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- 09/09/13--08:32: _Part Of My Want Lis...
- 09/16/13--10:15: _This Week in bookpl...
- 09/23/13--12:49: _This Week in Bookpl...
- 09/24/13--12:44: _Edith A. Rights
- 09/29/13--07:33: _Lots Of Links
- 10/03/13--12:26: _Email From England
- 10/06/13--11:42: _The Bookplates of F...
- 10/12/13--10:15: _The Bookplates of E...
- 10/20/13--07:55: _A Useful Angling Li...
- 07/13/13--04:51: Collector Profile- Michael Kunze
- 07/21/13--09:42: Two Bookplate Artists: John Hudson Elwell and Daniel Mitsui
- 07/23/13--07:14: The Bookplate Society's Summer Auction
- 07/27/13--20:53: Collector Profile , Andrew Peake
- 08/04/13--13:31: The Oldest American Bookplate
- 08/11/13--05:22: American , German & English Bookplates on Ebay
- 08/17/13--16:11: Random Thoughts about Bookplates, Ephemera and Life In General
- 08/25/13--14:17: Mystery Bookplate & A Link For History Buffs
- 09/01/13--16:12: Bookplate Artist Profile , Gordon Collett
- 09/04/13--05:26: Two Links That Have Nothing To Do With Bookplates
- 09/05/13--06:10: Sale,Exchange and Auction Announcements
- 09/09/13--08:32: Part Of My Want List- Bookplates Used By Famous People
- 09/16/13--10:15: This Week in bookplates 9/16/2013
- 09/23/13--12:49: This Week in Bookplates 9/23/20013 - Bookplates For Exchange
- 09/24/13--12:44: Edith A. Rights
- 09/29/13--07:33: Lots Of Links
- 10/03/13--12:26: Email From England
- 10/06/13--11:42: The Bookplates of Fridolf Johnson
- 10/12/13--10:15: The Bookplates of Edward Leighton. Doty
- 10/20/13--07:55: A Useful Angling Link, Daniel B. Fearing Collection
|My own bookplate made in 2000, still looking like me.|
Michael and Elizabeth Kunze|
Nice but nothing special so far; However, the owner’s bookplate "Ex Bibliotheca Serenissimae Domus Saxo-Isenacensis" - i.e. (Library of the venerable House Saxon-Eisenach) puzzled me.
Here are several of my favorites:
Carl Otto Czeschka, born 1878 in Vienna, lived in Hamburg when he made the elegant bookplate for Martha Hane in 1910.
|Max Klinger did this bookplate for Eduard Arnhold, a Berlin merchant and banker, in 1906|
Notes From Lew
Thank you Michael for submitting your profile.
Mrs. Geri Caruso sent me this Email last week
"I wanted to let you know that after reading your blog and looking at the bookplates for a while I decided to contacted one of the bookplate artists. She designed a bookplate for my son which I gave him as a birthday present. We did it so that he can reproduced it by printing it on sticky paper. It was a hit! Highly individual and useful forever
Michael is reader and a gardener. The little guy in the picture is his son Nick"
Here is the bookplate which was designed by Muriel Frega
I really enjoyed this month's edition of the Old Book News Monthly and want to share it with you.
Of particular interest was the article about searching on line book databases
See you again next Sunday.
John Hudson Elwell
Back in 2008 I mentioned John Hudson Elwell , a very talented engraver about whom I had very little information.
A calling card engraved by John Hudson Elwell in 1918 ,while employed by the W.H. Brett Co. of Boston.
If you click on to the link you will find biographical information about the engraver along with a checklist of the 55 known bookplates he engraved... The website also is a tribute to Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957)
a western Massachusetts artist who designed some of the nicest bookplates engraved by Mr. Elwell.
Several readers have inquired about a source for affordable tastefully designed bookplates . I am pleased to mention that Daniel Mitsui has recently issued eight different universal bookplates.
They are six dollars for a package of 10 or 45 dollars for a package of 100 (plus shipping)
Here are two examples:
You Can see all eight designs by following this link:
Bookplate Collecting Profile
|A calligraphy plate made for me in a shop in Istanbul, Turkey.|
|Gordon Collett an English artist;|
|David Frazer, an Australian wood block artist|
|Tom Mitchell an Australian caricaturist|
Here are some Australian links:
The Australian Bookplate Society
Currently listing about 99 different bookplates on Ebay with starting bids of 99 cents each
See you next Sunday
I never gave much thought to what might be the oldest American bookplate until several very thoughtful dealers forwarded a blog posting by Rebecca Rego Barr at The Fine Books Blog
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:20:58 -0400IFrom: "Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts (PRB&M)"
Subject: Re: ["EXLIBRIS-L"] First American bookplate?
Vic and others,
At the bottom of the blog I see:
"However, is it not truly a book label since it was printed and not engraved
or etched as bookplates generally are?"
Bookplates of the 15th- and 16th-century, and well into the 17th-century, are
woodcut or printed from type. Very, very few of that period are engraved.
19th- and 20th-century bookplates can be lithographed, chromolithographed,
linocut, woodengraved, photomechanically produced, etc. It would be very
difficult for an Anglo-American bookplate of the 17th-century to be engraved
(in the New World) for that art is late in arriving in the Anglo colonies and
was not practice in the 1640s.
Now about "America." It is being used in a very Anglo-centric way.
Libraries, both institutional and private, existed in Spanish America more
than 100 years before they did in the English colonies. The earliest
bookplates for Mexico, as far as we know (but much research is still needed)
are in books that belonged the Jesuit establishments and were a woodcut stamp
on pieces of paper that were affixed to pastedowns and other blank areas.
Other times the stamp was simply used as a stamp. These date from as early as
David SzewczykI Confess, I have an Anglo-centric bias and do not think in terms of the other countries which had a foothold in what was to become America.If you eliminate the Spanish settlers on the west coast , the French colonists in The Louisiana Territory and focus only on English settlers and land owners what is the earliest American Bookplate?
Perhaps it is this one dated 1702
|Charles Carroll the Settler|
|Charles Carroll the Settler|
|Attorney General of the Maryland Colony|
|Attorney General for the Calvert Proprietorship|
|Attorney General of the Maryland Colony|
|Spouse(s)||Martha Ridgely Underwood, Mary Darnall|
|Children||Anthony, Charles, Charles, Henry, Eleanor, Bridget, Charles (of Annapolis), Anthony, Daniel, Mary, Eleanor|
|Occupation||Planter, Lawyer, Businessman|
See You next Sunday.
The Bennett A. Cerf bookplate was designed by Rockwell Kent.|
If you examine the stone face under magnification (click on the image) you will see Mr. Cerf's name
Daniel Mitsui is at the top of his game.
Here is one of his recent bookplate designs.
** Catalog of the Franks Collection of British and American Bookplates Bequeathed To The British Museum by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks
Mr. Allen attributes the bookplate to Peter Maverick but this is highly unlikely.
It is also possible that Allen was describing a bookplate for another person named William Stephens .
The quest begins. I will keep you updated as my research continues...
From time to time I still use" archaic" words like dungarees and valise
I remember how Tomatoes tasted before the advent of corporate genetic alteration.
That's why I am a card carrying member of this organization.
.It's interesting to see how quickly words change within a few generations
In the 1890's men smoked Segars imported from Havana
The rebirth of an old idea- From The New York Times July 29,2013
Some Hotels Offer people an escape from electronic addiction (My Words)
|Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Time|
Whatever comes around goes around.
Let's turn the clock back to the days when men smoked segars.
Many hotels had reading rooms.
Here are just a few bookplate examples:
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER WRITINGS OF SIX MAJOR SHAPERS OF THE UNITED STATES:
|A picture of me at work on a trompe l’œil bookcase mural.|
Acxiom , one of the world's largest data compilers, knows more about you than you could ever imagine. You can access the information they have collected about you at the link shown below.
This sort of data is used by banks to determine credit worthiness and by potential employers to find out what you omitted from the employment application .
It is in your best interest to review this data carefully to catch any significant errors.
You may find the process both challenging and frustrating. It was designed to frustrate you and prevent you from opting out
I would like to purchase some of the posters relating to the incident .
Here is a link to the article:
So there you have it. One somewhat frivolous link and one very important one, neither of which has anything to do with bookplates.
This is an extremely scarce and wonderful printed broadside commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first demonstration of surgical anesthesia and inviting the recipient to the celebration.
This printed piece brings together important people in both medicine and the book arts as it is signed by both Bigelow and Warren for Massachusetts General. Additionally, the broadside, which measures about 8 by 12 inches, was designed by Bertram Goodhue, who was a typographer, book artist and maker of bookplates. The engraving was done by E D French and it may be his largest piece of work. Finally, the invitation was printed by the Merrymount Press in Boston under the watchful eye of D B Updike.
Not many copies were printed and it is a very scarce piece of medical and anesthesia ephemera and the work of Goodhue, Updike and French.
Note from Lew-
This information was sent to me by Tom Boss.
The item is currently available for sale.
Upcoming Auction Modern European Bookplates
Groeninge 34, 8000 Brugge, Belgium,
Kerrytown BookFestival , Michigan Sunday September 8th
I've probably mentioned in the past that I am always looking for bookplates from the libraries of famous people from any country. This is usually a challenging hunt but from time to time I come up with a winner.
Last week I obtained one of Edith Wharton's bookplates..She had several .
Green Bookplate was used by King Farouk|
At the top of my list is William Jefferson Clinton. I call it my holy grail. He has used at least two different bookplates that I know of.The most recent one was designed when some of his books were damaged after a flood in his Westchester County home.
The trouble is that he is difficult to reach. His firewalls have firewalls .The one time I shook his hand at a book signing I was too intimidated to ask and the moment passed. Oh well, hope springs eternal.
See you again on Sunday.
I purchased this bookplate last week and assumed it was English. I was wrong.
It turns out it was designed by May and Grace Greenleaf of Indianapolis, Indiana,
It is the only bookplate I own by these artists.
In searching through my reference books I found a partial checklist of other bookplates they designed,
Earlham Alumni, Illustrated P.98 Some American College Bookplates by Harry Parker Ward
Harry Irving Miller
Carolyn Louise Salter
If you have any bookplates by these artists please send a scan and it will be added to this posting
Boxing is not a common theme on bookplates so I was very pleased to obtain this bookplate by
Dugald Stewart Walker.I also have a duplicate for possible exchange.
Every morning I receive a newsletter called Exlibris-L-Digest .
More often than not I glance at it and then it is deleted. Yesterday and today there were very interesting topics discussed.
Dick Lowenstein asked this question:
I am looking for the names of successful second-hand book shops in public
libraries. Not, for example, the N. Y. Public Library, which sells only new
books at its main location. A real store where customers can browse and buy
second-hand books. Small to big shops, size doesn't matter. Combined gift and
book stores, too, as long as the books offered are not new books.
Here are a few of the responses:Try the Toronto Public Library:
Book Ends and Book Ends South
Lots of choice and excellent prices. Many branches of this very large
library system also sell withdrawn and donated books.
Dick, I am pretty sure there is such a shop in the main San
Francisco Public Library, just inside the entrance on Grove
Street. I do believe it is run by the library, so if you are
looking for shops which are independently run, by a private
individual, even though in a library, this shop likely does not
qualify. But it does sell used books.
For a smaller town, the Newport Public library has a nice store run by its
To this list I would add my favorite right here in Philadelphia.
There was also an interesting link about 10 inspiring bookshops around the world.The ads on the site are both annoying and intrusive but it is still worth looking at.In fact I would love to visit each and every shop described.
See You next week.
I just found this database and it looks like it might take more than a few minutes to poke into all the nooks and crannies.. The bookplate portion is overwhelming.
Magician's bookplates for possible exchange
A Quirky Bookplate for possible exchange
Edith A. Rights wrote The Bookplates of Arthur Nelson Macdonald in 1986 and that's when I first met her..Although I did not know her very well she was someone I trusted and admired.
She loved to do research and went out of her way to assist new bookplate collectors.
Sadly, I have to write that she passed away on September 20th.
Last week I attended the Rittenhouse Art Show and purchased this bee bookplate from Marina Terauds.
Here is one of the items (subject to prior sale) from his website:
|RHEBERGEN (Jan)||Ref: 00327510.00€|
|bois gravé en couleurs , 20° , HOLLANDE - JAPON |
Seimiya (Hitoshi) 188-1969
Okay , I slipped this one in because it makes me feel good.
Grandson Harrison walking with me yesterday.
Here is a thoughtful well written blog about medieval manuscripts;
I Received the following message this morning from Anthony Pincott in England
I was cursing earlier this week at UK post offices going on strike for a day. Now there is a large republic in chaos, resulting in this sort of nonsense:
Note From Lew : For those of you who wish to join The Bookplate Society follow this link:
See You on Sunday.
For the next few weeks I plan to focus on bookplate artists about whom very little has been written.
Fridolf Johnson ( 1904-1988) was a collector , author and designer. His book A Treasury of Bookplates from the Renaissance to the Present was published in 1977 and is still one of the best starter books for collectors . Is is readily available and inexpensive.
With your help I hope to seed a fairly complete check list. If you have bookplates he designed which are not shown please send me a scan(s) and they will be added to this posting.
Send your scans to
*Biographical Note"Author, illustrator and calligrapher Fridolf Johnson (1905-1988) studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and then remained in Illinois for nine years as art director for the Frankel-Rose Agency. He moved to California in 1942, free- lancing in San Francisco and operating Contempo Art Service in Hollywood. After ten years on the West Coast, Johnson left for New York in 1952 where he worked as a designer and professional calligrapher. From the 1950s into the 1960s, Johnson became increasingly interested in printing and typography. He established his own private press, the Mermaid Press, and became an active member of the Typophiles, Junkateers, Zamorano Club, and New York Chappel of Private Presses. From 1962 until 1970 Johnson was the executive editor of American Artist and contributed myriad book reviews and articles for the periodical. He wrote on topics ranging from contemporary graphic art, lithography, and printmaking to book illustrations, bookplates, and the artists Rockwell Kent and William Morris. Johnson also wrote A Treasury of Bookplates from the Renaissance to the Present, co-authored 200 Years of American Graphic Art, and edited Rockwell Kent: An Anthology of His Work. Examples of his calligraphy and print specimens can be found in the collections of several museums, galleries, and public libraries, including the New York Public Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Johnson resided in Woodstock, New York, until his death in July 1988".
*Extracted from The University of Delaware Library website where his papers (1950-1985) are housed.
before sending the drawing to Dr. Hill"
Herman C. Johnson was
"an an inveterate elbow-bender. When I made up the rough sketch I had no idea that he would ask me to complete it for I meant it only as a sly commentary on his habits."
This is the second in a series about bookplate artists who have not left much of a published trail.
Edward L. Doty worked in Boston in the 1930's
If you have any bookplates by him which are not shown below please send a scan to
Over time, working together we may be able to build a checklist along with some biographical information for future generations.
In my attempt to find some background information I unearthed the following:
In 1939 Mary E. Doty of Lynn, Mass. donated bookplates engraved by Edward Leighton Doty to the Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston.
None of the bookplates were illustrated but these are the ones for which I will try to obtain images.
Andrew De Coppet
General William Franklin Draper
S.M.Incedo Super Ignes
Mission House, Stockbridge- 10/15/2013, Image found and added below
Perth Amboy High School ,The James Chapman Prize
Henry Parrish Roosevelt
I plan to contact the museum in order to obtain more information and hopefully some additional scans.
11/13/2013 Within hours of yesterday's posting about Edward L. Doty I received the following information:Hi--
Just some background on Edward Doty:
|Leonora Blanche Kimball's plate was engraved in 1938|
|The George Burgess Magrath Library plate was engraved in 1934|
|Stewart Mitchell's plate was designed by Richard Andrew in 1937 and engraved by Mr. Doty in 1938|
|Horton Winter Reed's plate was engraved by Mr. Doty in 1937|
|Charlotte B. Webber's plate was also engraved by Mr. Doty in 1937|
Fellow collector David Kolstad sent me this link with images of Angling bookplates in the Daniel B. Fearing Collection at the Houghton Library.
When you click on the link you may be surprised to find that you currently have some of the plates but never realized they related to fishing.
Here is an an example ( In my mind it is still a boxing plate ).
The description in
A Catalogue of The Angling Bookates forming the collection of Daniel B. Fearing
Newport, R.I is as follows :
141 Harry , Arthur James
"Process,Signed J.T. W. 3 15/16 x3
Welsh.Pictorial.A disjointed rod, landing net and creel.
Motto:Pawb yn ei arfau( (everyone to his taste)
a Black, on cream-colored paper
b Rose, on white paper "
Anthony Pincott just sent the following information: