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- 10/21/13--04:08: _Another Excellent L...
- 10/27/13--13:37: _The American Societ...
- 11/01/13--04:55: _ A New Bookplate Co...
- 11/03/13--13:41: _This Week in Bookpl...
- 11/10/13--14:23: _Odds and Ends
- 11/15/13--03:51: _Frances W. Delehanty
- 11/24/13--10:18: _This week in bookpl...
- 12/01/13--09:50: _This Week in Bookpl...
- 12/08/13--13:49: _Wendy O. Williams, ...
- 12/16/13--08:10: _Christmas Bookplates
- 12/21/13--05:29: _Odds and Ends
- 12/25/13--06:24: _Seasons Greetings
- 12/29/13--03:04: _Quirky Bookplates
- 01/01/14--05:35: _And The Winner Is
- 01/05/14--16:27: _Punning (Canting) B...
- 01/12/14--09:17: _This Week in Bookpl...
- 01/20/14--12:26: _The Bookplates of P...
- 01/26/14--07:27: _Robert Sneider, Eng...
- 02/04/14--03:09: _Bookplates On eBay
- 02/16/14--12:37: _The bookplates and ...
- 10/21/13--04:08: Another Excellent Link, Amy Sacker plus World War One Bookplates
- 10/27/13--13:37: The American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers
- 11/03/13--13:41: This Week in Bookplates 10/3/2013
- 11/10/13--14:23: Odds and Ends
- 11/15/13--03:51: Frances W. Delehanty
- 11/24/13--10:18: This week in bookplates 11/24/2013
- 12/01/13--09:50: This Week in Bookplates 12/1/2013
- 12/16/13--08:10: Christmas Bookplates
- 12/21/13--05:29: Odds and Ends
- 12/25/13--06:24: Seasons Greetings
- 12/29/13--03:04: Quirky Bookplates
- 01/01/14--05:35: And The Winner Is
- 01/05/14--16:27: Punning (Canting) Bookplates
- 01/12/14--09:17: This Week in Bookplates 1/12/2014
- 01/20/14--12:26: The Bookplates of Paul Macalister
- 01/26/14--07:27: Robert Sneider, Engraver,Printer,Medalist, and Lithographer
- 02/04/14--03:09: Bookplates On eBay
- 02/16/14--12:37: The bookplates and name labels of Leonard Baskin
Mark Schumacher at the University of North Carolina has an excellent site about Amy Sacker.
It includes biographical information plus many illustrations of her bookplates and decorative bindings
Mystery BookplateBarry D. Maurer's bookplate for his world War 1 book collection was designed by K.
Do any of you know who that artist might be?
I have a small collection of World War 1 bookplates and the Maurer plate is a welcome addition.
This is my collection
See You again on Sunday.
AUTUMN 2013 UPDATE: The 21st century of bookplate collecting
After many technical complications, ALL publications are underway (including finding a reliable digital press and tech support for the creation of printed and e-pubs).
ALL printed publications along with engraved keepsakes are near completion for our FULL PAID members. So we still value the old traditions, but printing, engraving, even handling & postage cost more these days. It would be nice to have a publications committee, but we must find enthusiastic volunteers in North America to join us in advancing the interest in bookplates!
Maybe some of your readers have the desire and the time to help..
It has been a while since my last update. From April through July, I took a scholarly excursion overseas. Some part of this excursion I shared with my friend and colleague, Nurgül Arikan.
I started in Stockholm and visited fine collections of North American bookplates in Sweden with the guidance of Lars Stolt and Per-Axel Wiktorsson . Then visited Klaus Roedel's bookplate museum in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Klaus is a pioneer and has been an active member of our society since 1968. He has one of the largest collections in the world. It covers all countries, all periods with a special focus on the contemporary art form.
And now, with cooperation from our international ex libris friends, we have quality articles coming in—mostly from Germany, Austria, Australia, UK, Sweden, and a few from the USA. I just need the time to assemble this excellent material or must delegate the responsibility.
Oh yes, did you know that in 2022 the society will host the FISAE International Ex Libris Congress in San Francisco for our 100th anniversary! This date is coming up quickly and I will be spending lots of time in the Bay Area. I certainly will benefit from my experiences with the Boston meeting. Fortunately, there is quite an active movement in the book arts in the SF region and we are already enlisting support for this event. Generally, year round Bay Area weather is the best of anywhere in the USA.
Just one year ago, technology could not support an illustrated e-Book such as this. In our first edition there are 130 artists with over 300 full color illustrations. I am presenting quotes on the future of bookplates from more than 30 of the most distinguished international artists/collectors. The Foreward is written by Cliff Parfit. I'm sure you will like it. ANY profits will go to marketing, future exhibitions, publications, and expanding the public's awareness of ex libris art.
Collectors & Designers
Let's celebrate together
2014 marks the beginning of my eighth year as a blog writer.
In blog years that is a long time.
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The first entry for the new bookplate contest * was sent by Don Hobbs
The second entry came from Gordon Collett
Entry Number Four Submitted by Richard Schimmelpfeng
Smug Looking Dragon
Entry Number Five Submitted by Tom Boss
Bookplate of Dr Leo Silberstern, an etching by Otto Siebert, Vienna, 1910,
Entry Number Six
Submitted by Michael Kunze
The design & etching artist is Fritz Schwimbeck, Munich (1899-1977);
The cruel design seems to symbolize pain which should be defeated
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Polar Bookplates Recently Received
There are many "social media" addictions which puzzle me.
Twitter for example seems like a waste of time in order to save time.
Having said that I have recently discovered something of interest on Pinterest, a website for keeping electronic scrapbooks.
I get a number of hits (referrals) from the readers of Pinterest and just found out that by following the link below you can see hundreds of images which were pasted from my blog .Looking at the images was like a trip down memory lane for me.You may have to register to see the images but I encourage you to do so.
If all goes well I will be back before the week is over with a well researched article about Frances W. Delehanty.
I want to thank fellow collector Richard Schimmelpfeng who did most of the research for this article .
Two weeks ago Richard Schimmelfeng asked me what I knew about her and we decided to collaborate .
Image of Daniel Delehanty bookplate from Special Collections Department University of Delaware Library
“Bookplate for Robert Means Thompson, ” Digital Collections - Lake Forest College, , http://collections.lakeforest.edu/items/show/6720.
Frances W. (Fanny) Delehanty, American artist, illustrator, 1879-1977. Born in San Francisco, lived in New York City area, possibly Washington D.C. area also. Listed in New York City Social Register. She descended from both the Washington and Madison families. She studied at Pratt Institute and had one woman shows in New York City. In later years, circa 1940s, she lived in Bethlehem Connecticut with Lauren Ford (1891-1973), another artist, at “Sheepfold” on Crane Hollow Road. She spent some years in France, served as a nurse in World War I, and after World War II she and Miss Ford brought nuns from Solesmes to Bethlehem where they started the present Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis.
She was an author and illustrator of several children’s books for young Catholics.
As an illustrator she used the name of F.W. Delehanty, or Frances W. Delehanty, and used a monogram of FD. Apparently in later years she used the name of Fanny, rather than Frances.
Adelrich Benziger (monogram ’01)
Theodore E. Blake (monogram ’20)
Edgar Howard Boles (F.W. Delehanty 1921)
Cyris Townsend Brady (monogram ’07)
Victor E. Brenner (monogram)
Daniel Delehanty, U.S. Navy
Blanca Duncan (Frances W. Delehanty)
Thomas Butler Eastland (monogram)
Louisine Waldron Ferrier (monogram)
Francisca Club (F.S. Delehanty 04)
Alva B. Gimbel (F.W. Delehanty)
Herbert Ten Broeck Jacquelin (monogram)
Clarence H. Mackay (monogram ’07)
Katherine Mackay (Frances W. Delehanty ’07)
Ethel Louise McLean F.W. Delehanty ’09)
Caroline Newhall (F.W. Delehanty)
Sarah Thompson Pell (F.W. Delehanty ’05)
Pratt Art Club (monogram ’06)
Constance Helen Pulitzer (F.W. Delehanty)
Almira Rockefeller (monograpm ’20)
Urline Sibley (F.W. Delehanty ’10)
Kate Cameron Simmons
Nora E. Snow (monogram)
James H. Weeks Memorial Collection
Canticle of the Three Children in the Fiery Furnace. New York : Sheed & Ward, 1936.
The Works of Jesus, by Edna S. Little. San Francisco : Paul Elder Co., 1909.
Cover by Frances W. Delehanty.
A Group of Recent Portraits by Frances W. Delehanty. New York : Ferargil Galleries. 1927.
Sunday Mass Set to Single Gregorian Formulae, by Justine Ward. New ed. Desclee. 1943.
Heralds of the King : the story of the Nativity, by Gertrude Crownfield ;
NEW YORK SOCIAL BLUE BOOK--1930
Delehanty, Mrs. Daniel 439 E. 51
Miss Bertha R. Delehanty
Miss Frances W. Delehanty
Mr. Thornton W. Delehanty
Journal of the Ex Libris Society, v. 15 (1904) p. 117.
Rights, Edith. Women Bookplate Artists .(privately printed)
Obituary, Hartford Courant, Jan. 14, 1977.
I recently purchased this bookplate by Viggo Jacobsen and was able to find information about it at this link.
Here are a few time tested tips to help you build your collection without having guilt pangs about telling white lies to your spouse about what you paid for that must have bookplate.
Ask if they have accumulated any bookplates over the years which he might be willing to part with..
If they have none see if he can recommend a colleague who might have some.
Library Book Sales in the U.S,A.
Most communities have library book sales where you can obtain books and books with bookplates inexpensively..Here is a free weekly service you can get about book sales in your area.
Join a Bookplate Society
Most countries have bookplate societies. Through these organizations you can meet other collectors with whom you can exchange duplicates.and learn more about your hobby.
I am a member of two societies:Americian and U.K.
A comprehensive list of bookplate societies around the world
Your local antiquarian bookseller can assist you if you make yourself known to him (or her)
When I enter a store for the first time I usually gravitate to the poetry section because books in that section tend to have more bookplates.
Exchange your duplicates with other collectors.
Here are seven duplicates I currently have for possible exchange:
More tips will be posted here as they are received.
See you next weekend
For many years I was a regular exhibitor at the Maryland Microscope Show because I had accumulated an eclectic mixture of books, ephemera and gadgets relating to science and technology . When I started collecting bookplates I was particularly interested in those depicting microscopes. Here are a few examples from my collection;
John Gustav Dell recently updated the excellent article he wrote about bookplates and microscopes. .
The article originally appeared in Modern Microscopy. It is well written and well illustrated.
Here is a link to the article
Rebecca Eschliman Just sent the following note:
Do you have in your collection the universal design done by Antioch Bookplate in 1943, designed by Harry Roth? I didn't see it noted in the article, either
|Submitted by Debra Walker|
|Submitted by Craig Harris|
He used an attractive printed bookplate which is not artist signed. The Harper's May poster was done by Edward Penfield and there is a striking similarity between the two. Perhaps the image on the bookplate was copied from something done by him.
Earlier in the week I received this Email :
Any insight will be helpful.?
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I would be pleased to receive more scans from you of Christmas bookplates for inclusion in this posting .
sent me two images this week which are timely:
He a graphic artist and book illustrator who utilizes mixed etching techniques
Konstantin Kalinovich was born in Russia and now lives in The Ukraine. He studied at The Ukrainian Academy of Print and works in the fields of painting, graphic arts, book illustration. Kalinovich has devoted himself to bookplate design since 1985.
"I attach a card that was printed and "tinted" at the T J Lyons Press when I worked there about 30 years ago. We were well known for fancy letterpress printing utilizing Victorian typefaces & ornaments. Lots of bookplates too!
To the best of my knowledge, the Boston city scape engraving was originally created at the Riverside Press in Cambridge. You know, they were publishers and book printers started by Henry Houghton in 1852 . A few years later George Mifflin became a partner "
*Note From Lew-
The American Society has revamped and updated their website. It is well done and loaded with useful information including electronic versions of most of the major bookplate reference books.
Here is a snapshot of this month's activity by country.
The surprises are Malaysia and the U .K ,. which more often than not is in second place
Congratulations Craig Harris.The judges decided your plate was the most interesting..
It was difficult to make the final decision as so many of the plates were excellent.
I want to thank all the participants for submitting entries..
The creature depicted is a Kappa.
To find out more about the Kappa click here:
Punning bookplates have always fascinated me.
If you have any in your collection please send me a scan(s).
They will be posted to this blog as they are received.
Puns in languages other than English would be most welcome.
Send your scans to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
Three of the plates shown below are actually rebus/punning plates
|A R Kane is a rebus/ punning plate|
|Another rebus/punning plate|
1/6/2014 Jos Swiers sent a number of Dutch punning plates
La Chapelle (chapel)
Pam. G. Rueter
B.H. Vos (fox)
Dijkhuizen (houses on a dyke)
Kiewiet (pewit)-de Jong
C. Vos (fox)
Dirk van Luijn
Pam G. Rueter
Dorrenboom (dry tree)
Dugald Stewart WalkerI hope to publish a checklist of the bookplates designed by Dugald Stewart Walker.
The Library of Virginia has a collection with about twenty bookplates which he designed.
The Autumn 1991 issue of Virginia Cavalcade has a ten page well illustrated article about him . written by
Stacy Gibbons Moore and Edward D.C. Campbell,Jr..
You may still be able to purchase this issue .
TO ORDER BACK ISSUES contact
In dribs and drabs I've accumulated five bookplates by Paul R. Macalister He is not mentioned in any of my reference books so I embarked on a Google search and found his biography on the website for the Papillon Gallery, In addition, they are currently offering for sale the original pen and ink drawing for the Paul and Verner Macalister bookplate.
If you have any bookplates by Paul Macalister which are not shown below please send scans and they will be added to this blog posting.
|Paul R. MacAlister|
Paul Ritter MacAlister was born in Camden, New Jersey on October 15, 1901. He was a noted designer, collector, writer, illustrator, lecturer and architect.
MacAlister studied at both the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Philadelphia School of Industrial Art. He furthered his studies at Yale University’s School of Architecture, from which he holds the first degree ever awarded in Interior Design and Architecture. He also spent two years at the École des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleau, France, studying with Bourdelle and Carlu.
Upon graduation MacAlister established his own design firm in New York and executed the interiors for several yachts and offices during his first year in business. This was followed by many years of successful work in interior decoration and architecture for such outstanding personalities as Clarence Mackay, Thomas Eastman, Roy Howard, John D. Rockefeller Jr., and George Vanderbilt among others.
In his studio in Rockefeller Center, MacAlister conceived and directed a display of furnishings for decorators' use known as the Permanent Exhibition of Decorative Arts and Crafts, which occupied an entire floor in the main office building at Rockefeller Centre from 1933-35.
Paul Macalister served in the U.S. Navy during WW II in its Department of Training Devices, along with designer Henry Glass, under the head of its design program, Cleveland designer Viktor Schreckengost. After the war, MacAlister went to Chicago in 1946 to accept the position of Director of Interior Decoration and Industrial Design at Montgomery Ward and Company, and to conduct a color survey for them. He later established his own design firm in Chicago.
MacAlister produced one of the first TV shows on home design in Chicago in the mid-1950s. He later served as a consultant and appeared frequently on the NBC Home Show. He developed and mass-produced "Plan-a-Room" kits with scale furniture and room layouts that could be used to plan and organize home spaces for consumers. The kits were also used by 1500 schools and colleges as a visual planning device.
MacAlister was president of the Industrial Designers Institute (IDI) in 1953. He founded, and for many years chaired, IDI's pioneer national design awards program, which began in 1951 and continued until 1965. He was awarded IDI Fellowship, which was honored by IDSA when it was formed in 1965 by IDI and other organizations. He lived in Lake Bluff, IL.
In 1974 he designed a cardboard kit to recreate an astrolabe, an astronomical instrument with a history going back to ancient times. The kit was published as part of a book by Roderick S. Webster titled “The Astrolabe. Some notes on its history, construction and use”. Also in his list of accomplishments is the entire interior decoration of the expensive home of George Vanderbilt, noted big game hunter, at Long Island, N. Y.
He was a member of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Industrial Designers Society of America, of which he was the president in 1950-51; Royal Society of Arts, London; Early American Industrial Association; and the Midwest Tool Collectors Association. He exhibited at the Beaux Arts in 1924 and 1925, the Art Institute of Chicago in 1950, and The Industrial Designers Institution in 1956 (silver medal), among others.
Long a leader in his field, MacAlister was responsible for the first successful contemporary designs for automobile hardware, the earliest use of the set-back base in furniture design and the storage head-board, as well as many design for textiles, wallpapers and plastics. An exponent of contemporary design, his work has greatly influenced the trend of American furniture design during the past twenty years.
Paul MacAlister passed away on November 2, 1990.
"EX-LIBRIS, PAUL AND VERNER MACALISTER"
PEN AND INK, SIGNED
AMERICAN, DATED 1928
22 X 16.5 INCHES
Currently available at The Papillon Gallery
One of the things I enjoy is unearthing information about bookplate designers who are relatively unknown.
Once such research is posted on the blog other collectors and researchers are encouraged to send additional data and scans to firstname.lastname@example.org
On several occasions relatives of artists have stumbled upon my blog and generously contributed information..
My first batch of bookplates engraved by Robert Sneider were in a lot that originally came from the shop of Theodore B.Starr , an early 20th century jeweler and silversmith.in New York City
Some of the bookplates were signed by Robert Sneider . Others which appeared to be by him were not.
I have only scanned the signed ones.
Mr.Sneider ((1841-1917) is listed in various New York City trade directories at thee different locations.
The earliest ,in 1877 was at 37 John Street,From there he relocated to Fulton St.
His ads indicated i that he was an engraver,printer, lithographer and a medalist
.I suspect he was also a silver engraver.
These two are about a very focused book collector who has the funds to aggressively pursue his hobby.
See you next Sunday
From time to time I select choice duplicates from my collection and put them on eBay.
This time around I had a spurt of energy and listed 25 bookplates.
2/11/2014- The Ebay auction has ended.Bidding was aggressive and robust.
If you wish to be notified before my next auction please send me an Email
|Engraved by S.L.Smith|
|Engraved by J.W.Spenceley|
|Drawn by Dugald Stewart Walker|
|Engraved by W.P.Barrett|
|By Rockwell Kent|
|By Rockwell Kent|
|By Harry Roundtree|
|Engraved by E.D. French|
|Engraved by E.D.French|
|By Dugald Stewart Walker|
|By H.J. F. Badeley|
|By Dugald Stewart Walker|
|Wood Engraving by Asa Cheffetz|
|Arts and Crafts,unknown artist|
|Engraved by Leo Wyatt|
|Engraved by W.F. Hopson|
|Engraved by E.D.French|
|Wood Engraving by Asa Cheffetz|
|By W. E. Fisher|
|By Rockwell Kent|
Compiling a checklist of bookplates by Leonard Baskin is challenging for a variety of reasons.
I am indebted to James M.Goode and Alan Fern for collaborating on the initial checklist to which I have added additional items of my own and from the Tom Boss collection.
The Complete Prints of Leonard Baskin, a catalogue Raisonne,1948-1983 by Alan Fern and Judith O'Sullivan is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn more about Leonard Baskin.
I know of no comprehensive listing of bookplates and book labels done after 1983.
Leonard Baskin was a compulsive buyer of books and ephemera .He often offered to pay for merchandise by designing a bookplate or print.
This was case with the bookplates for Robin Halways.and Thomas Boss,
These impromptu transactions are often hard to track.
In addition, Mr.Baskin lived in England for several years and some of the bookplates he did while living there
are still unknown.
This is a work in progress.. There are bound to be errors and omissions. I need your help with
scanned images to fill in the gaps. You can also assist me by sending scans of items omitted from this checklist .
Your help is appreciated.
OWNER FERN #
Rabbi Bernard Baskin
L&LB Leeds- In 1984, the Baskins returned to the US to live in Leeds in Massachusetts
Russell Sage College Library
Bennett and Doris Schiff, 1953 #220
Cynthia and Paul Seaton,1959 #382
Arnold Paul Silverman
Smith College Library
Smith Glass and Mirror- #389
More research needed- This may not be a bookplate
Taft School Library
Temple Emanuel Library -
After searching on Google I found about twenty different places of worship with that name. Does anyone out there know which Temple Emanuel used this bookplate?
Louis and Julia Wasserman
Worcester public Library, Sax Collection,1952
Yale University Library,The Gehenna Press Collection
This is only the beginning.I will be adding new information and scans as they are received.