. It was the personal collection of William Edgar Fisher. I am hoping to get a rough idea of the value of the collection, as well as find out a little more about the collection. The collection contains bout 400 of fishers plates (many signed proofs), 130 of other artists,as well as other paraphernalia.

    That said, could you direct me towards someone that could help me find the value, and tell me a little about the work so I can set up an exhibit? I, obviously, do not mind doing most of the work, just need to be pointed in the right direction. One thing that is rather problematic for me is identifying people by initials, a problem I saw others having on your recent blog post. Some of these people are: CB, LBM, GRH, HP, HE, W, WHA, ROM, ACR, WKB, WJJ, and what looks like a stylized JC, and EF.  Any advice you could offer me would be highly appreciated.  
    Thank you, 

    I didn't want to overload you with to many images but here are a few I have questions about.
    1- Bi Lauda- What is this? "Artistic Bookplates" 1901 says "a secret society in Wellsville Ny". Nobody in Wellsville has ever heard of it (county/town historians, Historic societies etc). Also, I have seen this reprinted many times in black and white, is the color version uncommon?
    Note from Lew- The color version is not uncommon

    Emmett Kirsch
    Special Collections Curator
    David A. Howe Public Library
    Hi Lew,

     I just love what you turn up and your research on the plates.

    I posted on Facebook awhile back a picture of a plate that I could not get to first base on… maybe your readers could help?

    Can anyone help with this name? What script/language? The bookplate is in a 1932 edition of this French text. I know the text in the bookplate banner is French renaissance poet Clement Marot's motto which translates as ' Death, dull are thy fangs (Death, where is thy sting?)' 
    I look forward to your response.

    If you have any information about these bookplates please
    send it to

     I wonder if anybody reading your blog  can identify this bookplate
    (On the other hand there must be somebody somewhere...)




    I have had this signature on laid paper for several years
     General George Meade's signature   usually contains his middle initial initial G
    (see photo below) In addition,  General Meade's son was also named George and there are  other  people named George Meade who lived in Philadelphia.
    I am inclined to think the signature was not written by the general.

    "George Gordon Meade (December 31, 1815 – November 6, 1872) was a career United States Army officer and civil engineer best known for defeating Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. He previously fought with distinction in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican–American War. During the Civil War, he served as a Union general, rising from command of a brigade to command of the Army of the Potomac. Earlier in his career, he was an engineer and was involved in the coastal construction of several lighthouses."

    I recently purchased a George Meade bookplate originally engraved by Dreka in Philadelphia.
    " Dreka Phila". is below the crest but it is very faint and not picked up in the scan.
    None of my reference books shed any light on this bookplate. If you dig deep enough on Google you will find one or two auctions which included the Meade bookplate (see the link below).

    Subsequent sales of the Meade bookplate use these auctions to verify authenticity..
    The bookplate is very questionable and I have my doubts about it.
    I will do more research and keep you updated.

    Hi Lew,

    I hope you are well.

    I also am not having much luck with the attached interesting plate for Dr. Procházka - any ideas?

    I found a couple cheap books with two of William Beebes plates (one with normal bird, one with flying dinosaur) that you mentioned on your site previously. Do you know the artist that made them?

    Kind regards,

    Here is another interesting bookplate. I wonder if you recognize it.

    I found a few gorgon plates with the same R.B. name and motto (and also a turtle) in the John Starr Stewart Ex Libris Collection at University of Illinois
    But they don't appear to have owner or artist listed (I tried asking the curator but haven't had a reply yet)

    There is writing on the back of mine that I attached but I can't make any of it out.

    Update Below Sent By Ben 
    Hi Ben, 

    I've taken a look at the R.B. bookplates and believe that I have found some information that you might find useful. 
    On the back of each bookplate a small note is glued in that reads: Buonaccorsi Roberto, Taranto (Italie).

    I've attached a picture of the note, and would be happy to help with any further questions.

    Kathryn Funderburg
    Rare Books and Manuscript Library GA
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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  • 12/28/17--11:21: Bookplate Odds and Ends
  • THE CLOCK IS TICKING-Don't Procrastinate

     I find it hard to believe that 2018 will be the start of my eleventh year as a blogger.
     To celebrate the occasion a new contest has begun.

    The rules are simple.

    Submit a caption for the S.O.S. bookplate.
    Only one entry per person

    All entries must be received in 2017

    The  winner will receive a limited edition , hardbound professionally published book with all my 2017 blog postings

    Send your entries to
    Jeffrey Price sent me this framed bookplate of the notable science fiction writer 
    Harlan Ellison       -Very Impressive
    Artists' Market Inc.
    163 Main Street
    Norwalk, CT 06851 USA


    Dear Lew.
    I hope you are having a happy holiday season.

    I received a neat volume about this artist. I thought this plate in particular was fun and that I might share a photo.

    A New Bookplate by Andy English

    Dear Lew,

    Thank you so much for letting me know! It’s my honor to share this bookplate on your blog. 
    This bookplate is a fairy theme bookplate, its size is 90mm in height by 60mm in width. The content is a man on the grassland, looking up at the flying island Laputa. Laputa was adapted from the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. The bottom of the island is flat from Swift's original book, but I think it is too drab, so I advised Andy to design a huge propeller instead of the flat bottom. The Laputa's buildings were adapted from Russian's traditional Church buildings which I like it very much.
    There is a lovely classic pooh beside the man who is looking at the Laputa, and a reindeer on the right side, because in the concept of role design, the man is my avatar. I like Children's illustrated books very much, both E.H. Shepard's pooh and the reindeer in the "Snow Queen" from Edmund Dulac's Andersen Fairy are my favorites. I also placed a fairy blowing the wind in the sky and a windmill on the right of the grassland so as to make the content  richer.

    Kind regards,


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  • 01/16/18--04:39: And The Winner Is

  • Congratulations to Justin Green. 

    His Winning Submission for the bookplate contest was:

    Don't Shoot- I thought it was You.


    eList 22 - Bookplates

    Bay Leaf Books is pleased to announce our new short list of bookplates.  This
    fully-illustrated PDF includes a wide variety of ex libris, from antiquarian armorials to contemporary collage-style, as well as plates from illustrious owners such as
    L. Frank Baum, John Gielgud, and Charles Goodspeed. 

    Note from Lew. Gabe Konrad's E list #22 is excellent.

    Unfortunately I am currently unable to provide a PDF link.

    To obtain a copy of the elist you can call Gabe Konrad at

    231 652 2665

    or go to his website link below and click on the catalogs section.


    Inquiries from fellow  collectors 

    If you can answer any of these inquires please respond to

     Dear Lew,

    A Happy New Year to you!

    Do you know who designed Harry Bache Smith's bookplate?  His initials might be either A. G. or A. C.  and it looks like it was printed in 1929.  Attached are two images.  


    Dear Mr. Jaffe

    I came across your blog about Californian bookplate artists.

    I am a bookplate collector and historian of science from Argentina, I am looking for a bookplate used by the chemist and historian of science Ladislao Reti.
    His library was sold by the legendary Californian bookdealer Zeitlin in the nineties.
     There is a chance some books from his library may pop up in California.
    Can you or one of your readers assist me in obtaining this bookplate ?
    Roberto A. Ferrari

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    Bookplate Exhibit

    Fellow Collect Tommy Wixon has a bookplate exhibit at the Pascagoula Public Library 
    Perhaps some of you might want to consider such an event at your own  local library

    New York City Events in March
    ABAA Show March 8th -11th


    Shadow Show #1


    Sheraton Central Park/Times Square
    811 7th Ave. (betw 52-53 sts)
    New York, NY


    Free shuttle to Armory all day

    PURCHASE TICKETS Online in advance and save $5 per ticket!

    Shadow Show #2

    The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair And Fine Press Book Fair - The Shadow Show!

    March 10, 2018
    The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair And Fine Press Book Fair - The Shadow Show!
      The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street, New York, NY 10065

    Just Across From The ABAA Show At The Park Avenue Armory!
    This is it - The Hip Shadow Show to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair!
    More Now Than Ever - This Is The Must Do Show In New York!
      In a fabulous location just across the street from the Armory and a short cab ride from Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal. We're surrounded by parking garages and subway stops!
      Exceptional Vintage Book & Ephemera dealers from across the United  States, Canada & Europe will gather to offer fine, rare, old books  alongside a wide range of vintage paper & ephemera.
    Hours are Saturday 10am-5pm
    Admission: Adults $15, Youths 13-21 $7, Under 13 free w/Paid Adult
    Appraisals 1-3pm by John Bruno, Star of  Market Warriors & Guest Appraisers!

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  • 05/16/18--11:01: Hello Again
  • I have been out of circulation for a while but now I am back.
    It is nice to be here again.

    I enjoy doing research about the owner's of bookplates.This one is unique.
     Dr. Austin O'Malley's bookplate was designed by his brother Frank Ward O'Malley.
    fUR narrative of Frank Ward O'Malley was broken yesterday by tho in
    The good doctor married Aline Demetria Ellis who was twenty years younger than him.
     She was having an affair with William J. Hearin  , a Cornell University student and she wished to get rid of her husband. She selected poison instead of a divorce attorney. Her poison of choice was arsenic.
    You can read all the sordid derails here,4105600&dq=austin+o-malley+notre+dame&hl=en

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    Many years ago almost everyone I knew collected something ,Stamps, Trading Cards, Matchbook Covers etc. Times have changed and most  collecting organizations are struggling to attract new members.Fellow collector Robert Bolton organized a bookplate exhibit at his local library.
    This is an excellent way to introduce bookplate collecting to a wide audience in your own community. Thank you Robert.

    "In March of 2017 I was allowed to display a sampling of my bookplate collection at Lanier Library in Tryon, North Carolina.  The focus of my collection primarily is on the artist rather than the owner of the bookplate.  Lanier Library is one of the few remaining membership libraries in the country.  Please refer to America’s Membership Libraries edited by Richard Wendorf with a preface by Nicolas Barker and published by Oak Knoll Press, 2007."

    Robert Bolton

    Sammy The Watch Cat 

    Fellow Collector Al Gury has a friend watching over his collection.

    Fellow Collector Jeff Price has added a few more framed bookplates in his gallery

    Artists' Market Inc.
    The Artists' Bookplate Museum
    163 Main Street
    Norwalk, CT 06851 USA                   

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  • 07/01/18--11:39: Letters to Audrey Arrellanes
  • Audrey Arellanes

    Audrey Arellanes  was a remarkable woman who singlehandedly ran the bookplate society for over thirty years.
    When she died  her daughter Denetia wrote about her in this article.

    Audrey corresponded with collectors, artists and many notable people on a regular basis.
    She was reluctant to throw out anything. I remember one box which contained thirty years of movie ticket stubs
    Here are a few of the letters Audrey received.

    Here is another letter she received after writing to the American Poet  Louis Untermeyer

    Here is a link to an article from The Literary Hub  about ten notable book collectors
    George Lucas Libtary

    JULY 4th

    July 4th is a few days away. My hope is that civility and sanity in our government  returns.
    On the other hand ,I do not think that will happen unless these guys launch another sneak attack.
    So I have an alternate wish . Let's hope the Democrats beat the crap out of the Republicans in the
    mid term elections.


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    Audrey Arellanes wrote many letters to notable people asking for bookplates .
     Aldous Huxley took the time to respond.
    I have always wanted the Huxley bookplate  designed by Bruno Bramante.
    An article about his bookplate appeared in the November 1947 edition of House and Garden Magazine. I already had a smaller Huxley bookplate which I suspect was posthumous.
    The late Richard Schimmelpfeng sent me a signed  copy of the Bramante bookplate before he died.

                    Small bookplate is probably posthumous
    In 1961 Aldous Huxley wrote to Audrey "I don't have a bookplate and wouldn't have time, if I did to strike it into all my books. "
    Interesting, Was Mr Huxley on a trip when he wrote the letter or was the bookplate never  sent to Mr. Huxley ? Your thoughts would be appreciated.
     Incidentally,Today, July 26th is Mr.Huxley's birthday.

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