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  • 06/08/14--08:34: Bookplates and Peacocks
  • Several weeks ago fellow collector/dealer Denetia Arellanes sent me this photo of feral Peacocks in her backyard.. L.A. has at least 4 distinct populations of feral peafowl thriving within the metropolis.  Glendora, where she lives has one.  The Palos Verdes peninsula has one.  La Canada-Flintridge has one and the city of Arcadia has, by far, the largest one .

    If you are curious about how these birds wound up in California follow this link:

    Many of the Peacock bookplates in my collection are from Californians. If you have any Peacock bookplates to add to this blog posting send scans to

    Anita Baldwin's bookplate was designed by Harry French and engraved by Schreve And Co..She was the daughter of Lucky Baldwin the man responsible for bringing Peacocks to California..

    Dell Dibble's bookplate was designed by Yvonne Greer 

    Nelle Richmond Eberhart (August 28, 1871 – November 15, 1944) was an American librettist, poet, and teacher. Her bookplate was designed by Margaret Postgate .

    Dawn O'Farrell's bookplate was designed by Anthony Euwer

    Mildred Pearce's bookplate was designed by R. Carex.

    Josephine E.S. Porter's bookplate was done by W.F. Hopson

    Mr. C.J. Peacock of England has a hand colored punning bookplate  

    Bookplate drawn by George Auriol for Alexis Natahn, around 1900

     Submitted by fellow collector/dealer Jacques Laget

    Rebecca Eschliman Submitted the two Antioch Bookplates Shown Below

    G-516 was from the 1930s (no documentation, because much of the documentation associated with the early years was either lost in a fire or discarded in later years in bouts of overzealous housekeeping. It appeared to be one in a series of experiments with color and unusual paper stocks (this one was ungummed, which was unusual for the universals).

    B-125 was offered in the late 1970s, and was offset-printed from a photograph of a needlepoint (actually, it was a needlepoint I had done as a gift for my mother). It never sold particularly well and was withdrawn after only about three years

    The Karl Plath plate was sent by fellow collector Nina Allen.It was designed by Carl Junge

    6/9/2014 This one by VonBayros (subject to prior sale) is currently on Ebay

    Some Interesting Links

    Old books (stock image) have a sweet smell with notes of vanilla flowers and almonds, caused by the breakdown of chemical compounds in the paper, while new books smell how they do because of chemicals used in their manufacture

    If you have ever wondered why many old books have a delightful aroma follow this link:

    From the Special Collections Processing Blog  (University of Pennsylvania) I have extracted  postings about some owners of  bookplates

    See You Again Next Sunday.

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    There has been a steady increase in the cost of bookplates sold on Ebay.This is partially fueled by spirited bidding from Chinese , English and American collectors. It's good for sellers and not so good for collectors.
    I wear both hats but I am primarily a collector so I would like to make some suggestions and encourage your participation by sending additional thoughts and comments to
    Find A Hand Bookbinder
       Bookbinders are hard wired pac rats. They often save old boards and keep bookplates when the customer does not want them.You should be able to find one or two  . If you need help ask your local antiquarian bookseller for a name. .My experience has been that bookbinders generally are very helpful.

    Antiquarian and Used Booksellers.
      Make yourself known to your local bookseller(s) and ask them to keep you in mind if they get a book (within your price range) which has an impressive bookplate.While you are at it ask if they have a box with detached boards or ephemera.From time to time I have purchased some exceptional bookplates that way.

    Bookplate Societies
    Join The American and or The English Bookplate Societies..There are links to both organizations in the column on the left side of the blog.

    Local Book Sales and Book Shows
    This one is a no brainer.You need to get on their mailing list

    Tomorrow if all goes according to schedule
    I'll be in New York City for the Herring Festival.
    If you plan to be in New York City this month and you like Herring here is a link.  

    One Last Thing- Here is a Herring Bookplate:

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  • 06/20/14--12:06: Bookplate Exchanges
  • In last week's blog posting about keeping up with bookplate inflation I neglected to include the following:

    Bookplate Exchanges
    Getting together with other collectors and exchanging duplicates is, from my perspective one of the most enjoyable aspects of this peculiar hobby.
    Skype also enables you to conduct these exchanges with collectors from all over the world.
    If you wish to exchange duplicates with other collectors please send me a brief list of the artists, themes,countries time periods etc. that interest you. If you have a Skype number send that also.
    This is important.I plan to publish a list of everyone who responds on a future blog posting.
    If you do not want your contact information shown on the blog posting be sure to tell me.
    Send your brief exchange want list to

    Earlier this week fellow collector  Yosef  Halper visited me.

    Since Yosef is also a bookseller in Israel he finds  all sorts of interesting  ephemeral items to tempt me.
    Here are three examples:

    Wounded man’s kit label

    Exhibition Image One


    A label similar to this was tied to George Arnott’s kit, when he was admitted to hospital. OHMS stands for On His Majesty’s Service. It had a reference number: AFW 3042. The wounded man’s Army number, rank, name and unit were to be written in. If the kit belonged to a soldier missing or a Prisoner of War, then WOUNDED MANS KIT was to be scored out and a cross was to be inserted under M or PW.


    Date: 1945
    Contributor: George Arnott
    Location: Germany
    Original Source: Courtesy of George Arnott private collection
    Pen and ink drawing on a blank postcard

    Other than Wie es geht ? I do not know what it says so a translation would be appreciated.

    6/21/2014 Fellow Collector Wally Jansen sent this translation:

    Hi Lew,

    I'm not truly fluent in German but I'll take a stab at the text on that card:

    (The bird in the tree is an owl.)

    Whoo, whoo,
    So hoot
    the owls.
    Little person you,
    with the wolves
    you must hoot (or howl).
    And he howls: woo woo.
    And the wolf speaks: I will not gobble you up.
    And that is a true story.

    Of course the German words have a cadence and rhyme that make it more appealing.  The word used for hoot and howl appear to be the same in German.

    It seems a bit mysterious and I have a feeling that it may be related to some old fable.
    Dear Lewis,
    just had a look to your recent blog and found the handwritten card and
    the translation by collector Wally Jansen.
    Maybe it is worth to add that the German "mit den Woelfen heulen" ("to
    howl with the wolves")
    has a double meaning. It also means: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do".
    This can be used as a friendly advice or even as a veiled threat...
    There might be a language behind the language, I presume.
    Kind Regards
    Michael Kunze

    Printed card 4 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches high
    I know this was published in 1943 and probably is asking for money
     .Your help in translating would be appreciated.

    Here are some duplicates I got from Yosef which are currently available for possible exchange:

    1. Hallie Flanagan
      Theatrical producer
    2. Hallie Flanagan was an American theatrical producer and director, playwright, and author, best known as director of the Federal Theatre Project, a part of the Works Progress Administration. Wikipedia
    3. BornAugust 27, 1890, Redfield, SD
    4. DiedJuly 23, 1969, Old Tappan, NJ

    Carl Van Vechten
    Self-Portrait of Carl Van Vechten Crisco edit.jpg
    Photographic self-portrait by Carl Van Vechten, taken in 1934
    Born Carl Van Vechten
    June 17, 1880
    Cedar Rapids, IowaU.S.
    Died December 21, 1964 (aged 84)
    New York CityNew York, U.S.
    Education Washington High School
    Alma mater University of Chicago
    Spouse(s) Anna Snyder (?–1912),
    Fania Marinoff (m. 1914–64)

    Dubose and Dorothy Heyward-Wrote Porgy and Bess


     The paper cut illustration on the bookplate was done by Sarah E. Cowan

    Dorothy and Dubose Heyward

    Mystery Bookplate- 

    Does anyone out there know who designed this bookplate ?

    That's all for today. See you next week

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    Bookplate Exchanges
    Getting together with other collectors and exchanging duplicates is, from my perspective one of the most enjoyable aspects of this peculiar hobby.
    Skype also enables you to conduct these exchanges with collectors from all over the world.
    If you wish to exchange duplicates with other collectors please send me a brief list of the artists, themes,countries time periods etc. that interest you. If you have a Skype number send that also.
    This is important.I plan to publish a list of everyone who responds on a future blog posting.
    If you do not want your contact information shown on the blog posting be sure to tell me.
    Send your brief exchange want list to

    From last week's blog posting about Bookplate exchanges I have received two responses thus far

    Oliver Furrer
    Thank you for organizing this list of bookplate collectors for exchange of duplicates.
    I am interested in armorial bookplates from Switzerland and France from 18s and early 19s centuries. I also have some German armorial bookplates I am ready to exchange.
    My email address is
     Skype id is: olivierfurrer.
    Olivier Furrer

    Kevin Fry

    I have no experience with this kind of thing and wasn't sure how to keep displaying new elements of a growing collection. I was looking for a framing or display system that is infinitely expandable, affordable, and doesn't require constant professional framing intervention .. or chew up wall space I don't have. 

    I use acrylic magnet frames from Crate and Barrel. This method allows me to display endless numbers of bookplates, as long as I have spare shelf space. They are placed on bookshelves so they’re visually connected to the idea of books, and the frames are transparent so the display doesn’t really block the book collection. The bookplates sort of float in front. (None of them are in direct sunlight, of course.) These photos show a portion of my Rockwell Kent section … about 47 in total now. I keep other people’s plates on other bookcases on the other side of the room, so the Kent collection is unified.  

    The acrylic frames, which use powerful tiny magnets to keep the two halves together, keep a tight, firm, flat hold on the paper, which I assume it’s a good way to keep them from harm, as long as they aren’t in direct line of a window. The plates remain completely undamaged (and easily removable) in this system since they aren’t really attached to anything. 

    The frames you see here are all from Crate and Barrel and are 4” x 6”. They sell other sizes on their website and in their stores ( For the Kent collection I want everything to be uniform in the display so they’re all in the same size frame no matter how big the bookplate is, although smaller frames are available and theoretically could be used and mixed and matched.

    Although I have no duplicate Kent items for exchange at this time, I am interested in adding to my Kent collection.

    My Own Want List
    I am interested in English and American Leather bookplates and currently have the following duplicates for possible exchange:

    Two Interesting Links Sent In  By Blog Readers.

    Lew , I hope you are doing well. I came across this website and figured  you would know about it already but thought it an excuse to say hi. Tim

    Tim James
    The American Bookbinders Museum
    856 Folsom Street
    San Francisco CA 94107

    Hi Mr. Jaffe,
         My name is Ari and I work in the Genealogy, Local History and Rare Books and Special Collections department at the Cincinnati Public Library. I don't know if you've seen our collection of digitized book plates at our Virtual Library, but I think you might enjoy them. I really like your blog!
    Ari Lavigne

    Note From Lew- Both of the links are loaded with information and should be bookmarked.
    See You Again Next Sunday.

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     Many years ago I bought two large loose leaf albums .One for 18th century British bookplates and the other for  19th century items.. Both albums are bursting at the seams but the 19th century album is particularly unwieldy because I inserted many 20th century items in it.
    I just created a new album specifically for the 20th century English bookplates  It contains among others the  bookplates of John Farleigh ,about whom I knew very little.To learn more about him I purchased a copy of The Wood Engravings of John Farleigh  by Monica Poole.That is my primary source for the John Farleigh checklist.shown below.

    John Farleigh (1900-1965)

    John Farleigh Checklist

    Bank of England  1932

    Sir Harold Bellman 1930's ( former Governor of the London School of Economics)

    Chelsea Polytechnic 1930's

    Harold Hutchinson  1950's (Calligraphy  by Ann Camp)

    William Maxwell 1933

    Thomas Hudson Middleton circa 1954

    Jane Elizabeth Peace  1933

    Benjamin Weiss 1936

    * "In Graven Images (P.185) John Farleigh mentions engraving a bookplate in 1928 .
    This has not been found "
    *Ref. P.118 The wood engravings of John Farleigh by Monica Poole

    Note from Lew- I would like to obtain a copy of the Thomas Hudson Middleton bookplate for my collection .If anyone out there has one for sale or trade please contact me.

    Here is an article copied from the Tapei Times July 6th 2014

    PROFILE: Artistic principal spurs interest in bookplates

    By Kuo Yen-hui and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

    Wu Wang-ju, principal of New Taipei City’s Jimei Elementary School, holds up one of his bookplates in New Taipei City on March 23.

    Photo: Kuo Yen-hui, Taipei Times

    Well-known among his peers for being a fount of creativity in advancing arts education, New Taipei City’s Jimei Elementary School principal Wu Wang-ju (吳望如) recently set a new standard when he introduced bookplates in school libraries in New Taipei City, which generated huge interest among students and parents in creating bookplates.
    Bookplates, also known as “ex libris” in Latin, meaning “from the books of,” are usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the inside front cover, to indicate its owner.
    Though Wu’s desk was covered in official documents awaiting his signature at the time of the interview, he said he was quite happy to set aside some time to talk about the art of etching and bookplate collections.
    Wu said he was introduced to etching in an art class in the second grade of elementary school, where the teacher taught them how to do relief printing using the stencil technique.
    The students had to cut out a pattern that they liked before placing it on a wooden board to be printed onto another piece of paper, Wu said, adding that the class had sparked his interest in the subject.
    He took the subject at arts college and as he did his military service in Kinmen County, he chose 53 statues of lion-like figures called fungshihyeh (風獅爺) that are found throughout Kinmen as the subjects of his first series of etchings.
    He was later invited by the local government to exhibit his work in Kinmen, which Wu said was a great source of pride for him.
    Wu said he has tried his best through the years to teach his students the many printing techniques he learned in college, such as screenprinting, and how different template materials affect etchings.
    The unpredictability of the final product’s appearance is what makes printmaking fun, as it not only inspires printmakers to be more creative, but also reminds them to pay attention to details, he said.
    The materials that a printmaker has to work with present their own set of difficulties, Wu said.
    Pointing to gypsum as an example, Wu said the mixing of gypsum, how it is cut, how to prevent it from becoming water-stained and how it reacts in different weather conditions are all things a printmaker has to be aware of.
    Wu said that he once failed 12 times in a row making a gypsum print due to hot weather ruining the final product.
    “It was an experience that taught me to think what I could do to make printmaking more easily accessible and more fun for students to learn,” Wu said.
    Wu said he found a solution — using a resin board, a material similar to polystyrene — while traveling abroad a decade ago.
    Resin is softer than wood and rubber and although it somewhat lacked the artistic sense of printmaking, it was more accessible to students as they could draft their patterns on the board with pencils before cutting them into the board with a knife, Wu said.
    “It saved time and also increased the students’ interest in the subject,” Wu said, adding that the extended time needed to complete a print is also the main reason printmaking is not taught in schools very often. It takes on average two to three weeks to complete a print from scratch.
    “Students may show interest in the first few classes, but they usually start losing interest or become impatient by the third or fourth class,” Wu said.
    Introducing ex libris prints in classes significantly cuts down the time to make the prints and also makes the work easier to complete, Wu said. “As an indicator of the ownership of any book, the ex libris shows the viewer the level of artistic appreciation of the owner and their creativity,” Wu said. “Bookplates are fun to make or to collect.”
    “On the one hand the promotion of ex libris prints popularizes the items among members of the public and on the other, it facilitates production by students,” he added.
    Wu said he dreams of one day starting his own ex libris museum to further introduce Taiwanese to bookplates, as well as facilitating interaction between book collectors.

    Odds and Ends

      This is a product I found very useful in labelling the new albums. 

    This is the product I used for section dividers in the new albums

    Some Interesting Links

    The London School of Economics and Political Science has an ongoing blog feature about bookshops around the world which students and academics should visit.
    There is even one from Brooklyn , New York.
    Pilgrims Book House in Kathmandu
    A bookstore occupies the first two floors of the former “Paris Department Store” (formerly Divatcsarnok). The building was once the site of the Terézváros Casino, builded in 1885 in neo-Renaissance style. Credit: jaime silva CC BY-NC-ND 2.0



    La Maison Stern
    The company "Maison Stern et Aumoitte" was founded in 1836 by a Mister Aumoitte who joined to a young engraver, Moses Stern. This partnership lasted till the end of the 1850s when Moses Stern took over the "House".
    The ex-libris (bookplate) of Maison Stern transforms into a large letter "S" within which a standing lion rests its foreleg paw on an interlaced "MS" monogram. Completing this composition, there are an arm wielding an engraver's tool and two pieces of armor, a glove and a helmet. During the Universal Exhibitions of 1867 and 1889, Maison Stern is awarded the Gold Medal for quality. Thereafter Moses Stern will on occasion be a member of the jury awarding this same medal.
    In the 1890s, Mr.Stern takes his son René as associate to the company which becomes "Stern and sons". René Stern takes over the shop in 1904. Maison Stern has been honored to count, among prestigious customers, the presidential Elysée Palace for its menus and invitations, embassies, nobility and French and foreign major companies. Each has long contributed to the good name of the "Maison".
    Generations of engravers at Maison Stern have followed one another since. Nowadays there is a very strong will in the company to preserve, to value and to build upon know-how and techniques which tend to recede.

    Monthly Viewers by country

    I don't look at my page views by country statistics (furnished by Google) very often but I just glanced at them and was pleasantly surprised to see how many blog readers tune in from Saudi Arabia. China rarely shows up because of the ongoing tension between the government of China and Google

    Entry Pageviews

    United States
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    Next week I plan to write about Rockwell Kent and the Hart family

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  • 07/11/14--08:07: Two Hours at the Book Trader
  • Yesterday I visited a local Philadelphia bookshop, The Book Trader. They have been in Philadelphia for over thirty years and it's always nice to see a bookseller survive and prosper.
      I have only gotten a few bookplates there but hope springs eternal..
    The trip as it turns out was productive..  Here is what I found:

    I believe the bookplate was done by silkscreen. The owner lived in Moorestown New Jersey .
    The artist was A. G. Hull a cartographer also from Moorestown New Jersey.
    Any additional biographical information about the owner or the artist would be most welcome.

    The second bookplate was for Oscar F. Roller an early 20th century lithographer in Philadelphia

    I contacted David Doret , a  knowledgeable lithographic collector and he  referred me to
      Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, 
    .The search did not unearth any information about Mr Roller but the database is an excellent resource so here is a link:

    I'll be back on Sunday . See you soon.

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    The best and most complete printed resource for information about Rockwell Kent bookplates is
    Rockwell Kent The Art of The Bookplate   by Don Roberts. Before it was published in 2003 the most helpful resource was a small  printed checklist by Dan Burne Jones ( a keepsake from The American Society of  Bookplate Collectors and Designers)

     Leo Hart was a well respected printer in Rochester New York. When he asked Kent for bookplate suggestions Kent  came up with the design  of a punning plate using a lion and a deer.

     The bookplates were printed by Hart's company.

    After Mr. Hart's death many variants of the original  were  printed as memorial plates without Kent's input.
    Here is one I found on the internet

    Here are three more from my own collection:

    If you have other examples of Leo Hart memorial plates please send scans and they will be added to this posting

    This is a Kent inspired bookplate used by Leo Hart's son and daughter in law.  
    It is in many Kent collections
    It is listed in the Keepsake but it is not listed in Don Robert's book..
    For clarification I sent the following email  to fellow collector Will Ross :

    Dear Will,
       In 1978 the American Bookplate Society issued a small keepsake about the bookplates of Rockwell Kent.
    It included the Joan and Horace Hart bookplate.
    Ken Roberts did not include it.
    Can you clarify the omission ? Was the keepsake listing in error?
    If so, do you know anything about the bookplate?

    This was his response:

    Hello Lew,

    Hope you are well. Interesting query. I remember very well discussing the issue of this bookplate, and some others, with Don while he was doing the compiling.

    Don decided, and rightfully so in my opinion, only to include bookplates that were designed by Kent to BE bookplates. The Joan and Horace Hart plate, like some others, is actually based on an illustration used for another purpose. In this case the dust jacket to Shakespeare's "Venus and Adonis," published by Leo Hart in 1931. In fact, I have a letter from Horace Hart dated February 14, 1969, where he says exactly that. I will be happy to send a copy to you if you wish.

    *Another example are the plates J. Edouard and Elizabeth Diamond did, which are quite large, based on illustrations RK did for the complete works of Shakespeare.

    Hope this answers your question. Keep up the good work! Enjoy every weeks "Confessions."


    *Note from Lew- This is an example of one of the four Diamond plates using a Kent illustration.
    It is printed on silk thread paper and certainly is quite large ( 8 inches wide by 10 inches high)

    Here is another bookplate listed in the keepsake which is not in the Roberts book.

    Elbridge Hadley Stuart was the son of the founder  of The Carnation( Milk) Company.
    If anyone out there can send additional information about the plate it will be added to this posting
     From The Let The Buyer Beware File
    Rockwell Kent designed a bookplate for George Henry Corey in 1940
    About thirty years later the image was" borrowed" .

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

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    This interview  with the noted bookplate artist Daniel Mitsui was conducted via Email.
    It was from my perspective  a very effective format and I hope to do several more  of these interviews with artists , collectors and booksellers  in the next few months.

    Do you use a bookplate ?
    The saying is that the cobbler's family is always ill-shod, and I suppose that holds true here; I do not have a custom exlibris for my family library yet. I started drawing one years ago, but had to set it aside as I was busy with other projects. By the time I revisited it, I was no longer satisfied with the design. I have a new design in mind, one that will function also as a colophon for my publishing imprint, but I probably will not have it finished this year.

    In the meantime, I am using the printer's proofs and overruns of the universal bookplates I issue in my own books.

    What was the first bookplate you designed ?
    I received my first exlibris commission in 2007 from an English philosophy professor. It was for his daughter and depicted her patron saint, Agnes. The same man has since commissioned bookplates for all of his children and godchildren, and for his wife. The subjects include St. Francis, St. Dorothy, St. Barbara, St. Columba and St. Margaret of Antioch.

    Before I received that first commission, I had not considered designing bookplates and did not even clearly understand what they were. After posting my first two or three bookplate designs on my website, you contacted me and it was through your web log that I realized how many exlibris enthusiasts and collectors exist. In order to build a better portfolio, I drew bookplates as gifts for family members and friends over the next year.

    I receive commissions for custom bookplates pretty consistently, usually about half a dozen each year. This year I have received quite a few more; I have already completed ten.

    What was the most challenging bookplate you designed ?
    Generally, bookplates are easy work for me; detailed black and white ink drawing is my greatest artistic strength, and this is what the medium requires for printing.  Composition is something that comes naturally to me; I don't have much trouble figuring out how to arrange dozens of elements into a small space.

    Bookplates do require me to incorporate unique subject matter which I normally would not draw. This is a challenge, but an enjoyable one. Probably nine-tenths of my drawings are based on late medieval Northern European art. Most of my bookplates are designed in the same style. But on occasion, I am asked to draw a stave church portal or a Korean turtle ship, or something in a Victorian or Persian style.

    What questions from a client need to be asked before you begin ?
    It is one of my artistic peculiarities that I do not like to prepare rough drafts. I've found that doing so results in a less lively drawing. Because of this, I want to have all of the details of a commission worked out before I put pen to paper. Generally, a patron gives me a central subject or theme, a list of other details to include, the name and motto, and a general description of the intended style. 

    Do you have a series of scans or a video showing  the start , the progression and the completion of a bookplate?
    Not that I remember saving. Once I start work on an exlibris I usually finish it within a few days, so it hasn't occurred to me to record its progression recently. Generally, I work on the ornamental parts first, then the lettering, and then the central image.

    My sense is that you have completed and have been paid for more bookplates over the last four years than any other American artist .
    Why do you think this has happened?

    I receive commissions from bibliophiles and exlibris enthusiasts, many of whom find me through your website or recommendation. Most of my commissions, however, come from the same base of patrons who are interested in my religious artwork. This is evident from the number of bookplates I have designed featuring saints or religious themes. Often, these are commissioned as gifts to commemorate baptisms, confirmations, weddings or ordinations.

    I would not be so prolific in bookplate design had I not succeeded in getting this group of patrons interested in exlibris. I imagine that many of them were not at first interested in bookplates per se, but saw in them an opportunity to commission original, personalized artwork from me on a small scale and at a low cost.

    Your designs are unique. How would you describe them?
    Black and white ink drawing has been my specialty since I was eighteen years old. I have explored many styles and forms of art in the fourteen years since then (including surrealism, comic strips and film animation) but my affinity for minutely detailed ink drawing with crisply defined lines and general horror vacui has never changed. I have for this entire time been fond of organic, non-repeating decoration. One of my signature practices is to fill borders and backgrounds with tiny cell organelles, seashells or plants.

    Currently, my principal influence is late medieval Northern European art. Most of this is religious in nature, although I admire secular art from the same era as well. For obvious reasons, the two-dimensional media of manuscript illumination, panel painting, millefleur tapestry and printmaking most strongly interest me. The influence of works such as the Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries and the Sherborne Missal can be spotted in most of my drawings; illustrated incunabula such as those produced by the partnership of Philippe Pigouchet and Simon Vostre are especially strong influences on black and white bookplate designs. The 19th century medievalist William Morris is another obvious source of inspiration.

    This late medieval style is one that harmonizes well with my own strengths as a draftsman, but it is not the only one. On occasion I enjoy drawing pictures that resemble Northumbro-Irish manuscripts (such as the Lindisfarne Gospels) or Japanese woodblock prints, and would welcome more exlibris commissions in these styles. Mughal miniatures have my curiosity as well. One day, I hope to integrate elements from all these different kinds of art into a single signature style.

    If you were the recipient of a Guggenheim grant that enabled you to create art without concern about on going bills and expenses what would you like to create ?
    Had I such funds, I would do the same things that I am doing now, but more quickly and with less worry about the cost and risk. My long-terms plans as an artist are to devote significant training, practice and study to improving my calligraphic hand, my figure drawing, and my land- sea- and skyscapes. As I mentioned, I want to work more in the Northumbro-Irish, Japanese and Mughal styles, and to complete a series of speculative drawings in each. Cartographic art is something that I've loved for years but not yet tried, and I want someday to draw an elaborate mappamundi.

    There are dozens of letterpress broadsides and universal bookplates that I am ready to issue through my Millefleur Press imprint, but have not because I still need to secure funds to pay the papermakers and pressmen.

    Eventually, my ambition is to publish not only broadsides and bookplates, but complete fine press books, all done with letterpress printing and handmade papers and bindings, all featuring my own illustrations and typefaces. Projects that I have in mind include new versions of short 15th century devotional blockbooks (Biblia pauperum, Ars memoranda, Exercitum super Pater Noster, Symbolum Apostolicum). I want to illustrate and publish a Book of Hours, which was the most popular devotional book for literate laymen of the late Middle Ages, and which has not existed since then. I would like to publish, using the style and (as far as I am able) process of Japanese woodblock printing, an edition of the Tenchi Hajimari No Koto, a text produced by the hidden Christians of Japan during the period of persecution. A work of secular literature that has my interest is The Rime of the Ancynt Marinere, which I would publish using the original 1798 text, matching the illustrations and typography to the deliberately archaic 15th century vocabulary and spelling.

    Note From Lew

    Here is Daniel's contact information:

    See you again next Sunday.

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    World's coolest bookstores

    By Frances Cha, CNN
    July 24, 2014 -- Updated 2042 GMT (0442 HKT)
     Note from Lew
    I have only been to two of the stores listed  ,John King in Detroit and The Strand  in New York City .
    If you have visited some of the other shops mentioned your comments and recollections would be most welcome..
     Have you been to any amazing bookstores that are not on this list?  
    Send all inquiries and comments to

    Bookplate Exchanges

    This cartoon from The New Yorker seemed appropriate. 

    Here are a few bookplates for possible exchange.

     Send scans of  your duplicates to

    Engraved plate by W.P. Barrett

    Polo Players Artist unknown
    Carlyle Baer was for many years the director of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors
    Pencil Signed woodblock by Adrian Feint

    Engraved plate for Arctic explorer/pilot
    Senator from Arizona and Republican presidential candidate

    Engraved by A.N. Macdonald in 1921

    Engraved by The Western Banknote Company

    Designed by K..Kawaaski in 1933
    printed from six blocks
    Wood engraving by J.J. Lankes
    Magician's Bookplate

    Mystery Rebus Bookplate from Barbara

    I have come across your interesting website many times in the past, but this is the first time I have had a query. I hope you can help.
    I have come across what appears to be a rebus bookplate (attached), but haven't so far been able to decipher it. 
    The hare and tree might possibly be Trehair, and there might be also be a Shepherd (or similar spelling). Perhaps also a Knight - or 'Sir'. No idea what the Sunderland refers to, or why the plate is dated 1909.
    Have you by any chance ever come across this design before?

    Best wishes,
    Note from Lew- Send scans of your mystery bookplates and I will try to assist you.
    See you again next Sunday .

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  • 08/03/14--07:14: Bookplate Odds and Ends
  • Here is a link to a well written, competently researched and thoroughly enjoyable ephemera blog

                                                               British Museum. Prints and Drawings. C.1-193-219
    Click on image to enlarge
    Generally speaking , there is not strong interest in the copper or steel engravers plates used to create a bookplate. There are always exceptions.. Fellow collector Anthony Pincott sent me this link about
     the Christies sale of  an 18th century copper plate engraved by Nathaniel Hurd for Francis Dana
    ( Allen # 201).Follow the link if you are curious about the sale price.

    In my own collection I have 13 Aluminum plates used by Sara Eugenia Blake.The plates were owned by Mary Alice Ercolini.and eventually became part of Earl Heims collection*. When he died his collection was sold to a gallery in Portland Oregon and I purchased the plates from them. Some day someone will write a long overdue book about Sara Eugenia Blake and hopefully I will be able to loan the plates to the author..

    *Earl Heims was a Rockwell Kent collector and he used a Kent image on his bookplate
    ,I currently have a duplicate for possible exchange.
    Fellow collector/dealer Tom Boss sent this mystery bookplate for identification.It is possible the owner's name was cut off. This is one of those bookplates which can drive one bonkers.I know I've seen it before and I have a lingering feeling it is in my collection or I bid on it in the past. Maybe one of you can help Tom.
    Send your input to

    Speedy response from Anthony Pincott
    Your bookplate queried by Tom Boss is that of Abram P Longbottom  Allen #515.

    See you again next Sunday

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    I recently obtained this bookplate on Ebay.
    It complimented the two Lewis Carroll Room plates I already had
    In an effort to obtain more information I discovered that the Cleveland Public Library had digitized  their
    bookplates and many of them were done by students.
    Here is the link.

    The artist(s) who did the three plates from the Lewis Carroll Reference room were not indicated so I dug deeper and found this site relating to WPA artists

    It put me in the right direction but more research is needed because the  artist's for the three bookplates are listed as a group.

    WPA Artists: Paul Kucharyson, Edward C. Haill and Kalman Kubinyi


    In the 1930's and 40's there was some faddish use of photographic bookplates.The style did not last very long but I have unearthed a few.I know nothing about the owners. If you have any similar plates send me a scan and they will be added to this posting.
    I've scanned my paper version of George Eastman's bookplate. Many years ago I had the older photographic version of this plate but I must have traded it for something else.
    Here is some additional information about Mr. Eastman's bookplate :"When the cocktail hour came into vogue in the 1920's, Eastman changed his formal reception room into a ''little library.'' Intimately scaled and elegant with Wedgwood green walls and columned white marble fireplace, the room has a comfortable wing chair near the fireplace just as it was when Eastman posed (with back to camera) for his bookplate. He catalogued his books, identifying each by section and shelf. Alongside classics by Shakespeare, Longfellow, Kipling and Dickens, volumes that have Eastman's original bookplate include ''Darwinism'' and ''Reveries of a Bachelor.''
    Here's another new addition to my theatrical bookplate collection .Celebrity bookplates are always on my want list and I've never seen this one before.

    See you again next week.

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  • 08/17/14--09:34: In Defense of Pigeons
  •  Members of the pigeon family have been maligned ,shot at, poisoned  eaten.and annihilated.
     Consider this my tribute to some feathered friends..

     Pigeon family  bookplates, ephemera, and things that strike my fancy.

    Wendell M.Levi wrote The Encyclopedia of Pigeon Breeds  in 1965 .

    The Dodo  was a member of the Pigeon family It is now extinct. Ralfe Whistler is a Dodo bird collector.
    For images from his collection follow this link:

    Verna Faber designed this bookplate for Hettie Gray Baker.

    CW Refers to Carolyn Wells

    Wood engraved Christmas card from Andy English -2007

    My favorite Pigeon quotation-

    Some days you're the Pigeon .Some days you're the statue

    A Pigeon Rubber Stamp

    I am about half way through this delightful book. 
    In case you are wondering it is the reason I wrote this posting

    See you next week.

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    Alfred Robert Louis Dohme's Bookplate

    by Michele Behan

                    As both a book collector and bookplate collector, I always attend book sales with an eye toward interesting bookplates hidden within not-so-interesting books.

    Books published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries tend to yield more bookplates than recently published titles, so it never hurts to flip open an
    older book and check out the front endpaper.  Now that I know how to remove bookplates without damaging the book (thanks to this blog!), I always look for interesting bookplates to add to my collection.

            That is why, when I recently attended the Friends of the Library book sale held at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania on July 30, I picked up an otherwise boring Harvard Classics 1910 edition of The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini.

    When I flipped the cover, I was fascinated by the commissioned bookplate within, featuring a border of a pair of snakes weaving through vines surrounding the central motif of a whimsical scribe.

    The name on the bookplate, Alfred Robert Louis Dohme, meant nothing to me, but the design was sufficiently compelling to justify spending $2 on the book.

    When I got home and researched the bookplate, I was surprised to learn that it belonged to a somewhat well-known individual at the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Alfred Robert Louis Dohme, a Baltimore pharmacist and chemist of some renown.

                Alfred Robert Louis Dohme (1867-1952) was a chemist who founded the pharmaceutical company Sharpe and Dohme (later Merck, Sharpe and Dohme) with a special interest in pharmaceutical assaying.

    Dohme was also passionate about art and music.  He was instrumental in the founding of the Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as being chairman of the Grand Opera Committee of Baltimore.

    Dohme was married twice, with his first marriage resulting in the birth of six daughters.  When his wife died, he remarried in 1909.

    Alfred Robert Louis Dohme’s bookplate is full of curious symbols and mysteries, including the designer, whose signature, ADOHME ’14, does not correspond to any known bookplate engravers. 

    Lew suggested that perhaps the designer was Dr. Dohme’s sister, but after extensive research, I have another theory.

    One of Dr. Dohme’s daughters, Adelyn Dohme Breeskin (1896-1986), was the first woman to direct a major American art museum.

    The younger Dohme planned on being an artist and graduated from Boston’s School of Fine Arts, Crafts and Decorative Design in 1918.  After graduation, she took a job in the print department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, later returning to Baltimore to accept the position of curator of prints at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

    In 1938, she was named general curator of the museum and built one of the finest works on paper collections in the country.  In 1947, Adelyn Dohme was named director of the Baltimore Museum of Art. 

    So it is reasonable to conclude that Adelyn Dohme  (ADOHME ‘14) was the artist and designer of her father’s intriguing bookplate.  In 1914, the aspiring artist would have been 18 years old.

    Notes From Lew  

    I want to thank Michele for submitting this article.You, my readers are encouraged to submit articles for inclusion in the blog.If English is not your primary language I can assist you with the editing.. Send a brief outline of your proposed article to

    Some Recent additions to my collection

    Symbol: Maxim "Knowledge Empowers Struggle". 

    Design by 

     Sam DeWolff was a leader of the Zionist faction of the social democratic movement. 

     Salomon(Sam)  deWolff

    The  information about this bookplate was sent by fellow collector Michael Kunze

    The HQ of the  Prussian Association of Jewish Communities   (Preussischer Landesverband Jüdischer Gemeinden ) was located at  Kantstr. 158, Berlin,  and officially founded in  1922 
    "Wanderbücherei" (book mobile / mobile library) may mean either a library mounted on a truck or it was moved by a truck to be stationed somewhere for a limited time
     This library picture was made in 1935

    Mystery Bookplates

    Can you assist me in identifying the owner's or

     artist's of these bookplates ?

    If you have a mystery bookplate

    Please send a scan to

    8/23/2014 It always amazes me when   questions are answered at lightning speed. Fellow collector Jacques Laget found a book description
    which contained the following information:

    Printed for the Century Club by D.B. Updike at the Merrymount Press, Boston (Smith 957). Brief eulogies of club members who died in 1943, including Steven Vincent Benet, Pierpont Morgan, and Lt. Tom La Farge, whose cutter foundered in an ice storm off the coast of Newfoundland while returning from a "difficult and very valuable work in the North Atlantic area."

    See You Again Next Weekend

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    Louis Rhead (1857-1926)        was among other things

    a writer, bookbinder, and book illustrator
     as well as the designer of bookplates, posters and book covers .
    Here is a link to hundreds of Rhead illustrations

    Rhead's Photo in A Collection Of Book Plate Designs by Louis Rhead published by W. Porter Truesdell

    .  The Bookplates of Louis Rhead

     The Angling plate shown below is the same as Fearing # 210 .The inscription in ink on the top is faint.
    It says"To Oscar T. Blackburn." . On the grey paper border is written" Printed by Peter Pratt on Birchbark
    for Louis Rhead."

    If you have any Rhead bookplates not shown here please send me a scan and they will be added.

    If any of you have information about Peter Pratt the printer please send it to me.



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    Mystery Bookplates:

    By all means send me scans of your mystery bookplates for possible inclusion in the blog.
    I quickly respond to all such inquiries. This one was sent  earlier in the week and it is very strange.
    It is pasted in a Portuguese book .Do any of you have any information about the bookplate?

    Faster Than a Speeding Bullet I received this response from Mike at Mikes Library.

    K v d St is likely
    1. Karl von den Steinen  a German physician, ethnologist, explorer, and author of important anthropological work about   the Indian cultures of Central Brazil, and the art of the Marquesas. 
    1. BornMarch 7, 1855, Mülheim, Germany
    2. DiedNovember 4, 1929, Kronberg im Taunus, Germany
    3. Mike also sent a link to a bookseller’s catalog which contained a listing for a book with Karl von den Steinen’s bookplate.
    4. I will send  the dealer an email along with a scan of the mystery bookplate to hopefully solve the mystery.
    5. Thank You Mike
    6.                                      Mystery solved 
    Dear Lewis Jaffe, 

    Yes, that's Karl von den Steinen's bookplate, you can make out his initials at the bottom. 
    He's on Wikipedia at :

    best regards,

    Michael Graves-Johnston

    Daniel Mitsui

     Two new universal bookplates recently completed by Daniel Mitsui

    Judaica Bookplates

    Dan Wyman has a nice selection of Judaica bookplates for sale (subject to prior sale)
    This is the message he sent to me.
    " We purchased this collection of very nice Jewish bookplates, perhaps some for you?
    Price is $35 each; shipping will be the U.S."

     Dan Wyman Books LLC.
    1250 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11237 
    Tel.        718.963.0410 

    A Good Source for Obtaining Bookplates 

    Illustrated here is the early 19th century plain armorial bookplate inscribed Genl. Despard (F.8522) . 
    The shield, with an unusually leafy surround, bears the arms of Despard impaling Hesketh. The marriage of John Despard (1743/4–1829), Irish-born army officer and colonial administrator, to Harriot Anne (1772–1848), daughter of Thomas Hesketh and Jacintha Dalrymple, and the sister of Sir Thomas Dalrymple Hesketh, third baronet, of Rufford Hall, Lancashire, took place in 1793, but this bookplate probably dates to no earlier than 1814, the year in which he was promoted general. By that time he had already been long in retirement, having returned to England from North America in 1807. Burke’s General Armory gives us no help with the heraldry, but the broken lance in the canton and the motto Pugno both signal the arms of a career soldier.

    Born in Ireland and baptized on 4 August 1744 at St Peter and St Kevin in Dublin, he was the fifth of six sons of William and Jane Despard, and brother of Edward Marcus Despard. John  first saw action at age 16 in Germany during the Seven Years’ War as ensign in the 12th Foot, but most of the 24 engagements in which he took part were in the period 1773-83 during the American Revolution. That is why I purchased it.
    I am interested in the bookplates of American Loyalists who fled to Canada or back to England as well as English officers who fought in the revolution.

     During this time he was captured and exchanged, and as major he organized Lord Rawdon's new loyalist corps, the Volunteers of Ireland. Colonel in 1795 and major-general from mid-1798, he accepted in 1799 the post of military commander and civil administrator of the colony of Cape Breton (Nova Scotia). The frustrations of this role and declining health, probably exacerbated by his brother Maurice’s execution for treason, prompted his leaving for England in 1807. He died at Swan Hill, Oswestry, from ‘ulcerated intestines’ and was buried there in St Oswald's churchyard. History records him as a distinguished, resourceful, and brave soldier who demonstrated surprising governing abilities, all undertaken with a ‘mild and cheerful disposition’. A fuller account of his life can be found in the Oxford DNB.

    I purchased the bookplate on Ebay, but my preferred  source  is the  members auctions of The Bookplate Society. There have been two such auctions this year, and more are in the pipeline for October and December. They typically attract postal and email bids from 30-40 members .There’s a good range of British (and sometimes other) material available. Successful bids from outside the UK can be paid through PayPal. Members also get two high-quality 72-page issues of The Bookplate Journal each year, plus newsletters, and a book every two years. The book for 2015/16 will be about the bookplates of dukes, and is entitled Strawberry Leaves. Annual membership costs $65

    Another reason to join The Bookplate Society

    The October auction has now been uploaded to the Society’s website at where the listing and scans of all the bookplates on offer can be viewed online. An early deadline of 24 September means that members have less than 3 weeks to enter bids

    Theatrical Bookplates

    The Lynn and Alfred Lunt bookplate is a welcome addition to my theatrical bookplate collection.
    It was designed in 1946 by Richard Whorf .He was an American actor, author, director, and designer and collaborated with the Lunts.

    Here is a  an excellent blog posting about computer security by Dr.Steven Solomon
    (In the spirit of openness and transparency he is my son in law.) 

    Secure Communication for the Professional
    August 20, 2014
    By Steven N. Solomon

    Lawyers and doctors are just two professions that are required to secure information.  For lawyers it is the Model Rules that tell us to keep client information confidential while for doctors and others in the medical community information is required to be kept secure through HIPAA and State Law.  For any profession or business to run smoothly and successfully communication needs to be paramount.  However, many forms of communication, e-mail, text messaging and Instant Messaging, while convenient are not secure for most people.  Using these forms of communication to transmit sensitive information can result in a breach which may then entail heavy fines, mandatory training for you and your staff, credit monitoring for those individuals affected, not to mention the cost of the potential lawsuits for the breach.

    The remainder of this article will focus on secure apps for texting and Instant Messaging for the legal professional and non health care industry as HIPAA has specific requirements that are needed to prevent a violation.

    It should be noted that nothing can be claimed to be 100% secure.  The best that one can hope for is that the security makes it too difficult for most anyone to breach.   For effective security both the sender and recipient have to be on the same encryption system.  For simplicity sake think of both parties needing to speak English rather than one party who only speaks Spanish.  Getting the sender and recipient to use the program/app/software is one of the biggest hurdles in secure communication.

    There are numerous companies that produce a wide array of products so you must do the proper research to determine which would work best for you and those you communicate with.  Some businesses may want a log of all of their communications while others may not care.  A decision should be made with your Privacy Officer as to what is best.

    Texting Apps

    BBM (Black Berry Messenger) is probably one of the most well known services for secure communication.  Most smart phones have an app available for download.  Messages are first encrypted on the senders phone before being sent to the recipient where it is then unencrypted.  Each message is encrypted with the same “key” which means that in the unlikely event that someone is able to break the encryption, they would be able to see all of the conversations that you had with that recipient.   For those requiring additional security or just more paranoid, Black Berry is releasing in 2004 eBBM (Enterprise Black Berry Messaging).  Each message sent will have its own unique encryption key which means that only that one message can be compromised if the encryption is broken.

    Wickr is one of the new class of messaging apps that besides allowing you to send encrypted text but also has a self destruct for the message.  This is available for Android and iPhone.  The company claims that messages are “forensically wiped” upon expiration and that they do not store the message on their servers.

    Invisible Text also allows for “self destruction” of messages.  Once the message is read by the recipient a timer starts that will then delete the message once the countdown is complete.

    Silent Text is from Silent Circle, the company behind the Black Phone.  The founders have a good reputation for protecting your privacy.  One of the founders is Phil Zimmerman, the creator of Pretty Good Privacy.  In order to use this app you must be a subscriber to Silent Circle.  Texts can be deleted from both your phone and the other phone you are communicating with.  The encryption and the way the company handles sending messages appear to be top notch.  Also available as part of your subscription is the ability to make encrypted phone calls to other users.

    Instant Messaging

    Not every communication is between mobile devices.  Many use the Computer to “chat” or Computer to Mobile Device.  These Instant Messages (IMs) are not considered secure by default.

    Off-The-Record (OTR) is the encryption protocol that can be used for these communications.  It can also be used with your mobile device.

    The following are a list of clients with the system that they can be used with:

    Pidgin – Windows, Linux
    Adium- OSX
    ChatSecure – Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone

    The apps and programs above are just some of the “secure” communication alternatives available. 

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     Fellow collector/dealer Warren Baker sent me a very well researched catalog of Canadian Bookplates and Bookseller Labels in PDF format

     I am in unchartered waters right now. I have a PDF document which has been downloaded to Google drive.     Here is the link.
    If it works I am proud of myself. If it does not work  the posting will be deleted.

    Note from Lew- The link is working  but the images are missing.
    If you want me to send the PDF directly to you please send me an email

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  • 09/15/14--09:24: Library By-Laws and Rules
  • I attended the First  Brooklyn Book and Antiques show on Saturday .The booths were well stocked , the promoter did a bang up job of promoting  and I met  five dealers who have "bookplates back at home"..I always follow-up these leads and keep my fingers crossed.
    The most interesting item I found was not a bookplate. It is a  New Haven ,Connecticut tavern receipt from the early 19th century.I am gathering information about the Tavern and the owner Justus Butler
    and will write more about it when my research is completed.


    I've accumulated quite a few early 19th century library by -laws notices over the years and found this one at the show..Does anyone out there know which institution used the letters S.M.C.T.A.L.?
    I assume the last two letters are for Association Library..If you have similar items and want them added to this posting please send a scan to
    I scanned everything in my own collection and welcome additional scans 

     I made the following pencil notation on the back of The Newport Label
    See The History of Newport from 1766 to 1878 Chapter XX , charter granted to Hubbard Newton in 1803

     The Phillips Academy label is not about By-Laws but I included it because I would like more information about it.. By the way, when you are digging around book shops and not finding very much be sure to ask the seller if he has a box of old detached boards.Sometimes you can find some really nice bookplates in such boxes.

    "The Philadelphia Typographical Society was organ- 
    ized in 1802, and enjoys the distinction of being the old-
    est existing organization of the craft. Up to 1831 it
    existed as both a benevolent and a trade society, as was
    the rule among the early societies. In 1831 it became a
    purely benevolent association."

     This Williams College item is  from the 18th century

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    It's been a productive weekend. On Friday I visited The Rittenhouse Art Show.
    I went because Marina Terauds exhibits there. More often than not I buy one of her bookplates.
    I was first made aware of  this very talented artist ten years ago when I exchanged duplicates with fellow collector Jo Ann Pari-Mueller. This is the bookplate I received in the exchange .

    This was Jo Ann's  description "Marina Terauds was born in Russia,but lives in Michigan now.
    She was delightful to work with.I wanted a "Collector's Cabinet" theme with my stuff in it,and she did a great job expertly creating the "vision".

    The bookplate I purchased at the show is quite different from her usual work.It is a whimsical tribute to the owner Uldus Terauds who is a balloonist  and hang glider enthusiast..

     Here is Marina Terauds contact information:


    On Saturday I visited an antique show and came away with some leather bookplates used by notable American book collectors.I currently have  for exchange some duplicates of the leather bookplate used by the American banker and collector  J.P.Morgan .

    Mystery Bookplate

    Does anyone out there know who was the owner of this leather plate?
    While on the subject of mystery bookplates I want to encourage you to send your scans for possible identification  to
    Earlier in the week fellow collector Richard Schimmelpfeng inquired about the identification of the artist who did this bookplate.

    I contacted fellow collector Michael Kunze and he promptly responded as follows:

    "The signature should indicate the German painter Julius Köhnholz (Bremen 1839 - 1925 Bremen), who had ties to the city of Kassel ("Cassel" before 1920) where he also had an exhibition. His name isn't mentioned in the bookplate references I have at hand.
    The "Kunsthalle Bremen", a nationwide known art museum in Bremen, publishes a biography of Julius Köhnholz (or Koehnholz) in the net.   It seems Köhnholz was a well known and quite successful realistic painter, preferring motives / subjects showing mountains, rivers, and ships at sea. He loved dramatic  contrasts /light(darkness)."


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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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  • 09/29/14--02:42: Science Fiction Bookplates
  • In 2007 I wrote about bookplates used by science fiction writers and collectors.

    Here are three recently acquired science fiction plates

                                                             Walter Karig

    "Walter Karig (1898–1956) was a prolific author, who served as a U.S. naval captain. Karig authored a number of military history works on Allied naval operations during World War II. Karig wrote scripts for the television series Victory at Sea. Besides his works on naval history, Karig was a novelist, publishing under his own name. He also worked as a journalist.
    For the Stratemeyer Syndicate, Karig wrote volumes in the Perry Pierce series (2–4), Doris Force series (3–4), and Nancy Drew series (8–10). Oddly two of the three Nancy Drew books had Helen Corning in them and Bess and George out of them.
    Among Karig's many novels is Zotz! (1947), a satirical story dealing with an archaeologist and linguist, Dr. John Jones. After deciphering an inscription on an ancient disk, Jones is imbued with deadly powers. For Jones can merely point at an animal or human, and they faint. If he utters the word "Zotz" while pointing his finger, the person or animal will die. Because the novel is set duringWorld War II, there is a patriotic flavor to it. Also, much of the plot revolves around Jones' efforts to obtain an appointment to see President Franklin Roosevelt, with the hope that he can convince the President that the Allies can use his supernatural abilities to help the war effort. Karig has written himself into the novel as a beleaguered naval officer working at a U.S. Navy public information office, where dozens of people parade by his desk daily all trying to obtain appointments to meet with the "highest authority" in the United States government. Although Karig's novel is set the then present, he manages to point out that humans have not changed much in millennia. Technology may have improved, but humans still have a strong desire to destroy and to kill. Thus Karig manages to blend a satire on wartime Washington D.C. bureaucracy with ethical questions related to the advent of the nuclear war."

    U.S. Navy photograph of Captain Walter Karig, housed at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

                                                  J.Algot Eriksson

     J.Algot Eriksson's bookplate was purchased on Ebay and I do not know  very much about it.
    Additional information would be appreciated.

    Garrett Chatfield Pier

    "1875-1943) US author of Hanit the Enchantress (1921), in which a Yale expedition to Egypt discovers what seems to be a Lost World, into the heart of which the lead of the expedition plunges by Timeslip, where he falls in love with the spitting image of the twentieth century woman to whom he is betrothed. "

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