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    Last week's blog about Leonard Baskin is expanding as I had hoped .Readers sent in additional scans and more are coming.  This week I have begun  a checklist for Pauline Stone. I am aided greatly in this project with information from  the late Edith Anderson Rights' privately printed monograph     Women Bookplate Artists..
    If you have bookplates not on this list please send me the owner's name and it will be added to the list.
    Better still, a scan would be most helpful.

    Lew Jaffe

    Pauline Stone Checklist

                                              ( If you click on any image it will enlarge)
    Charles Dexter Allen
    Sylvia Mary Allen
    Frances Spencer Bickerton

    Jean Stoddard Carson
    William Palen Conway

    Edith Nichols Fairfield   
    Image copied from  The Miscellany Vol.3 number 3
    An article by Stephen Craig about Pauline Stone

    Marion Holmes
    Leon E. Katzenstein

    Mary E.V.Ketchum
    George Brewster Kimball
    Maclean Kirkwood

    Warren Post Kortright
    Bruce Mc Clain

    Grace Davis McDougall
    Ethel Netcher

    Peahmesqueet-- The following pencil notation is on the verso of my copy.
    "For a young indian of the Chippewa tribe.The name means floating cloud

    Maurice Edouard Peloubet

    Tyndall Savage

    Pauline Stone *
    *2/24/2014   I just looked at a copy of Some Children's bookplates
     by Wilbur Macey Stone (Pauline's father).He has appended a condensed list of children's bookplates and indicates that the bookplate shown above is after a drawing by Miss Violet M. Holden.


    Effie Mae Taylor( Submitted by Tom Boss)

    Janet Lansing Wicka
    Robert Russell Wicks

    Eleanor Childs Wood

    Emily Sibley Wood-Image copied from page 51 The Miscellany Vol.3 number 3
    An article by Stephen Craig about Pauline Stone

    Here is an enlarged view of  an authenticated Pauline Stone's signature( submitted by Tom Boss).
    Some of the pencil signed plates illustrated have signatures that are very different.
    Perhaps they were done by a collector. The signatures on the Frances Spencer Bickerton  and Janet Lansing Wicks plates are also correct.

    Hopefully, I will be adding more names and scans as they are received.

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    Fellow Collector David Wilton has a new wood engraved bookplate by Andy English.

    It is based on a William Kent mirror design.

    I purchased this  Mayan bookplate last week because it appealed to me.
    I've never seen it before, and it fits in with my threats and warnings collection

    Here are two older postings about threats and warnings.

    One thing that adds to my enjoyment of this peculiar hobby is learning about the owners of bookplates.
    ,In this instance it was a piece of cake.*
    William Frederick and Elizebeth Smith Friedman were American cryptographers.
    They also had an interest in Mayan glyphs.

    "William Friedman was still an infant when his family immigrated to the United States; he studied genetics at Cornell University (B.S., 1914). Elizabeth Smith majored in English at Hillsdale (Michigan) College (B.A., 1915). They met at the Riverbank Laboratories (Geneva, Ill.), where they both eventually became involved in cryptology, working often for the government in decoding diplomatic messages. In 1917–18 William served in the U.S. Army, partly in France, analyzing German code books.
    After the war, in 1921, the Friedmans (they had married in May 1917) moved to Washington, D.C., where, over the years, Elizebeth Friedman worked for several government departments, notably cracking the codes used by rumrunners and other smugglers, and where William Friedman, in the War Department, became the chief cryptoanalyst in the Signal Intelligence Service, notably leading the teams that broke various Japanese codes, including ultimately the Purple machine cipher initiated by Japan in 1939. After World War II, William Friedman worked awhile for the National Security Agency, and Elizebeth Friedman for the International Monetary Fund.
    William Friedman wrote The Index of Coincidence and Its Applications in Cryptography (1922), one of the standard works in the nomenclature and classification of ciphers. Together, the Friedmans wrote The Shakespearean Ciphers Examined (1957), in which they denied Francis Bacon’s purported authorship of the William Shakespeare plays and sonnets"
    *  Idioms are of interest to me . For some of you American English may be a second or third this explanation may be in order.:

    Dr.Wolfgang Rieger has a well illustrated  new catalog of German and Swiss bookplates for sale.

    The Ephemera Society Meeting and and show will be here before you know it.

    Fellow collector/dealer Tom Boss will devote most of his exhibit space to bookplates.,He is bringing thousands of bookplates including many popular items in   categories such as angling, famous people and
    18th century American including some by Paul Revere.

    Update on  mystery bookplates

    Fellow bookplate enthusiast Alan Pendray sent me some additional information about two mystery bookplates in the style of Jessie M. King

    Hi Lew,
    Please find below my synopsis of the Cowenhoven bookplates,including the website link, for your blog,lets hope it generates additional leads:

    Having read Colins Whites extensive article regarding the HENRIETTA COWENHOVEN BROWN bookplate mystery in the Autumn 2012 Bookplate Journal,imagine my surprise when Lew told me that he not only had an original copy but also had the identical copy with the name KATHERINE COWENHOVEN TAYLOR.
    As Colin had not seen an original and could find no trace of a HENRIETTA COWENHOVEN BROWN,I decided to investigate further and found a website* that contained references to BOTH the names and it turned out that Henriette was an American heiress (1889-1962) who travelled to Europe and had a daughter , Katherine . Henrietta`s married name was in fact HENRIETTA COWENHOVEN BROWN TAYLOR.
    I then forwarded this information to Colin White whose analysis is below;

    I think Alan Pendray seems to have got to the heart of the matter. He’s done a fine bit of research into the Cowenhaven family. I think the summing up might well be that Henrietta saw the JMK illustration in the Studio and had the bookplate based on it made by some unknown (but talented) artist, perhaps using her own  image instead of JMK’s maiden. An artist clever enough to reproduce the intricacies of all the foliage would surely have been able to produce a better nymph than she did and I suspect that there is a portrait element there. Henrietta’s daughter, the Taylor girl, (Taylor by marriage and certainly no relation of E.A. Taylor) adapted her mother’s bookplate, possibly posthumously. I do believe that everything stems from the original drawing in Studio. JMK wouldn't ( couldn't) make such an close copy of her own work (and leave it unsigned) even if, by chance, Henrietta had met up with her in Paris in 1913.

    *Website link

    1.   Henrietta Cowenhoven Brown Taylor (1889 - 1962) - Find A Grave ...

    This has nothing to do with bookplates.
    It's just a nice photo of my son and two grandsons.

    See you again , next Sunday

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    Holly Hurd-Forsyth ,The Collections Manager and Registrar at The Maine Historical Society sent  the following information, extracted from The Maine Historical Society Blog

    The paper size is 7.7cm high by 10.8cm long (irregular). 
    The imprint size is 6.5 x 6.5cm square

    "MHS staff are continually reviewing and researching the collections and (re)discovering wonderful things.
    A beautiful, very early, and very rare, printed bookplate pasted into the front of one of our Special Collections volumes recently drew attention.  It reads “Thomas Smith, Hunc Librum Vendicat. Anno. Dom MDCCVII” which translates to “Thomas Smith Claims This Book in the Year of Our Lord 1707.” The words are surrounded by a woodcut border of flowers, including roses and thistles. The boldness of the design combined with the early date, and the name “Thomas Smith” warranted further investigation.
    As it turns out, this book belonged to Thomas Smith (1678-1742), a merchant in Boston and the father of Parson Thomas Smith (1702-1795) who was the first minister of the first church in Portland (then Falmouth). Parson Smith served as minister for 68 years, until he died in his early 90s. His journals were published in 1849, and provide a valuable window into early to mid-18th century Portland.
    The bookplate itself is important. Sinclair Hamilton, the preeminent scholar of early American printing and book illustration proclaims it “…is probably the first ornamental American bookplate” and demonstrates the advancement of the art of woodcut printing in the American colonies.
    The book (S.C. 843: Annaei Senecae Tum Rhetoris Tum Philosophi…, published in Geneva in 1620) was a gift of Florence Codman of New York City in 1958. 
    For more information on bookplates, see this Maine Memory Network online exhibit, Bookplates Honor Annie Louise Cary, developed by the Cary Memorial Library in Wayne."

    Note from Lew- Tom Boss  advised me that the Thomas Smith plate is listed (item#7) in

    Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers 1670-1870 by Sinclair Hamilton

    In addition the bookplate for James Penniman (item # 10) utilizes the same woodcut design.
    Here is a PDF link to the Princeton University Exhibit:


    New Arrivals in my own collection

     Louis Untermeyer's wife Bryna  was a cousin of the late Anne Blaine Jaffe, my sister in law.In 1978 Anne  received a note from Mrs. Untermeyer to which was   attached one of Mr. Untermeyer's early bookplates,The note and bookplate were placed in a Louis Untermeyer book where it rested until my brother Arnold stumbled upon it and gave it to me yesterday.

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  • 03/15/14--09:42: Why Do I Collect ?
  • Many years ago someone asked me why I collected . The question caught me off guard because
    the person asking  did not understand why anyone would collect anything. There are no simple answers to such questions but I can tell you that every time I go on a bookplate hunt I feel invigorated, like an archaeologist starting out on a new expedition. It may take me three hours to find one bookplate (if I am lucky) during which time I've inhaled three carloads of book dust, but the joy of a find has never diminished..

    Yesterday was no exception. I found two leather bookplates while visiting The Strand in New York City.   I am delighted to give them free publicity because over the years
    I have found many exceptional bookplates on my visits. It sounds strange but I actually remember almost every bookplate I  ever got at the Strand for the last thirty years..

    Here is what I purchased: yesterday
    The red leather bookplate was was found within five minutes after entering the store
    The paper version was already in my collection..The link below is to Mr. Auchincloss' The New York Times

    Louis Auchincloss was a  recipient of The National Medal of Arts in 2005.
    If anyone out there recognizes the gate  on his bookplate ( perhaps at his former estate?) please let me know.

     I believe the second bookplate I found was used by Mary  LeCompte Du Nouy . She was married to
    Pierre Lecomte Du Noüy the French Biophysicist and Philosopher .He and his American wife, the former Mary Bishop Harriman, lived in Paris under Nazi domination in the early days of the war, but escaped to the United States in August, 1942...It is not clear to me what the initials E.L. at the top of the plate signify...
    It just dawned on me. perhaps it is an abbreviation for Ex Libris.

    I have not received very many collector profiles yet  this year .If you wish to participate  please send me an email..
      The  profiles are are not very structured. You just write a few paragraphs about yourself and your bookplate collection.
    Jpeg scans of your favorite bookplates increase  readership along  a picture of yourself, if possible.
    If English is not your first language and editing is needed I will advise you of suggested changes before publishing.
    A few randomly selected profiles are attached.
    3/16/2014 Jacques Laget's latest catalog of bookplates for sale just arrived.
    Here is a link:

    See you again next Sunday


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    Earlier in the week I spotted a  collection of 160 bookplates on Ebay and asked the seller this question:

    Q: What do the corners of the two presidential bookplates look like when removed from the corner mounts.?
     Do they show a darkening or any change in color ? 
    Thanks for your help. Lew Jaffe
    A: They are the same as the rest of the bookplate. Thanks! 
    Kate Doordan Klavan  carefully read the Ebay listing and sent me this email::
    " My question for you is, what does learning that the corners of the plates are the same tone as the exposed surface tell you? Is it that the exposed areas of the plates were well protected or that there's something not right about the collection? Maybe you could do an edition of 'Maven on various aspects of condition that wouldn't be obvious to those of us who aren't sophisticated, experienced collectors."

    This is my response to her inquiry.
    Old photo mounts can and often do react with the bookplates  leaving hidden unsightly burn marks in the corners .

    Here are some other questions to ask when offered a bookplate an album
    How are the bookplates mounted ?
    If they are glued in what kind of glue was used ?
    If  the glue used was rubber cement or what we used to call airplane glue you should be very careful.
    Airplane glue* resists most solvents and rubber cement eventually damages and stains the bookplates.

    Does the collection pass the smell test?
    Old albums stored in grandma's attic can get musty or mildewed.This isn't an insurmountable problem if you plan to remove and soak the bookplates but it is time consuming  and needs to be considered when negotiating a price.

    If the collection is in another city state or country many established dealers with send it to you for your perusal if you  pay the postage and insurance.Private individuals may  not want to send a collection to a stranger so you should ask the seller if he plans to be in your area in the near future or if he has a friend or relative who lives near you .Perhaps you could arrange to examine the collection that way..
    If all else fails scans or xerox copies of the 15 nicest plates in the collection should be requested.

    Negotiating a price for grandma's collection is often tricky. Most sellers, understandably have no frame of reference and the negotiation is often challenging
    .In any event buying collections has always been something I enjoy.

    In case you are wondering I was not the high bidder on the Ebay collection it sold for $598,88 plus postage.

     Buying collections enables you to get duplicates for exchanges with other collectors.
    Here are a few duplicates I currently have for possible exchange.

    I have many many more so drop me a note about the kinds of bookplates you are searching for.

    There is a wealth of useful bookplate information on You Tube.

     Here are some examples:

    How to remove a bookplate:

    An Excellent Bookplate Reference Book

    See You again next Sunday

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    Here is a link to a blog posting by Karl Marxhausen.

    It is loaded with interesting  information about these bookplates and their owner's

    This image shown above came from an Irving Lew catalogue .
    Here is a bit of bookseller trivia.
     Mr.Lew's son is currently The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

  • Smith Ely Jelliffe

  • Smith Ely Jelliffe was an American neurologist, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst. 
  • He lived and practiced in New York City nearly his entire life
  • BornOctober 27, 1866, Brooklyn, NY

  • The bookplate was designed by Anne Jouart
    Dr. Jelliffe's bookplate amuses me.because I have a room with books and

  •  ephemera which is similar to the bookplate image

  • .Periodically I put excess items in bankers boxes but clutter always wins out.

  • In another life, before retiring  I visited many clients and always paid attention to their desk tops.

  • Some were always squeaky clean.and they amazed me..The clients with cluttered desk tops

  • and file folders piled on shelves were the ones I was more comfortable with...  

    1.                                     Richard Gimbel

      Richard Gimbel (1898-1970) was a dedicated rare book and manuscript collector and the son of the founder of Gimbel's department store. He began collecting while serving with the 8th U.S. Army Air Force in England during World War II and continued after becoming curator of aeronautical literature at Yale University. In 1939, Gimbel purchased the Edgar Allan Poe House in Philadelphia. He refurbished the home and opened it as a museum. The National Park Service began overseeing the property in 1978, reopening the home in 1980.

      Here are three of the bookplates he used.There may be others 

    2. John Renjilian, Owner The Pages of Yesteryear

    3. "The Pages of Yesteryear has issued their annual date-numbered catalogue. This one is number 49. It celebrates 49 years in the book business. This catalogue offers an eclectic mix of mainly shorter length material, much of it written by hand. There are diaries and such, one of a kind items primarily from the 19th century. They quickly display how much times have changed. "

    4. You can reach John at

       203-426-0864  or 

    5. This is an Email John recently sent about upcoming east coast book shows.

    6. The month begins with the ABAA NYC fair at the Park Ave Armory, 643 Park Ave at 67th St. Opening with a preview on 3 April, 5-9, $60, the actual fair will be 4-6 April, 12-8 Friday, 12-7 Saturday, 12-5 Sunday. Excepting the preview, three day admission is $45, or $20 per day. Over 200 worldwide dealers will set up, and they will bring wonders to behold, at equally wondrous prices, but it is a treat to see such items. Free informal appraisals of up to five items, 12-3 Sunday. Sanford Smith manages the fair for the ABAA,,, or 212-777-5218.

      Riding the coattails is the Manhattan Vintage Paper & Ephemera Fair and Fine Press Book Fair, 5-6 April, at the Altman Building, 135 West 18th St, NYC. Saturday 5-9, Sunday 9-4, $12 admission. The Shadow Show has been running for several years as an antiquarian fair, and this year has expanded to include fine press books. Appraisals Sunday, 1-3. Flamingo Eventz runs the show, or 603-509-2639.

      The next event will be just across the river a bit for the LI Vintage Paper, Book & Advertising Show, at the Garden City Field House, 295 Stewart Ave, Garden City, 11530. Saturday 12-6, Sunday 11-4, $6 admission. With two LI fairs in two weeks, I can't say what the dealer setup will be. Appraisals by John Bruno Sunday, 1-3. Flamingo also runs this one, or 603-509-2639.

      Finishing out the month will be the Allentown Paper Show, 26-27 April, at the Agriculture Hall of the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Chew Sts, in Allentown, PA. Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-3. 170 dealers, there is a $1 off coupon at the website but no mention of the admission, usually $7. This has long been a favorite for all kinds of goodies, not just books, though they are there in plenty. Sean Klutinoty is in charge,,, or 610-573-4969.
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    8. Note from Lew:
    9. I will be attending the shadow show in New York City on Sunday April 6th
    10.  If you have bookplates for sale or exchange and plan to be there I would like to hear from you.

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      I attended a book show in New York City yesterday and was pleased to find two booksellers who had a few items  which I purchased..If logic was my emotional compass I would make a computerized inventory of my collection so I would not purchase items I already own.
      Fortunately that did not happen yesterday (a lie).

      Here are a few of the items I purchased:

      If you are wondering why I purchased this bookplate which has seen better days it is because it is quite rare.
      In fact this is the first copy I have ever seen.It is Allen #964, designed by William Taylor and engraved by Amos Doolittle.

      Madeleine Bettina Stern (July 1, 1912 – August 18, 2007), born in New York, New York, was an American historian and rare books dealer and noted Louisa May Alcott scholar.
      Stern and her decades long friend and business partner Leona Rostenberg became widely known in the late 1990s while in their late eighties when their memoir on the rare book trade, "Old Books, RareFriends" became a best seller
      I read their book in 1997 but I plan to reread it this week.

      This woodcut bookseller's label is unique because it can be attributed to a known artist.
      It was designed by Norman Kent.
      Ref. Year Book American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers  1945-1946,Page 32

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Ben Grauer
      Tedi Thurman and Ben Grauer, 1957
      Tedi Thurman and Ben Grauer at Monitor, 1957.
      Born Benjamin Franklin Grauer
      June 2, 1908
      Staten Island, New York
      Died May 31, 1977 (aged 68)
      New York, New York
      Occupation broadcaster
      "Benjamin Franklin Grauer (June 2, 1908 – May 31, 1977) was a US radio and TV personality, following a career during the 1920s as a child actor in films and on Broadway. He began his career as a child in David Warfield's production of The Return of Peter Grimm. Among his early credits were roles in films directed by D.W. Griffith.
      Grauer was born in Staten Island, New York. After graduating from Townsend Harris High School, he received his B.A. from the City College of New York in 1930. Grauer started in radio as an actor but soon became part of the broadcasting staff at the National Broadcasting Company. He was one of the four narrators, along with Burgess Meredith, of NBC's public affairs series The Big Story, which focused on courageous journalists."
      He was a book collector and a member of the Grolier Club
      and also was the proprietor of a small publishing firm.
      Does anyone out there know who designed his bookplate?
      I am still playing catch-up after having been away so this is an abridged posting..
      See you again next week

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      Mystery Bookplate Artist M.R

      Does anyone out there recognize the artist M.R. ?

      Can anyone out there translate the hieroglyphics ?

      4/14/2014 A.K.Eyma was kind enough to submit the following:

      The first plate reads IMO:

      (1) "Chief Justice P(e)yer [i.e. Pierre]"
      (2) "son of K(e)rabites [i.e. Crabites]"
      (3) "(and) his wife, his beloved, mistress of the house,"
      (4) "Sharlut [i.e. Charlot(te)],"

      (5) "her beautiful name [ca. nickname] (is) Lutty [i.e. Lotte/Lotty]"

      Thanks to Charles Ellwood Jones I also have these translations from his colleagues:

      Dear Lew,

      I have had a couple of responses to your query

      1) Filip Taterka, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland) 

      The first bookplate reads: “(1) Judge Pierre (2) son of Crabitès (and) (3) his beloved wife, lady of the house, (4) Charlotte (5) whose beautiful name is Tety” (I am not sure the proper transcription of the wife’s beautiful name – I guess it is her birth name that is meant here).

      The second one reads:

      “(vertical text:) The testament of
      (the horizontal text):  (1) the judge Borat (or Burat?) (2) son of Fish (3) born of lady of the house Sera (or Sara?), (4) daughter of Lee (or Ruy?) who was who is (or was) (5) the herald to the Majesty of the (6) king of Upper and Lower Egypt (Faruq)|, living forever”.

      2) Thomas Schneider, 
      University of British Columbia 

      The Judge Pierre,
      Son of Crabites,
      his beloved wife and Lady of the House
      her nick name being Lotti

      Second bookplate:
      The Judge Burt
      Son of Fish
      Made (Born) by the Lady of the House Sara (Zera)
      Daughter of Loui. He is (was)
      Messenger to the Majesty of
      the king of Upper and Lower Egypt Furuq, may he live eternally

      Peter Der Manuelian just supplied the missing piece of the puzzle, the artist's name

      "Nice to see these bookplates. The translations by my colleagues below are essentially correct, though the second one is Bert Fish.
      Both of these people were friends of George Andrew Reisner (1867-1942), who led the Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition from 1905 to 1942, when he died at the Giza Pyramids. The bookplates were drawn by his daughter Mary Reisner at Giza (died 1963), whom he taught Egyptian, before she went off to write trash novels after her years in Egypt. That’s what the “MR” stands for, Mary Reisner.

      "Judge Pierre Crabitès was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, 17 February 1877. Like so many in New Orleans, Pierre Crabitès was a Creole. His father was a wealthy French immigrant, and his mother was a Virginian. Crabitès grew up without want, attending the best private schools and universities that New Orleans had to offer. His family connections helped him when President Taft nominated Crabitès to a seat on the Mixed Courts of Egypt in 1911, and he sat on the bench in Cairo for the next twenty-five years, rendering decisions on many important cases, including the case for the sequestration rights to the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen. His career as a judge on the Mixed Courts coincided with a period of British dominance over Egypt, and his anti-British sentiments thus evolved during his stay in Egypt.
      Several accidents led Crabitès to take up writing as a hobby. He published many book sand articles, and these works exhibit the environment in which he grew up and his anti-British opinions. These anti-British feelings ultimately barred his appointment to the Mixed Courts’ Court of Appeals and later hindered his work for the OSS.
      After serving on the Mixed Courts for twenty-five years, Crabitès took up a post lecturing on law at Louisiana State University. When not busy teaching, Crabitès spent much of his time giving speeches on popular subjects in the 1930s, such as politics and the war. President Roosevelt appointed Crabitès as the American delegate to the Montreaux Convention, which resolved to slowly phase out the Mixed Courts. Crabitès finally realized his goal of obtaining a foreign service post when he accepted a job working for the OSS and Colonel Bill Donovan; however, his anti-British sentiments continued to haunt him when he returned to the Middle East, and he was subsequently transferred from Egypt to Iraq. Unfortunately, Crabitès died soon after his arrival in Iraq on 10 October 1943,in "Baghdad"

      I've always liked leather bookplates .They are elegant.Unfortunately they also damage books..
      Here is one I recently purchased. It is unusual to find a punning leather bookplate
      .Mr. Crane was affiliated with the D.Van Nostrand Publishing firm.
      "Following the death of David Van Nostrand in 1886, the Van Nostrand family turned the management, and probably the ownership, of the company over to the Crane family in 1888. The last Crane family member to manage the firm was Edward M. Crane, Jr., who managed the firm from 1964 until 1968, the year the Van Nostrand firm was acquired by Litton Industries and merged with Reinhold. Edward Crane, Jr. was the last of four Crane family members to have managed the firm from 1888 until 1968."

      If you have any leather bookplates for sale or trade please contact me.

      At The Huffington Post they featured many attractive and affordable bookplates from a number of designers
                                   .Are you one of many who keep meaning to get a bookplate?
      Stop procrastinating.
      Follow this link.

      Over at the ABEBOOKS Blog they recently featured twenty booksellers who blog.
      You can see the entire posting here;

      I searched each of the blogs to locate those which featured something about bookplates and I came of with these three 

      Any Amount of Books- featured  a Paul Klee bookplate ( among others)

      Link to Any Amount of Books bookplate postings:

      Cabin Fever Books featured a charming bookplate by Karl Newson
      You can contact the Mr. Newson directly at this email address:

      Hang Fire Books-They Depicted many bookplates I liked. 
      Here is one of them:

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    13. 04/15/14--15:35: A Note from Andrew Peake
    14. The bookplates relating to Crabites brought back memories of my own
      time in Iraq and Baghdad.  I was in Baghdad in August through to
      December, 1990, when the country's leader at the time, Saddam Hussein,
      made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and I became a hostage.
      Fortunately being an Australian, I wasn't in the same category as
      US/British and a few other countries, who were regarded as No. 1
      enemies and were put on strategic sites.  After a month or so
      captivity I was left in the care of my Embassy and could wander around
      the city and surrounds.  During this time I transcribed the Christian
      cemetery, but can't remember if I saw a headstone for Crabites.

      I collected a lot of material regarding the situation while in Baghdad
      and on return to Australia collected several metres of books on the
      event including publications written by fellow hostages.  I published
      my own recollections under the title, 'Guest of the President'.  I
      also had a bookplate created for this collection of books.  Recently I
      deposited my collection of material to the Flinders University of
      South Australia.

      I've attached a copy of my hostage bookplate, based on a logo used by
      my local newspaper , 'The 'The Advertiser' when it published material
      regarding the hostage situation and subsequent War in early 1991.

      Andrew Peake

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       I have a copy of Sign Posts by Faith Baldwin , inscribed
       "To Achmed A very important "signpost" on the paths of friendship- Faith- 24"
       .It has the recipient's bookplate as well as another bookplate belonging to  Jean Wick
      .Both plates appear to be by the same artist.

      Can anyone out there translate the  script  ?

      Faith Baldwin co-authored three books with Achmed Abdullah and was a close friend of the New York literary agent Jean Wick who was his second wife

      The following  Wikipedia excerpt about Achmed Abdullah is hard to believe.
      If it is fairly accurate it  just goes to show that truth is stranger than fiction.

      Alexander Nicholayevitch Romanoff (Pseudonym Achmed Abdullah)
      "Alexander Nicholayevitch Romanoff was born on 1881 in Yalta, Russia to Grand Duke Nicholas Romanoff, a cousin of Czar Nicholas Romanoff and Princess Nourmahal Durani, the daughter of the Amir of Afghanistan. After his mother's attempts to poison her husband due to his multiple affairs, they divorced, leaving their son and two other children to their maternal grandparents. At the age of 12, he was sent to Eton and then to Oxford University to be educated. Although he was born Russian Orthodox, he was raised as a Muslim by his uncle who adopted him.[1]
      Upon his graduation, he joined the British Army, and rose to rank of acting colonel during his 17-year military career. He served in India, Afghanistan, Tibet,[when?] Africa,[where?] China and Turkey. He served the British-Indian army in India, and was also a colonel in a cavalry regiment for one year in the Turkish army as a British spy. He mostly spent the time in the military as a spy because of his wide knowledge of Oriental and Middle Eastern customs and religions. He traveled widely in Russia, Europe, Africa, the Middle-East, and China and spoke many languages and dialects. He was made a British citizen by an act[which?] of Parliament, and convicted by the Germans during the First World War for being a spy.
      In the early 1910s, he emigrated to the United States and eventually became a successful, well-paid writer, playwright and later on, a Hollywood screenwriter. Abdullah's work appeared in several US magazines, including ArgosyAll-Story MagazineMunsey's Magazine and Blue Book. [2] Abdullah's short story collection Wings contains several fantasy stories, which critic Mike Ashley describes as containing "some of his most effective writing".[3] He got a doctorate from the College of El-Azar, Cairo in Koranic Studies.
      Romanoff was married at least three times: to Irene Bainbridge, Jean Wick, and Rosemary A. Dolan. He was the father of 2 daughters with Irene Bainbridge, Phyllis Abdullah (who died in childhood) and Pamelia Susan Abdullah Brower.
      In January 1945, Romanoff was admitted to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a few months later, on May 12, his birthday, he died."


      1. Jump up^ Edward E. Curtis, Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, Facts on File, Inc., 2010, pg. 198
      2. Jump up^ Darrell Schweitzer, "Introduction" to Fear and Other Tales From the Pulps, Wildside Press , 2005, ISBN 1-59224-237-5 (pp. 7-8).
      3. Jump up^ Mike Ashley, "Abdullah, Achmed" in St. James Guide To Fantasy Writers, ed. David Pringle, St. James Press, 1996, ISBN 1-55862-205-5, pp 3-5.
      This mounted copy in The William Augustus Brewer Collection at the University of Delaware
      indicates that he designed his own bookplate.

      See You again Next Sunday.

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    15. 04/26/14--12:25: Philadelphia Flea Market
    16. I just got back from a flea market . We are fortunate in that there are always several flea markets to choose from during the spring and summer months.
      Here is a schedule in case you plan to visit Philadelphia..

      I didn't find any bookplates today but I rarely go home empty handed.
      .I got these Maltese Cross buttons last year at an indoor flea market.

       Here a a few of the items I

       If you can't live without either of these treasures have no fear you can search Google and find one for yourself.

      I also purchased 25 different advertising slide rules from the late 1940's through the1970's.
      I'll put them away in a box  until I figure out what to do with them.

      I will be back to you tomorrow with some interesting bookplates .

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    17. 04/27/14--08:12: Some Interesting Bookplates
    18.  Daniel Dulany the Younger (June 28, 1722 – March 17, 1797) was a Maryland Loyalist politician, Mayor of Annapolis, and an influential American lawyer in the period immediately before the American Revolution.. He sided with the British during the revolution.

      Many of the loyalists fled to Canada and England but he apparently remained in Maryland.

      Ref. The Bookplate Booklet May 1911

      In  The Loyalists of The American Revolution  (Vol.1, P.397 )  I found the following:
      "Dulany,Daniel,of Maryland.Son of Walter.At first he enrolled himself in the militia,and seemed inclined to the popular cause;but refusing to sign the Test ,he incurred the displeasure of the Whigs and fled.Attained and estate confiscated." 
      If the references cited are  correct,the father fled and the son remained in Maryland.

      Bertrand and Alys Russell

      Alys Whitall Pearson Smith was his first wife (married 1894, Divorced 1921)
      Does anyone out there know if Bertrand Russell had other bookplates later in his life?

      Anita Loos

      The Anita Loos bookplate was designed by Frank Walts. There are examples with several color variations and some were even printed on metal foil.The example shown above is printed on Parchment.Here are some other  items designed by Frank Walts.


       A word of caution if offered an association copy with a Lovecraft bookplate. Mr. Lovecraft's cousin ,Wilfred B. Talman originally designed the bookplate. In 1977 The Necronomicon Press reproduced the plate and distributed it.I see them from time to time on Ebay. There is no easy way that I know of to distinguish these reproductions from the originals. Let the buyer beware.

      Percival Lowell

      " (March 13, 1855 – November 12, 1916) was an American businessman, author, mathematician, and astronomer who fueled speculation that there were canals on Mars. He founded the Lowell Observatory in FlagstaffArizona, and formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto fourteen years after his death. The choice of the name Pluto and its symbol were partly influenced by his initials"

      Double Mystery Bookplate

      Who owned this plate ? Was it a Mr. Archer who wanted a punning plate ?
      Who designed this plate ?
      I don't have a clue. Your help would be appreciated.

      See you again next Sunday.

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      Yesterday's flea market excursion provided me with a few ephemeral items one of which intersects with my bookplate collection.I obtained a copy of The Quill a monthly magazine devoted to Greenwich Village.
      What caught my eye was the distinctive  cover art by Clara Tice.

      The Quill was started by Arthur H.Moss, a vagabond publisher.

      "Arthur Harold Moss  was an American expatriate poet, and magazine editor.
      In 1917, he returned to Greenwich Village, founding The Quill with partner Harold Hersey and was managing editor and wrote articles. It included artists Clara TiceWood GaylorMark Toby and Alfred J Frueh; writers included Ben De Casseres.
      He married Millia Davenport (1895–1992) and worked with her at The Quill. They co-authored, The Quill: For And By Greenwich Village, vol.4, no.8, 1919.
      They separated shortly thereafter. She went on to design costumes.
      In 1920, he hired his future wife Florence Gilliam to edit Quill. In 1921 they moved to Paris, into a small apartment near
      Shakespeare & Company, the bookstore owned by Sylvia Beach"

      Getting back to Clara Tice,here are some examples of her bookplates:

      Here is a photo of Clara Tice and her dog

      If you have any Clara Tice bookplates please send scans and they will be added to this posting

      I found a well researched site by Patricia Guenter which is devoted to Clara Tice.
       It includes a biography and a bibliography:

      When I was a kid cigarettes came in packages with Aluminum foil.
      The foil was different from what we are accustomed to using nowadays.
       It was laminated onto  paper.
      Edith Head the Hollywood Costume designer had a bookplate which was printed on the old fashioned 
      Aluminum foil  and for this reason it has not aged well .
      Under magnification by the elephants rear leg you can see the artist's name Howard Greer*

      *"Howard Greer (16 April 1896 – April 1974),  Hollywood fashion and costume in the Golden Age of American cinema.
      Greer began his fashion career at Lucile in 1916, working in both her New York and Chicago branches.
      He served in France during World War I. After the war, he remained in Europe, working for Lucille, Paul Poiret, and Molyneux..
      He returned to America in 1921, and through his theatre work was hired as chief designer for Famous Players-Lasky studios, which was later to emerge from several reorganizations and mergers as Paramount Pictures.
      Greer left his post at Paramount and opened his own couture operation in Hollywood in December 1927, where he designed custom clothing for the stars until his retirement in 1962.
      He also continued to create costumes for films into the 1950’s, and designed mass-market clothing.
      His best known film work includes the Katharine Hepburn films Christopher Strong(1933) and Bringing Up Baby (1938), and the gowns for 1940's My Favorite Wife.
      Greer published an autobiography, Designing Male, in 1951."

      John Renjilian sent the following information upcoming book shows.

      If you have not tried it lately, go to the newly revamped
      This is promised to be the most complete list of fairs in the country and will be well worth keeping in mind
      I'll see you next Sunday with a guest article about Amy M. Sacker

      One More Thing

      Here are some ads  fromThe Quill

      Click on images to enlarge

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      I am always pleased to receive bookplate articles for inclusion in the blog. In this case I am doubly pleased
      because Mark Schumacher has done extensive research about Amy M. Sacker over a long period of time.
      You can visit his remarkable Amy Sacker website here:

      The “second lives” of two

      Amy Sacker bookplates

      Amy Sacker (1872-1965) created about two dozen known bookplates during her career [see]. Two of the bookplates that appeared in the 1903 publication by Boston bookseller Charles Goodspeed, “The Book Plates of Amy Sacker”, actually had a second usage in a different setting. The Boston artist modified her work and employed it to serve a new, quite different purpose.

      Her bookplate for Waldo K. Chase [figure 1]


      became the colorful cover design for the December, 1903, issue of the Boston monthly, The Literary World, [figure 2]. While the background was reworked into a more festive, Christmas-time look, the figure and the pose, while reversed, remain fundamentally the same. Amy has also moved the monogram from under Waldo’s foot to a pile of earlier issues of the magazine lying on the floor.

      A second bookplate from this same collection (and done in a similar bold style) was created for Harold Murdock [figure 3], showing a young man in Renaissance attire standing at a desk.

      This same fellow had already appeared, dressed quite differently, in a more modern look, as the title character of Edward William Thomson’s The Young Boss (1896) [Figure 4]. Whether Sacker had created the bookplate prior to that date, and reworked for the cover, or vice versa, is not known.

      There is another “bookplate connection” involving Sacker’s work, though it is not one of her bookplates. The central design for the cover of Robert Stephens’ Philip Winwood [figure 5] was “appropriated” by the New York engravers Ames and Rollinson, about 1900, to create a bookplate for Frank Earle Hayward [figure 6]

      Mr. Hayward had considerable connections to the revolutionary era-- he was a member of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and apparently of the Order of Washington, where he was the Deputy Vice-Commander-General for the state of New York .  He was also a member of the Bibliophile Society of Boston.

      I find the re-use generally of Amy Sacker's designs fascinating, especially when they seem to head "off course. Here is an example.

       My joke is that, unless they are sitting there reading "Fodor's Columbia River", they are going to be in deep trouble.

      This is the link to a few book covers with little connection to their titles"

      with my [mildly] witty comments at times 

      Here is the link to the "front page" of my Sacker bookplate section:

      Note from Lew- Thank you Mark
      See you all again next Sunday

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      Stanley Kauffmann (1916  -2013)

      "Mr. Kauffmann  started with The New Republic in 1958 and contributed film criticism to that magazine for the next fifty-five years.
       He had one brief break in his New Republic tenure, when he served as the film critic for the New York Times for eight months in 1966.
      He also worked as an acquisitions editor at Ballantine Books in 1953, where he acquired the novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.
       Several years later, while working as an editor at Alfred A. Knopf  he discovered a manuscript by Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
      Following a year of rewrites and revisions, the novel was published in 1961, and went on to win a National Book Award in 1962."
      His bookplate was designed by John Sasso in 1935.
      Does anyone out there recognize the theatre notables shown on his bookplate?

      Responses to my question
      Hello, Lew...I know I've seen the image on the far right...I believe it's Edmund Kean (1787-1833) who was a powerful stage presence early in the 19th Century. He grew up in the British theatre and was acclaimed as perhaps the era's greatest Shakespearean actor. He was especially noted as a tragedian and, indeed, his own life followed an ultimately tragic decline. He made at least two trips to perform in The United States. Very interesting to read about him. I'm still on the trail of the other two actors; I think I've seen the middle image as well. Hope I find it.
      Kate  Klavan
      Santa Barbara

      Hey, love your newsletter. I suspect that drawings you asked for ids on, are barrymores. Here is one link that might help-- I just did an image search for the name barrymore.
      Marsha Brown

      From fellow collector Michael Kunze
      After seeing your Confessions of Thursday, May 15th, 2014.
      I think I have seen the drawing at the left side some years ago.
      I guess it shows David Garrick, British actor & author, 1717-1779

      From David W.Lowden

      I would guess David Garrick, Edwin (brother of John Wilkes) Booth and John Barrymore.  One for each of the centuries 18, 19 and 20


      Updates from Kate Klavin

      It's a wrap

      Look what I found…Kate

      P.S. Of course, all the other contributions seem pretty likely as well…except maybe David Garrick who was more handsome than the image on the left…then again, Garrick, Barrymores and Booth are all good prospects! This is fun!

      St.Louis Woman's Exchange- 
      This one amused me
      .By the way, the St. Louis  Woman's Exchange began in 1883 and is still thriving in 2014

      William Jordan Howard's bookplate was designed by Dard Hunter

      Some Bookplates with Frank Papé illustrations- I 've never seen the Thomas Horan plate before. In searching for additional information about it I found this old Ebay listing from fellow collector Anthony Pincott.


      ""This ex-libris was profiled 25 years ago in Bookplate Journal, Vol.4, No.2 (1986) where W.E. Butler wrote about it as follows:

      It is by no means uncommon for bookplates of great beauty or distinctiveness, nor even for bookplate designers, to elude the notice of collectors until books containing the ex libris appear on the antiquarian market. Such is the case with Dennis Yates Wheatley (1897-1977), novelist and self-styled "inventor" (with J. G. Links) of Crime Dossier Murder Fiction. A sizeable portion of Wheatley's personal library turned up on the 50p–£1 shelves at Blackwells in Oxford c. 1980, nearly all bearing his bookplate. The existence of the plate was a revelation, both for its unusual subject-matter and its designer: the illustrator F. C. Pape was now known to have designed bookplates. Here was an exceptional case of the bookplate being worth more than the book, and several copies of the Wheatley plate have found their way into bookplate collections.

      After a prosperous period as a wine merchant in Mayfair, following military service in the first World War, Wheatley sold out in 1931 and turned to writing full-time. His historical adventures and detective novels enjoyed great popularity, his characters Roger Brook and Gregory Sallust moving adroitly from one volume to the next. While in the service during 1917, Wheatley met Gordon Eric Gordon-Tombe, whose name appears at the bottom right corner of the bookplate. In his manner of walking, cynical ruthlessness, sense of humour, and love of the good life, Gordon Eric became the model for Wheatley's character Gregory Sallust; it was owing to Gordon Eric that Wheatley broadened his mental development and reading habits and eventually started book collecting in earnest. His private library exceeded 4,000 volumes. A few years after the war Gordon Eric was murdered, and Wheatley used his own library to create a memorial by having the bookplate designed to depict the original version of the Garden of Eden.

      Following what Wheatley called the "original Babylonian account," his bookplate depicts the Garden of Eden with numerous trees, one of which is the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil bearing an open book in the branches and another is the Tree of Life in the form of a flowery crux-an-sata with a nude girl in an oval. In the foreground seated on a tree stump appears a faun, beside him an iced bottle of champagne and a saxophone. The faun has Gordon Eric's features taken from a photograph, and from another is depicted Dennis Wheatley seated on the grass listening to him. Beneath the picture is a cynically amusing remark that Gordon Eric had made to Wheatley.'

      Dennis Wheatley collected chiefly first editions and the "greatest classics." The better items found their way into booksellers' catalogues, where the bookplate was widely noted, though not understood. One dealer commented: "From Dennis Wheatley's library, with his large and rather disturbing bookplate on front pastedown." The Butler Collection contains the fourth edition of W. Tooke, The Life of Catharine II, Empress of Russia (1800), in three volumes, bearing the Wheatley bookplate (in vol. 1 only) and the inscription in Wheatley's hand: "Used by me when writing my Roger Brook story 'The Shadow of Tyburn Tree.' Extremely useful. Dennis Wheatley." The set is full of underscorings and marginalia which show how extensively it served as a major source for numerous events or passages in the novel (1948)

      Frank Cheyne Pape (1878-1972) had impressed Wheatley by his illustrations for the Bodley Head editions of Anatole France and for one of Wheatley's favourite authors, James Branch Cabell. The bookplate is dated 1928, and Pape was selected to illustrate one of Wheatley's early books, "Old Rowley" A Private Life of Charles!! (1933). Although Pape illustrated dozens of books between 1908-38, his best works date from the 1920s and inspired something of a Pape cult. In Wheatley's bookplate he perhaps exhibited more of the imaginative range and personal viewpoint said to be lacking in some of his graphic work; most assuredly he excelled in grotesque characterization with, here, an outrageous sense of humour. 

      Since the discovery of the Wheatley bookplate, another design by Pape, in 1931, for Thomas Horan has come to light. It depicts a faun playing pipes with two tiny babies on the ground between his hooves and a maiden listening to music at his side; in the forest background stands a unicorn. The bookplate is a process reproduction of what seems to be a drawing.

      Bookplates so often reflecting personal interests and concerns, the Wheatley ex-libris is, as well as one of the most unconventional English bookplates of the interwar era, an object lesson about jumping to conclusions regarding the meaning of a design. Far from being "disturbing," it was a warm tribute to the owner's friend and intellectual stimulant."

       Note From Lew- I suspect that Mr. Horan may have "borrowed" Frank Papé designs for his bookplates, The one I have is different from the one described  above..

      I recently discovered another bookplate with a Frank Papé design.

      Louise Brooks(1906-1985) was a silent film star. The image on her bookplate appeared in The Works of Rabelais
      published by Boni and Liveright (Volume 2 page 180)
      Three Interesting  Links For Booklovers

      Book sale season is heating up - just like the weather!  On a drive to the dairy for a sundae? Why not pick up a book or 2 to read this weekend? Pull out the smart phone or tablet. No need for an app. Type and no matter where you are in the US or Canada, you'll know if there's a book sale or store within 100 miles. (don't forget the M!)
      New York Times Article about lost New York Bookstores

      Thousands of old library books bear fascinating traces of the past. Readers wrote in their books, and left notes, pictures, letters, flowers, locks of hair, and other things between their pagesWe need your help identifying them because many are in danger of being discarded as libraries go digital. Books printed between 1820 and 1923 are at particular risk.  Help us prove the value of maintaining rich print collections in our libraries.
      Join the search! Go to your library, find marked books, take photos, & upload them here
      CURRENTLY COLLECTING IMAGES and CITATIONS of MARKED COPIES OF LIBRARY  BOOKS PUBLISHED BEFORE 1923.  Each month we will add some specific authors to help focus  your searches.  We are focusing on CIRCULATING AND RESEARCH COLLECTIONS (not rare books or special collections).

      See you again on Sunday May 25th

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      Turkish delegation in the foreground

       Frank-Ivo van Damme (Belgium)

      The 35th Congress got off to a good start in the seaside resort of La Pineda, Vila-Seca which is located a few kilometres from Tarragona, which is in turn located about 100 kilometres to the west of Barcelona, Spain, from the 22 April-28 April 2014. There were about 214 delegates, from 23 countries, with good representation from continental Europe, the Far East (China and Japan), the United States and a sprinkling of participants from Australia (one) and Argentina. The primary language used to communicate at these meetings is English.

      The Congress was held in a seaside community catering to tourists interested in a seaside resort, with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gymnasiums and all manner of social entertainment. Most, if not all attendees, resided at the complex. The facility provided full board, with buffet meals complete with complimentary wine at lunch and dinner. The food and wine were both great and being able to have a meal with other Congress delegates added to the conviviality of the occasion.

      The organisers, the Associacion Catalana d’Exlibristes, organised a full program, with a series of lectures, generally presented in Spanish and English.  There were several excursions to Tarragona, Barcelona, the Monastery of Poblet and Reus, so that there was some interest for the spouse accompanying the bookplate aficionado. The primary feature of the Exchange Hall was buzzing with activity from shortly after breakfast until the end of the day. 

      This was the first Congress since Boston 2000 were there were a significant number of lectures. All fairly short and each with only a small audience, but excellent presentations. Topics included, ‘Exlibris and Literature in Argentina’, ‘Presentation of the book, Oriol Maria Divi’, and ‘The action and communication of colour in Ex-libris’. 

      A number of exhibitions were held associated with the Congress. One exhibition included the bookplates submitted for the competition that is always held for each Congress. There were 1153 works submitted from 365 artists. Six prizes were given, 12 plates received special mention and 109 plates were selected for display. It was interesting to note however that none of the winning plates or those selected were by ‘computer generated design’ (CGD).  This is a reflection of the continuing elitism of plates using one of the intaglio techniques, such as etching and engraving.  Other exhibitions were on the theme of St George (and the dragon), who is the patron saint of Catalonia, and xylography. Several comprehensive illustrated catalogues were produced on the exhibitions.

      The Exchange Hall was crowded on all days and there was a continuing exchange of bookplates and also the opportunity to meet artists and if desired commission a bookplate. For those interested the going rate was about 500 euros for an edition of 50 plates by an intaglio process. Although there is a basic range of 500-750 euro for editions of 50-100 prints by the top artists.

      At each Congress there is always a meeting of member societies of FISAE to discuss bookplate issues and to also confirm the location of subsequent congresses. For those interested the 2016 Congress will be in Vologda, Russia, between 22-27 August. Vologda is a smallish city between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The only issue is that it isn’t served by air and it is necessary to take an overnight train from either of these two large cities. The 2018 Congress will be held in late summer in Prague, Czech Republic. Places negotiating for future congress venues include England in 2020 (even though the English rarely attend the congresses), and Turkey is also interested in the same year.  In 2022 the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (ASBC&D) is prepared to host the meeting in San Francisco in celebration of its 100th anniversary. 

      All in all the Tarragona Congress was well organised, the venue was excellent.  There was a good range of lectures and social activities, such as tours to neighbouring historic sites and cities.  And, as usual, many enthusiastic ex libris aficionados in attendance.

      Andrew G. Peake

      Note from Lew- Thank you  Andrew, for taking the time to send this information.
      Next Sunday James P. Keenan will write about building a bookplate collection.
      He has many photos of bookplates to share with us .          

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      Original artwork by Dugald Stewart Walker is not often offered for sale so I am pleased to mention that Nicholas Cooke of Black Swan Books currently is selling an unfinished pen and ink drawing by him.

       Description: Original artwork for a bookplate design by the early 20th century illustrator Dugald Stewart Walker. Walker's designs were considered suggestive of other great illustrators -- especially Dulac, Rackham and Beardsley. This unfinished drawing (13 1/4 x 12 1/2") was a design for the plate of Langbourne Meade Williams, a born and bred Virginian who became a prominent businessman in New York (appropriate that Walker had the commission, as Walker said in his Foreward to Anderson';s Fairy Tales, "I have never been anywhere except Richmond, Virginia and New York." The design is highly evocative of Mr. William's Virginia roots, especially his time at the University of Virginia -- the drawing of the Rotunda functions as a kind of crest, along with the insignia of his fraternity (Delta Psi), the Raven Society and Phi Beta Kappa. There are also the seals of Mr. Williams'; two Virginia preparatory schools -- St. Christopher';s School in Richmond and The Episcopal High School in Alexandria. Finally the drawing is embellished with very fluid drawing of horses much in style of Beardsley. An outstanding example of Walker's bookplate art, which very often displayed the personalized iconography of the client. 
      This artwork is tentatively scheduled to be exhibited at this book show:
      Visit the 3rd Annual
      Library of Virginia Book Fair

      May 30 & 31, 2014

      Black Swan Books
      Address: 2601 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
      Phone:(804) 353-9476


      I currently have an early Rockwell Kent/John Sloan bookplate for sale on Ebay

          This bookplate is illustrated on Page 19 in Rockwell Kent The Art Of The Bookplate by Don Roberts

      The caption is as follows:
      “Sloan provided the scratchboard and ink illustrations;
      Kent most likely lettered Kathleen’s and his names.
      Drawn in the style of a Thomas Bewick engraving, it was the first bookplate Kent is known to have used.”

      5/27/2014- The item sold for $157.50

      James Keenan's article  about building a bookplate collection will be posted on Tuesday May 27th

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      Building a Bookplate Collection at a Congress
       by James P. Keenan,
       Director of the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers 

      Bookplates are personal marks of book ownership.  A reflection of the owner's tastes and interests.  For more than 125 years bookplate collections have been built through the "exchange" of duplicate prints.  This is our tradition.  Through this unique process we establish international friendships by swapping personal designs privately, through the mail, and at a congress.  

      In the 21st century with the advantages of email, scanners, Skype, FEDEX bookplate exchanging & collecting has become easier. Commissioning a top artist to create a new design is also a streamlined, simpler process.

      Since the 1950's there have been international meetings of artists and collectors.  The last international congress was held during April 2014 in lovely Vila-Seca, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain.  I was "armed" with only 2 new bookplate designs in my briefcase along with several older personal ones.
      Harry Jürgens (Germany): "Beat writers in SMA-On The Road" 2013
      Nurgül Arıkan (Turkey): Typography, 2014

                    Some of the older personal ones I used for exchange

      Nurgül Arıkan (Turkey): EYES (a "series"), 2013
      Sergey Hrapov:  Roald Dahl, 2012
       Serik Kulmeshkenov (USA): The King of Rock n' Roll, 2013

      Of course, I added 500 bookplates to my collection and no money was passed, only ex libris prints. I received not only contemporary works, but exquisite bookplates by top artists from all countries, all periods, representing many subjects and techniques.  Without doubt, this is the most efficient and economical way to build a serious bookplate collection

       A few Contemporary Bookplate Exchanges

      Nurgül Arıkan (Turkey)--This design is for Jean-Chretien Ekambo, an educator and bibliophile in the Congo--the first 21st century Congo ex libris.  It won 2nd prize in the Deutsche Exlibris-Gesellschaft (German bookplate society) exhibition held at Haltern, Germany in May 2014.

       Katsunori Hamanishi (Japan) for Yasuhiko Aoki
      Shigeki Tomura (Japan) for Ichigoro Uchida
      Yuri Nozdrin (Russia)--"Ship of Fools" for Marietta Hagedorn
      Yuri Nozdrin (Russia)--Ex Libris FANYA
       Juri Jakovenko (Belarus)--Agaath & Jos Waterschoot

      I was involved in a heated exchange with an ex libris aficionado from the Netherlands. Pouring through many fine bookplate duplicates by E.D. French, Sidney L. Smith, Will Simmons, and other artists of this period in American bookplates. So I asked, how do you come across so many American bookplates?  His reply:  "Of course, I am a collector!"  In other words, you can find just about anything you want at a bookplate congress and establish friendships to last a lifetime in the process.

      Here are a few of the older bookplates that I acquired

      Vlada Borek,Czech (1898-1943) 
      This is an English Bookplate which  I received in a trade

      An American plate By Will Simmons  (1884-1949)

      The most exciting and rewarding aspect of the international bookplate congress is visiting new countries and cultures.  Making new friends and reuniting with old ones while building your bookplate collection!

      An excellent start is to visit our website:  Here you can see artworks by 100's of contemporary artists  We will assist you with selecting and commissioning the artists. 

      A few months ago, our society published our first eBook and artist directory on this subject. 
      BOOKPLATES: The Art of This Century.


      This book is available throughout the world in several formats including Kindle, NOOK, iBook.
      There is more information along with an Amazon preview through our website.

      For more than 9 decades, our society has been committed to keeping up with the times and providing essential information about the art of the bookplate to our members.  This is our mission and responsibility in contributing to the further development of the bookplate

      On our website, you can join the society for as little as $30 USD per year.  

      The illustrated Ex Libris Chronicle  is now going into its 14th year.  Here you can read the latest news and learn about competitions, exhibitions, meetings.. You can also read essays by many important international artists and collectors. The association has been publishing the Year Book for 92-years!  

      Our society organizes national, inter-American, and international meetings regularly.  This helps to unite artists and collectors from many places. Our next big international meeting will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2022 in celebration of our 100th anniversary.
      We are planning Bay Area exhibitions and talks starting this year in 2014 as we build momentum for this event!  For more information, please write to me today..


      James P. Keenan
      American Society of Bookplate 
      Collectors & Designers 
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      Laredo, Texas, USA 78041-8807            
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      Advancing the interest in "ex libris" art since 1922!!

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      This week I am pleased to publish a guest article submitted by fellow collector Robert Weinberg

      (A.K.A Bookplate Bob)

      Abraham Lincoln-My Shining Star

      As a high school student studying American history and the Civil War , I was asked to memorize and recite
      The Gettysburg Address .From that time on,Abraham Lincoln was my hero.When I started to collect bookplates, Lincoln and his life were always at the forefront of my thinking.
      .Adding to that,I was fortunate n being able to buy a small collection of Lincoln Exlibris.

      From that time forward I found myself a Lincoln stalwart .A few years ago.I had the privilege of donating  a Henry Horner bookplate(Governor of Illinois) to The Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield ,Illinois
       The governor's collection of Lincolniana is the backbone of the Presidential Lincoln Museum..

      I have been searching for "Honest Abe" for over forty years and would like to hear from other collectors who share my passion

      A Few Bookplates From My Collection

      Engraved by A.N. Macdonald

      By Bernhardt Wall

      By Will  Simmons

      Notes  From Lew- Thank you Bob.

       If anyone out there would like to submit an article for inclusion in the blog please contact me.

      Here is a link about Hollywood Bookplates with a number of items from The Jim Lewis Collection:

      Philadelphia Book Show

      I plan to attend the book show on Friday evening  if you are attending and have bookplates for sale or trade please contact me.
      .Here is the show information:

      June 13 & 14, 2014
      The Philadelphia Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair
        Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19103
      A Fabulous Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair  For Philadelphia!
        This is one of the most requested Book & Ephemera Fairs in our stable! We  were asked by so many dealers to find the right location to revive an old  favorite and give it a fresh, new start. So we did our homework and here it is!
        Exceptional Exhibitors from throughout the Northeast will offer Fine, Rare  &  Unusal Old Books, Plus Maps, Autographs,  Prints, Posters, Playbills, Ephemera, and Much, Much More at the Sheraton  Philadelphia Downtown, 201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
      Hours are Friday 5-9pm & Saturday 10am-4pm
        Adult Admission is $67 Young Collectors 12-21 $3, Under 12 free w/Paid Adult,  plenty of free parking, refreshments.
      Special Events: Appraisals Saturday 1-3pm by  John Bruno, Star of Market Warriors! Also Book  Binding, Restoration & Preservation Presentations!
      Next week I will be writing about Peacocks on Bookplates.


      Maywyn Studio has left a new comment on your post "Abraham Lincoln-My Shining Star by Robert Weinberg...":

      Interesting post. I look forward to next week's peacocks in bookplates.
      For a treat, Jeri Landers, the artist has a baby peafowl post that's adorable. 

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    19. 06/04/14--04:29: Henry Grandin's Bookplate
    20.  Do any of you recognize the owner's name or the artist AM ?
      I suspect it is a California plate. It was purchased in San Francisco ( Paul  Elder Bookseller label)

      The book it was in was about etching and was published in 1926.

      Fellow Collector Wally Jansen
      would like some help in identifying this artist's monogram
      The actual  bookplate monogram is shown on the left . 
      The image on the right is a sketch which is a close but not  exact reproduction.
      See you on Sunday,

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