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    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 Bookplate

    Barry 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
    Additional information about the American Library Association's World War One bookplates can be found here

    If you would like me to add images to this posting  of WW1 bookplates from your collection send Jpeg scans to

    See You again on Sunday.

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    James P. Keenan is the director of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers (ASBC&D).  The bookplate collecting association for America ( Established 1922).  He sent me information about  his plans for the society. With his permission I have copied the  information.and I encourage you to to visit the newly revised and updated ASBC&D website

    I asked James to send me a few bookplate images from  the  100+   he has commissioned

    . Here are a few examples:

    (Birds)  CGD by Nurgül Arikan (Turkey)

     Calligraphy by Joke van den Brandt (Belgium)

    Jazz Bookplate by Yuri Borovitsky

    AUTUMN 2013  UPDATE: The 21st century of bookplate collecting

    The Society's email address is still the most efficient means of communication.

    That is:  

     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.

     Our NEW interactive website is a major breakthrough.  It has taken more than 2 years to develop   At last, we are up and running!  On our site we offer a research “Library” with dozens of complete books scanned (and many more to come).  There is the online “Ex Libris Exchange” page where you can post your items for exchange.  An "Author/Artist" page where members & visitors can submit articles and images--it is not even necessary to go to the post office!  And the “Forum” page where you may be in contact with other collectors, ask questions, and post images.  We have the “Art of This Century Gallery” (out of respect for Peggy Guggenheim’s famous New York City gallery) with hundreds of bookplates by top international artists representing many nations! YOUR DAILY PARTICIPATION IS KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SITE.

    Take a LOOK!!  I always eagerly await  suggestions for your society’s website.

    ALL good things take time.   I found our talented webmaster from The  University of Connecticut at Storrs living in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico!  

     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.

    Klaus Roedel

    A Link to the Frederikshavn Museum

    In the UK I visited the British Museum collections and the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge.  Spent a few days at Oxford and a few more to see Cliff Parfit who is a regular contributor to the Chronicle.  

    Cliff Parfit and Bian in the UK  

    Then across the Channel to visit the International Ex Libris Centrum, the world's first bookplate museum at Sint-Niklaas in Belgium .

    A link to The Sint-Niklaas Museum

     I spent nearly 2 weeks in Antwerp with engraver Frank-Ivo van Damme and his wife, Johanna “Joke” van den Brandt (she designed our logo We are developing a traveling exhibition of Frank-Ivo's bookplates accompanied by Spanish-English edition about his engravings.

    Frank-Ivo van Damme at home in Belgium  

     Joke van den Brandt at home in Belgium

    Our Logo Designed by Joke

    This was followed by a week at the German ex libris congress at Wurzbach.

    Patricia Nik-Dad and I Wurzbach DEG Congress Dinner

    Nurgül Arikan (Turkey) and Maria Maddalena 

    Through the generosity of the museums and individual collectors throughout our excursion we managed to replace nearly 1,500 books and  many bookplates (I think over 300++ kilos!). These had been previously donated  during  Audrey Spencer Arellane's regime (1968-2000), but were lost along the way. Of course, not having any past records makes my job a little harder although I suppose we must "start" somewhere.

     It is part of my life's mission to try to replace some of this material and I have gained unbelievable support and cooperation from our domestic and international colleagues. At least we do know that some part of the Society's original collection is "safe" at the Library of Congress and at Millikin University. We are only missing 32 years.

    After the German meeting, I visited Istanbul for a over a month while I worked on my new book:  BOOKPLATES: The Art of This Century

       Book cover design by  Nurgül Arikan

     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. 

    After Turkey, I took off for a continuation of this scholarly excursion by visiting bookplate enthusiasts in Italy. Many important bookplate connoisseurs and talented engravers come from Italy. I spent extra time with Mario de Filippis in Arezzo and Gian Carlo Torre in Genova (this was my second trip to visit them in less than a year).

    There is no doubt that through multi-language publications and cooperation with our colleagues we will build a worldwide unity for bookplates.  Along with this will be a rediscovery and understanding of collecting through the traditional “exchange” process.
    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. 

    So, I am making plans for international competitions, traveling exhibitions, new publications, and new studio tours to visit many of the finest engravers in the world. We are properly connected and I can coordinate, but I will need lots of support.  And now, I am planning Master Artist workshops in North America to teach the Americans the fine art of bookplate engraving (as you know, lost here about 1940).  In part, I am working with the Instituto Allende Fine Arts College (IA) on this project.  The IA is listening!  They are paying attention and are willing to support our ideas and have been kind enough to offer me the "space" to work in. 

    The new book (an annual directory) is being introduced as an e-book with a small limited print edition coming later on.  Unlike the limited print editions, we will reach the widest possible international audience of libraries, museums, and new individual collectors.

    BOOKPLATES: The Art of this Century is the first e-Book to introduce contemporary world ex libris
                        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.

    Within the next 2-weeks we will offer the book in an "iBook" format.  It is now introduced through Amazon Kindle because Kindle is the most widely used format worldwide.  I've downloaded about 6 versions of Kindle for FREE--this is so easy. There is no way that we could reach thousands of people with a small, limited print edition.

     I had the most fun dodging bombs and bullets during the riots in Istanbul--miraculously got out alive..


    James P. Keenan
    American Society of Bookplate
    Collectors & Designers 
    5802 Bullock Loop 
    Suite C1 #84404 
    Laredo, Texas 78041-8807            
    VISIT US ON FACEBOOK TOO!  The LARGEST bookplate group on the internet.  NOW over 4800 members!  Advancing the interest in "ex libris" for 90+ years!!

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    Let's celebrate together 

    2014 marks the beginning of my eighth year as a blog writer.

    In blog years that is a long time.

    To commemorate the occasion I am having a new bookplate contest.
    The contest is about the most interesting animal bookplate in your collection. 
    The contest will end at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on New Years Eve.

    The judges are Lew and Mary Jaffe.

    Only one entry per person and  the bookplate must be in your own collection.

    All animals are eligible ( real and imaginary) including Unicorns .

    Send a Jpeg scan with your entry to

    The winner will be sent a copy of
    They Call Me Naughty Lola
     Personal Ads from the London Review Of Books
    By David Rose

    Ads placed by men:
    Bald, fat, short, and ugly male, 53, seeks short-sighted woman with tremendous sexual appetite.
    Mature gentleman, 62, aged well, noble grey looks, fit and active, sound mind and unfazed by the fickle demands of modern society … Damn it, I have to pee again.
    Unashamed triumphalist male for the past 46 years. Will I bore you? Probably. Do I care? Probably not.
    Bastard. Complete and utter. Whatever you do, don't reply — you'll only regret it.
    I like my women the way I like my kebab. Found by surprise after a drunken night out, and covered in too much tahini. Before long I'll have discarded you on the pavement of life, but until then you're the perfect complement to a perfect evening. Man, 32. Rarely produces winning metaphors.
    Romance is dead. So is my mother. Man, 42, inherited wealth.
    Save it. Anything you've got to say can be said to my lawyer. But if you're not my ex-wife, why not write to box no. 5377? I enjoy vodka, canasta, evenings in, and cold, cold revenge.
    To some, I am a world of temptation. To others, I'm just another cross-dressing pharmacist. Male, 41.
    This ad may not be the best lonely heart in the world, nor its author the best-smelling. That's all I have to say. Man, 37.
    My finger on the pulse of culture, my ear to the ground of philosophy, my hip in the medical waste bin of Glasgow Royal Infirmary. 14% plastic and counting — geriatric brainiac and compulsive NHS malingering fool (M, 81), looking for richer, older sex-starved woman on the brink of death to exploit and ruin every replacement operation I've had since 1974. Box no. 7648 (quickly, the clock's ticking, and so is this pacemaker).
    7 million is good for me. Most days though I plateau at around 3 million. Any advances? Man with low sperm count (35 — that's my age) seeks woman in no hurry to see the zygotes divide.
    Sinister-looking man with a face that only a mother would love: think of an ageing Portillo with a beard and you have my better-looking twin. Sweetie at heart, though. Nice conversation, great for dimly-lit romantic meals. Better in those Welsh villages where the electricity supply can't be guaranteed. Charitable women to 50 appreciated. Box no. 0364.
    My other car is a bike. Eco-friendly bio-diverse M (29). Smells a bit like soil and eats too much soup, but otherwise friendly (you're not seriously going to put that burger in your mouth, are you?).
    You're a brunette, 6', long legs, 25-30, intelligent, articulate and drop-dead gorgeous. I, on the other hand, am 4'10", have the looks of Herve Villechaize and carry an odour of wheat. No returns and no refunds at box no. 3321.
    Ads Placed by Women:
    Blah blah, whatever. Indifferent woman. Go ahead and write. Box no. 3253. Like I care.
    Your stars for today: A pretty Cancerian, 35, will cook you a lovely meal, caress your hair softly, then squeeze every damn penny from your adulterous bank account before slashing the tyres of your Beamer. Let that serve as a warning. Now then, risotto?
    Attention male London Review of Books readers: 'Greetings, earthling — I have come to infest your puny body with legions of my spawn' is no way to begin a reply. Female, 36 — suspicious of any men declaring themselves to be in possession of a 'great sense of humor.'
    I'm just a girl who can't say 'no' (or 'anaesthetist'). Lisping Rodgers and Hammerstein fan, female lecturer in politics (37) WLTM man to 40 for thome enthanted eveningth.
    Love is strange — wait 'til you see my feet. F, 34, wide-fitting Scholl's.
    Excerpted from They Call Me Naughty Lola by David Rose. Copyright c 2006 by the London Review of Books. Reprinted by permission from Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

    Send a Jpeg scan with your entry to

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    The  first entry for the new bookplate contest * was sent by Don Hobbs

    This was submitted by Don Hobbs
    I created this from: El perro de Baskerville[Translated by José Francés] Madrid: Editorial Prometo, 1920. 222 p. Illustrated by Rafael de Penagos.

    Valencian translation: Houn.

    From theGalactic Sherlock Holmesand the collection of Don Hobbs

    Copyright 2013© Fairdale Press

    Don Hobbs has  over 11,000 foreign language versions of books and stories about Sherlock Holmes

    The second entry came from Gordon Collett

    Entry Number Three 
    Submitted by James M. Goode

    The giant Anteater is a wood engraving by Richard Wagener .

    The design is based on a bronze statue at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. by Edwin Springweiler.

    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 bookplate  belonged to  Walther Spielmeyer, a German  Neurologist and Pain Researcher, 1879-1935;
    The design & etching artist is Fritz Schwimbeck, Munich  (1899-1977);
    The cruel design seems to symbolize  pain which should be defeated

    * I am having a new bookplate contest.
    The contest is about the most interesting animal bookplate in your collection. 
    The contest will end at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on New Years Eve.

    The judges are Lew and Mary Jaffe.

    Only one entry per person and  the bookplate must be in your own collection.

    All animals are eligible ( real and imaginary) including Unicorns .

    Send a Jpeg scan with your entry to

    Polar  Bookplates Recently  Received 

    Sir Raymond Edward Priestley (20 July 1886 – 24 June 1974) was a British geologist and early Antarctic explorer.
    ..I currently have a duplicate of his bookplate for possible exchange.

     Biographical Information About John H. Roscoe

     Links to more Polar Bookplates 

    The link shown above was sent by Paul Davies of Kingsbridge Books and was compiled by Rob Stephenson

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  • 11/10/13--14:23: Odds and Ends
  • 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.

     Two or three bookplates seem to be very popular and appear in several scrapbooks. 
    Cecil B. DeMille
    A Dragon by Daniel Mitsui
    A Rabbit by Andy English

    I have a duplicate of Barry Goldwater's bookplate for possible exchange.

    If all goes well I will be back before the week is over with a well researched article about Frances W. Delehanty.

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  • 11/15/13--03:51: Frances W. Delehanty
  • I want to thank fellow collector Richard Schimmelpfeng who did most of the research for this article .

    About thirty five years ago a bookseller  offered  the Urling Sibley bookplate to me. I was immediately drawn to it  and added it to my collection.The artist's name Frances W. Delehanty  was  on the plate but I was unable to find any significant published material about her. As it turns out she was still alive at the time and living in Connecticut.
    Two weeks ago Richard Schimmelfeng  asked me what I knew about her and we decided to collaborate .

     Here is what has been discovered thus far from our joint research.

    If  you know of  any bookplates by Frances W. Delehanty which are not listed below please contact me.
    Lew Jaffe

    Bookplates By Frances Washington Delehanty

    Image of Daniel Delehanty bookplate from Special Collections Department University of Delaware Library

     “Bookplate for Robert Means Thompson, ” Digital Collections - Lake Forest College, ,

    Two Unsigned bookplates  below  might have been done by Frances Delehanty but the jury is still out.

    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.

    Check List of Known Bookplates

    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

                   Thornton Delehanty            

                   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)

                   Raphaelle Johnson

                   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)

                   Robert Means Thompson, ,                          (monogram)

                   Alice Kip van Vleck                                     (monogram)

                   James H. Weeks Memorial Collection

    Checklist of books written or illustrated by

    Frances W. Delehanty  

                   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.

                   Love in a Dutch Garden, by Nerth Boyce, illustrated by Frances W. Delehanty.  Harper’s          Weekly, Jan. 10, 1914.

                  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 ;
    pictures by Frances W. Delehanty.  New York : Dutton, 1931.

    Reference Material

    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.

    Miscellaneous Background Information
    Family Tombstone in Hawthorne New York

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    I recently purchased this bookplate by Viggo Jacobsen and was able to find information about it at this link.

    This is entry #7 in the animal bookplate contest. It was submitted by James Keenan.

    You can see all the submissions here
    You can also see the prize you might win along with the contest rules here
    The Contest ends at midnight (E.S.T) on New Years Eve
    send your submission to
    How to build a collection 
    Have you noticed that there is more and more clutter on Ebay combined with rapidly rising prices ?
    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.

    Hand Bookbinders

    If you search the internet you will find one or two older craftsmen who specialize in hand bookbinding.
    More often than not they are hard wired pacrats who save every scrap of leather, marbled paper and even bookplates.Connect with your local hand bookbinder by telephone and explain that you are a collector
     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

    Antiquarian Booksellers

    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.

    Bookplate Exchanges
    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


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    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

    Bookplate Contest

    Entries for the   bookplate contest are still arriving .Here are entries eight and nine..
    The contest ends Midnight (E.S.T) New Years Eve

    Submitted by Debra Walker

    Submitted by Craig Harris

    You can see all the submissions here
    You can also see the prize you might win along with the contest rules here
    The Contest ends at midnight (E.S.T) on New Years Eve
    send your submission to

    Mystery Bookplate Artist
    Joseph Henry Harper was the grandson of Fletcher Harper one of the founders of Harper Brothers publishing.
    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.

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    Earlier in the week I received this Email :

    "I was hoping you could help me with some information on a book plate I recently purchased.  I've attached a photo.  Im not a bookplate collector rather a collector of 20th century organized crime artifacts.  I believe the bookplate I purchased belonged to infamous gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel.  The name of Ben and his wife are correct and it appears to be the correct time period (1930's - 40's).  Is there anyway to determine any other info associated with the bookplate?  Like the  printing manufacturer or artist?
     Any insight will be helpful.? 


    I suggested that he should contact Mr.Siegel's daughter to which he replied::
    "Thanks for the response.  I actually already reached out to Millicent through the Mob exhibit she was working with in Vegas.  She said she didn't particularly remember the book plate"

    So there you have it , a bookplate with a famous person's name which can't for the moment be authenticated.

    From time to time I have purchased such bookplates. It's like buying a lottery ticket even thought you know statistically it is a waste of money..

    Here are a few more examples :
    Wendy O. Williams

    Wild Bill Donovan

    This bookplate was engraved by Tiffany and Co. for James Fenimore Copper's grandson, 

    If you have other examples of bookplates that  fall into this hope springs eternal category send scans to      and they will be added to this posting.

    Turn Me Upside Down Advertising
    From the late 19th through the early 20th century these kinds of advertisements were popular

    Here is a bookplate in that style:

    If you know what the  Chinese word means please let me know.
    See you next week.

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  • 12/16/13--08:10: Christmas Bookplates
  • 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 .

    Send your scans to

    Here are two from my collection

    Mr. Nitter was a lawyer in Boston

    Fellow collector Michael Kunze sent me these two 

    I found two bookplates reminding on the season approaching:
    1. made by Erich Buettner (Berlin 1889 - 1936 Freiburg) for Fritz and 
    Marie Brandi ( an etching done around 1920)
    2. Theo Broekstra (Netherlands, in 1952 or 53 he emigrated to Australia) 
    did the silhouette/ paper art in 1951 for A. Duyvestin mst.


    Rebecca Eschliman Sent This Plate

    This universal bookplate shown below  was based on Scherenschnitte brought  from Europe in the early 1930s by Lucy and Arthur Morgan (parents of Antioch Bookplate co-founder Ernest Morgan).

    From Fellow Collector Anthony Pincott

    By Eric Gill. 
    Used as, but not originally intended for, a bookplate.

    Couldn't resist slipping this  in.

    Grandson Jack

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  • 12/21/13--05:29: Odds and Ends
  • Mystery Bookplate- Elizabeth E. Haywood
      I recently obtained this bookplate from a dealer in North Carolina who unfortunately knew nothing about it.
    It may be English or American and  appears to be from the period 1820-1840.(that is an educated guess)
        I have a  large selection of reference books relating to  early 19th century bookplates from the U.K. and the states and have not unearthed any useful information.

    The dimensions are 3 1/2 inches wide by 3 inches high and the plate was soaked before scanning to show the watermark

    A Franco American Bermudian Plate with an interesting story

       This is a remarkable  early 18th century Franco,American,Bermudian bookplate with a colorful story .

    James Pérot was sentenced to the Bastille and was there without food or water for 21 days.

    Miraculously he survived because a  hen laid eggs in the recess of the small window of the cell.

         He with his family emigrated to America in 1687 and settled in New Rochelle , New York.

    Eventually they moved to Bermuda where he was a Silversmith.

    In all probability he executed the copper design  with the hen for this bookplate *

    *Ref. Exlibris Journal Volume XV P.20

    The plate is 3 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches high.

    It is not listed in Allen but is item 247 in West Indian Bookplates by Vere Langford Oliver

     The most interesting animal bookplate contest ends soon
    The clock is ticking. Here is all you need to know.

    You can see all the submissions here
    You can also see the prize you might win along with the contest rules here
    The Contest ends at midnight (E.S.T) on New Years Eve
    send your submission to

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  • 12/25/13--06:24: Seasons Greetings
  • James Keenan the director of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers *
     sent me two images this week which are timely:

    This bookplate is by Konstanin Kalinovich

      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.

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  • 12/29/13--03:04: Quirky Bookplates
  • Quirky Bookplates

    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
    Entry Pageviews
    United States
    United Kingdom

    I want to thank you all for helping to make this blog a success.

    Happy New Year


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  • 01/01/14--05:35: And The Winner Is

  • 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.

    You can see all the submissions here

    To find out more about the Kappa click here:

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  • 01/05/14--16:27: Punning (Canting) Bookplates
  •  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

    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

    Dutch punning bookplates

    Name owner



    La Chapelle (chapel)

    Anton Pieck


    Koopman (merchant)

    Anton Pieck


    Hahn (cock)

    Albert Han


    Valk (falcon)

    Nico Bulder


    Eyck (oak)

    Engelien Valença


    Brugmans (bridgeman)

    Pam. G. Rueter


    Schutter (marksman)

    Nico Bulder


    B.H. Vos (fox)

    Nico Bulder


    Visser (fisherman)

    Ank Spronk-Feenstra


    Dijkhuizen (houses on a dyke)

    Jan Batterman


    Kiewiet (pewit)-de Jong

    Simon Moulijn


    Rotgans (brent-goose)

    Georg Rueter


    C. Vos (fox)

    Henri Jonas

    ca 1920

    Boer (farmer)

    Dirk van Luijn


    Mol (mole)

    P.J. Franken


    Kramer (pedlar/packman)

    Pam G. Rueter


    Dorrenboom (dry tree)

    Lou Strik


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    Earlier this week Gabe Konrad  published his new PDF bookplate catalog with many reasonably priced items, Everything is subject to prior sale and  yesterday Gabe sent me this update:

    "Well, I sold more than I expected. 
     Sold are number 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 16*, 18, 23, 30, 31, 33, 34, and 45.

    There are still 30 items available"

    Note from Lew
    *I purchased item   16. The Roy Martins. Cipher of an unknown designer. 63mm x 102mm. .
    Does anyone recognize the artist's cipher?

    Dugald Stewart Walker

    I 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 .

    Library of Virginia

    Tel: 804-692-3524
    Fax: 804-225-2934

     Regrettably,,,the image above is not a bookplate..It was engraved by Mr. Walker
     for the first day cover of the Susan Anthony commemorative stamp 

    Image from the Autumn 1991 Virginia Cavalcade article 
    Follow this link and weep.

    I have a duplicate  of the Hiram Moore Smith Jr. bookplate shown below.for possible exchange

    That wraps it up for now. See you next Sunday.



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    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.

    22 X 16.5 INCHES

    Currently available at The Papillon Gallery 

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    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
    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 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.

    Here is a site with 33 examples of bookplates by Robert Sneider

    Once you reach the site put Robert Sneider into the search box to see the 33 images

    Mr.Sneider engraved commemorative medals The link below
    displays additional examples .

    Here are a few additional links that have nothing to do with Robert Sneider.
    This one is about book thieves:

    These two are about a very focused book collector who has the funds to aggressively pursue his hobby.

    See you next Sunday

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  • 02/04/14--03:09: Bookplates On eBay
  • 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
    Lew Jaffe

    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

    My next posting will be about the bookplates of Leonard Baskin. 

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    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.

    Lew Jaffe

      OWNER                                             FERN #

    Seymour Adelman                                                #561

    Rabbi Bernard Baskin

    L&LB Leeds-     In 1984, the Baskins returned to the US to live in Leeds in Massachusetts


     Esther and Leonard Baskin, 1950                        #79

     Esther and Leonard Baskin , 1959                       #384

    Leonard Baskin                                                     #226
    David P. Becker

     Esther Sagalyn Bick

    M.W. Bick,M.D. 1958                                        #318

     Louis W. Black, 1959                                         #387

    Thomas G. Boss (Two Varieties)

     Louis P. Cabot    (Three bookplates)


    Henry Coger, Ashley Falls

    Richard C. Dick, 1952                                         #165

    Neil Elliott  (Same image as #226)  


    Molly and Bill Esty ,1952                                     #164

    Circle Players Theatre Library, Forbes Library

    Fort Hill (two varieties) Baskin’s home

    Richard Barksdale Harwell

    Robin Halwas( In Several sizes and colors)

    Julius S. Held

    Patricia Milne Henderson

    Amy and Robert Hughes

    S.K., 1953                                                           #219

    Max Kahn,1954                                                   #252
    Dorothy King,1959                                              #383

    Lurley Manor

    Abe Lerner

    Samuel D. Lockshin, 1954                                    #245

    Anthony MacFarlane

    Janet and James Marqusee

    Frederick Cleveland Mitchell, 1959                       #385
    Bibliotheca Niceliensis

    Alex Page, 1959                                               #381

    Wyman Parker

    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
    Wesleyan University Library

    Laurence Witten

    Worcester public Library, Sax Collection,1952
    Yale University Library,The Gehenna Press Collection

    Unknown Owner

    So there you have it..
     This is only the beginning.I will be adding new information and scans as they are received.

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