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  • 03/01/17--06:21: March Events
  • This newsletter was written by John Renjilian.


    THE PAGES OF YESTERYEAR
    John Renjilian
    9 Old Hawleyville Road, Newtown, CT 06470
    Phone: (203) 426-0864  
    Email: jrenjilian@hotmail.com
    Antiquarian History, arts, domestic science; books, manuscipts, graphics & paper

    Hold on tight, it's a busy month!


    First up is the winter sale at Westport Library, 20 Jessup Rd, Westport, CT 06880. Saturday, March 4, 9 am-5 pm, March 5, 1-5 pm, March 6, 9 am-5 pm (everything half-price), March 7, 9 am-noon (contribution day). Mass market paperbacks Hardcover and trade paperback fiction and mysteries, Children's books, from infants to teens, Nonfiction hardcover: cooking, gardening, home & crafts, travel, history, biography, etc., DVDs and CDs, Vinyl LPs, Test preparation books, Jigsaw puzzles. www.westportlibrary.org, 203-291-4800.



    The next week begins Rare Book Week in NYC, opening with the ABAA Fair, 9-12 March, at the Park Ave Armory, 643 Park at 67th St, 10065. Opening night preview runs from 5-9, $50 includes one readmission, Friday 12-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5; $25 each day, or $40 for the run. There will be over 200 American and international dealers there, and as always they will have magnificent items, with equivalent prices. But it's certainly an education, and dealers often do bring items within the range of ordinary collectors. The list of dealers and other information is at www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com. Sanford Smith runs the show for the ABAA, info@sanfordsmith.com or 212-777-5218.


    Two satellite fairs piggyback on the big show, and they are on separate days this year. Friday, 10 March will see the NYC Book and Ephemera Fair, at the Wallace Hall of St Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave at 83rd St, from 8AM to 7PM. A free shuttle service will run all day, beginning at 7.45, between Wallace Hall and the Armory. About 50 dealers as of now, $15 admission. The hall is well laid out and well lighted, and the dealers will have a wide variety in all price ranges. Don't miss this one, and bring coffee when you come, an 11 hour show should leave dealers bleary eyed! Forget the coffee, maybe that's better for negotiating! Marvin Getman's Impact Events Group runs the fair, www.bookandpaperfairs.com, mgetman@antiqueandbookshows,com, or 781-862-4039.


    Opening the next day, 11 March, will be the second satellite, the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera and Fine Press Fair, at the Church of St Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Ave at 66th St, 10065, 10-5, $15 admission. This show is across the street from the back of the Armory so no shuttle will be needed. About 35 antiquarian dealers on the list, in addition to a good selection of fine presses. Again well laid out, the fine press folks are in one section and the antiquarians in the main area. An excellent selection of both merchandise and prices here as well. Flamingo Eventz runs this one, www.flamingoeventz.com or 603-509-2639.

    if you make it through the weekend you have a week to prepare for Ephemera 37, 18-19 March, at the Hyatt Regency, 1800 Putnam Ave, Old Greenwich, CT 06870. 10-5 Saturday, 11-4 Sunday, $15 two day admission, $8 Sunday only. I haven't counted the dealers but it doesn't matter, the hall will be full and the goodies abounding. Not a book fair per se, there will still be many books present, and if you haven't yet discovered the pleasures of ephemera this would be a great place to start. The Ephemera Society holds their annual conference concurrently, with a full schedule of events beginning on Friday, you can check the list at www.epemerasociety.org.   Marvin Getman's Impact Events Group runs this fair also, www.bookandpaperfairs.com, mgetman@antiqueandbookshows,com, or 781-862-4039.

    Finishing out the month will be Paper Town, at the newly renamed Boxborough Regency, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01709; exit28, I-495, 25 March, 9-3. Please note, this is the same building as always, if you found it once you can find it again, it has simply changed hands and been rechristened. This is a little bit of everything show, encouraging that approach and the participation of new venders by renting by the table, a much easier investment obstacle for a new dealer or for trying something new. $7 admission, you'll want to check the website closer to showtime for a list of dealers. Flamingo Eventz runs this one also, www.flamingoeventz.com or 603-509-2639.

    Don't know about you, but I'm tired, can't remember the last month with every weekend filled, and this one with multiples on the big weekend, all within reach rather than spreading across the geography. 

    Enjoy the beginning of spring!



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    Fellow collector Yu Xingang sent me three  bookplates images by Willy Pogany and wondered if I knew anything about him. Although I have several bookplates he designed I really did know anything about the artist . I have begun a checklist of his bookplates. If you have any not shown in this blog posting please  send a scan to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com and your images will be added to the checklist.
    "William Andrew ("Willy") Pogany (born Vilmos Andreas Pogány) (August 1882 – 30 July 1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children's books and others.  .] He is best known for his pen and ink drawings of myths and fables.] A large portion of Pogany's work is described as Art Nouveau. Pogany's artistic style is heavily fairy-tale orientated and often feature motifs of mythical animals such as nymphs and pixies."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Pogany
    
    
    The reason not much has been written about his bookplates is that he  was primarily  involved with book and magazine illustration and movie set design. Most of his bookplates were universal and were distributed by The Castle Co.Ltd.The only custom designed bookplate shown below was done for Anna May Wong
    
    



     Fania Marinoff was a Russian-born American actress.Wikipedia
    BornMarch 20, 1890, Odessa, Ukraine
    DiedNovember 17, 1971, Englewood, NJ
    SpouseAnatole France (m. 1914–1964)




    3/24.2017  Sent by Tom Boss


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  • 03/26/17--12:17: Goodbye Dear Friend
  • Richard Schimmelpfeng (July 13,1929-March 16,2017)

    Richard Schimmelfeng was a gentleman in every sense of the word.
    He was much more than a mentor  and a passionate collector of many things including  bookplates, glass paperweights and children's literature.He was one of the most centered people I have ever met .He gladly shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with friends and colleagues 
    Have a safe journey Richard, you will be missed.

    Lew Jaffe
    March 26,2017





    The Passing of Richard H. Schimmelpfeng


    It would be difficult to find someone more dedicated to the UConn Library’s Archives  and; Special Collections than Richard Schimmelpfeng. Perhaps it is because of the solid foundation he built beginning with the Special Collections Department after his arrival in 1966. But more likely it is because of his dedication to the collections after his retirement in 1992. Mr. Schimmelpfeng began volunteering in the Archives the day after his retirement and was a daily staple until his recent illness a few months ago. In a March, 2005 article he stated “I intend to continue as a volunteer until either I fall over, am dragged out, or told to quit,” he quips. “I figure I’ve got about 15 more years to go.” We estimate that he worked more than 15,000 volunteer hours over 20+ years. As Norman D. Stevens, Emeritus Director of the UConn Library says in his obituary below, “his fifty years of service to the University of Connecticut is perhaps unsurpassed.”
    Our sadness is beyond words. We will truly miss his knowledge and dedication, but mostly the smile he brought us every day.
    Richard H. Schimmelpfeng(7/13/1929-3/16/2017)
    The son of Harold W. and Rose Schimmelpfeng, Richard was predeceased by his brother Harold W., Jr. and is survived by his niece, Margaret R. Lilly, and nephew, William J. Reynolds, and five grandnieces and nephews.
    A graduate of the University of Illinois, with a triple major in English literature, history, and modern languages, and, in 1955, of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Library Science. He began his library career as a cataloger, rising to the head of the department, at Washington University in Saint Louis.
    In 1966 he joined the staff of the University of Connecticut Libraries to protect and preserve the library’s rare and unusual books and manuscript collections. He had become head of a somewhat larger and more formal Special Collections Department by the time he retired in 1992. The day after his retirement he began working as a volunteer in what had become the Archives and Special Collections Department, where he served as its principal cataloger until early 2017. His fifty years of service to the University of Connecticut is perhaps unsurpassed.
    During the course of his official appointment he oversaw an enormous growth of special and unusual archives, books, and other printed materials in a wide variety of fields. His own interest in collecting in many areas, led to the creation of a number of specialized collections including bookplates – he was an active member of the American Association of Book Plate Collectors and Designers – and the limited edition publications of major book designers.
    He was especially adept at giving his employees, including students, support and encouragement. That led, for example, to the establishment of one of the country’s strongest collections of Alternative Press materials that continues to grow as it documents the growth and development of the counter-culture movement that began in the late 1960’s and early 1970s. It also resulted in the publication of a multi-volume annotated edition of the manuscript materials of the noted American poet Charles Olson.
    He and his father shared an interest in collecting hand blown glass paperweights that Richard continued throughout his life. He was an active member of the New England Paperweight Association. Shortly before his death a few recent purchases joined The Schimmelpfeng Collection of Contemporary Glass Paperweight at the New Bedford Museum of Glass. His love of the visual arts extended to illustrated children’s books and he was an active participant of the American Book Collectors of Children’s Books (ABCs). He delighted in dressing up for a number of years as Clifford the Big Red Dog to entertain children and their parents at the annual Connecticut Children’s Book Fair at UConn.
    For many years he used his specialized knowledge of books to assist the Mansfield Public Library in identifying and pricing items donated to their regular book sales. He was himself an avid reader who especially enjoyed detective stories.
    He was also the Librarian and a member of the Executive Council of the Mansfield Historical Society from 1992 through 2016. He had begun his service to the MHS in 1982 when he indexed their scrapbook collection.
    Richard’s love of the visual arts and music contributed to his enjoyment of concerts and programs at UConn and his active support of those programs including the donation of visual materials to the Benton Museum of Art.
    In the fall of 2017 the Homer Babbidge Library at UConn will host an exhibit Glass Animals presented by the New Bedford Museum of Glass that will include a significant number of important pieces for which he had provided the funding. During that exhibit there will be a program to honor Richard and recognize his generous support of the University and the Mansfield community.
    Colleagues and friends may post a note on the guest book for his obituary at www.potterfuneralhome.com, or may wish to share with one another their reminisces of Richard through e-mails, cards, phone calls as well as small gatherings and/or postings on social media.
    Norman D. Stevens
    March 12, 2017

     In memory of a giant


    I have known Richard Schimmelpfeng for almost twenty years. A native Midwesterner, Richard settled in Storrs, Connecticut, walking distance from the library at UConn, where he worked and volunteered for decades.

    Our relationship consisted of long emails, the occasional phone call and a yearly get together extravaganza that became a classic: I used to spend my Thanksgiving long weekends in CT to celebrate at my in-laws house and the day after Thanksgiving Richard and I always made room in our agendas to spend the day together and share stories and anecdotes and a ton of prints, which exchanged hands at a very brisk pace.

    Richard had been collecting for forty plus years, prioritizing European prints from the twentieth century and amassing a collection second to none (especially for the bookplate literature). He helped the American Bookplate society for decades and shed light  many lesser known artists and prints. His knowledge went way past bookplates: he was a true collector (paper weights, art, music among other things).

    Richard did not like traveling and never attended bookplate congresses, the exception being the Boston one in 2000, but was nonetheless known within the ex libris world for his generosity, knowledge and availability.

    I ended up acquiring the Schimmelpfeng collection. Over the last two years Richard and I arranged for the massive transfer of his boxes. The last one occurred three months ago between Christmas and New Year, with Richard’s health already declining. I am proud and grateful to have had such an opportunity and will do my best to keep his legacy and collection intact and look forward to writing about it in depth.

    I will miss Richard . I think of him while browsing through boxes and coming across his unmistakable hand writing and artistic use of marbled papers. He was not only a librarian.a friend and  scholar but also a gifted teacher.



    Luigi Bergomi
    March 26,2017

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  • 03/27/17--20:11: Contest Reminder


  • Reminder The 10th anniversary Bookplatejunkie contest will be ending soon


    The contest is very simple .

     Create a caption about the image shown above in ten words or less.
    It can be serious or humorous.
    Onlyone entry per person 
    The entries must be received no later than Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Saturday April First

    I reserve the right to reject entries in poor taste (Highly Unlikely)
     The winner will receive a professionally bound hard  cover inscribed book  with all my blog postings for 2016.

    Send your Entries to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com



    What is the significance of the acanthus leaves?
    The symbolism and meaning associated with the Acanthus is that of enduring life, and the plant is traditionally displayed at funerary celebrations. In Christianity the thorny leaves represent pain, sin and punishment. Acanthus symbolizes immortality in Mediterranean countries.

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  • 04/09/17--15:25: Odds and Ends
  • And the winner is :


    I want to thank all the people who  entered the 10th anniversary contest. It was not easy selecting the best of the best.
    The winner is Don Hobbs. His submission was:
    How Can I Buy Books? I Can't Afford Pants

    I finally started listing bookplates on Ebay after a very long pause.
    My goal is to list 25 plates by the end of the day on Monday April 10th.
    Right now I have about 16 items listed and you can see them by going to 
    this link.
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/bookplatemaven/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1

    A longer post will be sent out on Monday.



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  • 04/16/17--09:25: More Bookplate Odds and Ends


  • Fellow collector/dealer Jeffrey Price sent me this information about a very special bookplate he recently framed in his Norwalk, Connecticut Studio.

    "This is what I look for in a bookplate, and how I like to present such special pieces. .

    Bookplate for Calvin Coolidge. Proof printing of the engraving by Timothy Cole. Signed by Timothy Cole and noted, 'this is the latest printed today.' Also signed by Calvin Coolidge. This print was formerly in the collection of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    The 'floating' presentation within a patriotic red mat with a decorative inner frame allows the complete print to be displayed with its full margins. The 'Stars and Stripes' design of the frame echoes the flag unfurled around the vignette of George Washington which crowns the plate.

    The hand-painted gold-leaf name-plate identifies the details of this fine work."
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    I am always pleased to receive emails from blog readers.
    Anna Jaffe sent me this information.

    "I ran into your website which caught my eye as a fellow Jaffe - who used to work at an antiquarian bookstore and designed a few bookplates for customers.
    Just for fun, here's a bookplate I bought years ago (hairy guy), plus 2 of my own designs".


    "As to my bookplates, I worked for over a decade at an antiquarian bookstore in The Hague (proprietor Bob Loose, now sadly deceased). We had various steady customers who collected specific subjects, as one does. I originally studied Industrial Design and like being crafty, so I'd ask if they'd be interested in a personalized bookplate or stamp, as I love making them. Animals seemed to be the most frequent. I think I've done ants, monkeys, snails, snakes, owls, "levenstrap" (life phases pictured on stairsteps), tiger and probably more. There's something about expressing yourself in a restricted space that I really enjoy."


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    Many Mystery Bookplates
    I purchased a large collection several weeks ago and it includes many bookplates   about which I know very little . Here are two examples.

    A rebus bookplate which may be in Spanish.
    Have fun with this one. I can use some help.

    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com




    It would be nice if this was Fidel Castro's bookplate. I suspect it is a tribute plate made to honor him.The collector whose contact information is printed on the verso  shows up on Google at the same address with a telephone number. Unfortunately the telephone number is no longer  working.



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    Fellow collector David Wilton sent the following information about his new bookplate.

    "The bookplate is engraved from an original artwork, a watercolor, by Graham Redgrave Rust.


    The house shown is The Firs in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. The Firs was built in 1922 to a design by the well known architect George Howe of Mellor, Meigs and Howe. It is a scaled-down variation on its neighbor,  Howe's own house High Hollow.


    The arms at the top and the circular badge in the bottom right of the cartouche are my family's. My initials are in the circle in the base.


    The bookplate was engraved and printed by Book Arts in Washington DC on acid-free pre-gummed paper. The idea was to capture the feel of the watercolor, which I think they have achieved."

    Note from Lew -The bookplate has a thin blue line border which the scanner does not show properly.
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    A new contest was hatched this morning.

    My Goodness - Two contests in one year. I am on a roll.
    Alice L. Salzmann's bookplate was designed in 1905 by A.H.B (artist unknown)
    She was an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society .

    The contest is easy.
     Just create a caption for her bookplate ,shown below.

    The rules are simple .
    Only one submission per person
    The judges (Lew and Mary Jaffe) will delete any submissions in poor taste.
    All submissions must be received by Midnight (E.S.T) May 30,2017 

    The winner will receive a copy of John Grisham's upcoming new thriller about the antiquarian book trade , Camino Island
    http://www.jgrisham.com/heist-thriller-camino-island-to-publish-june-6/

    Send your submissions to
     Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com




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    The Birth of a Rabbit Bookplate
    I have always wanted a rabbit bookplate so I asked Daniel Mitsui to
     create one for me  and track its progress from start to finish.
    
    






    
    
    
    

    I am very pleased with this project and will get the bookplates printed as soon as I receive the completed art work

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    Notes From Lew

    A group of rabbits is known as a colony, or nest (and occasionally a warren, though this more commonly refers to where the rabbits live). A group of young rabbits with the same parentage is referred to as a litter, and a group of domestic rabbits is sometimes called a herd.

    Rabbit - Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit
    In 2011 I ran a three part series of blogs about Rabbit Bookplates
    They still make me smile.


    http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-herd-of-rabbits-part-one.html

    http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-herd-of-rabbits-part-2.html

    http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-herd-of-rabbits-part-three.html

    5/18/2017
    Rabbit Owner Nancy McClelland sent this additional information.

    Cool.  I was told that a conglomeration of bunnies like the "Rabbit Island" pic can be called a Fluffle--sounded strange but appropriate to me.
    Here are a few recent additions to my rabbit collection.
    If you would like your rabbit bookplate added to this posting send a scan to
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com



    The Clock is Ticking.



    My Goodness - Two contests in one year. I am on a roll.
    Alice L. Salzmann's bookplate was designed in 1905 by A.H.B (artist unknown)
    She was an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society .

    The contest is easy.
     Just create a caption for her bookplate ,shown below.

    The rules are simple .
    Only one submission per person
    The judges (Lew and Mary Jaffe) will delete any submissions in poor taste.



    All submissions must be received by Midnight (E.S.T) May 30,2017 



    The winner will receive a copy of John Grisham's upcoming new thriller about the antiquarian book trade , Camino Island


    http://www.jgrisham.com/heist-thriller-camino-island-to-publish-june-6/
    Send your submissions to
     Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com










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    Sometimes it is difficult to come up with new blog postings each week which is why I am  always pleased to publish submissions from friends.
    Fellow collector Jeffrey Price sent me this breaking news about a recent sale of an unpublished bookplate  by Robert Crumb.
    Note From Lew
    Personally, if I wanted to spend $7000.00 + for a bookplate  I would look for one from George Washington's library.
    Here is a universal bookplate by Crumb which shows up on Ebay from time to time.
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    Over at Bookplate Ink Karen Gardner has been writing a fascinating blog focusing on bookplates ordered by notable people , bookplates for special events and trips to exotic places.
    http://shop.bookplateink.com/blog/
    
    
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    If you wish to see the finest selection of 18th century American bookplates, documents and ephemera  a trip to the American Antiquarian should be on your bucket list.
    In any event bookmark this link. It will take three lifetimes to carefully read all the bookplate articles. In the interest of full disclosure I have barely scratched the surface .
    http://www.americanantiquarian.org/search/gss/bookplates
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    California bookplates are one of the many areas I focus on.
    It is particularly gratifying to find a California artist not mentioned in the
    standard reference books.

    Walter Barron Currier (1874-1934)

    "Walter Barron Currier, a painter, craftsman, bookbinder ,illustrator, printmaker, and etcher, was born in Springville, Massachusetts on May 3, 1879. After his education at Brown and Cornell universities, he studied art with Arthur Dow, Eben Comins, and Kenyon Cox. By 1913 he had settled in Los Angeles. He was at one time the head of the art department of Lincoln High School there and in 1926 established the Currier Creative Art School in Santa Monica. He died there on January 11, 1934. Member: Laguna Beach Art Ass'n; California Art Club; California  Society; Santa Monica Art Ass'n; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles. Exhibited: Printmakers of Los Angeles, 1916; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1920; San Diego FA Gallery, 1920; Berkeley League of Fine Arts, 1925. Works held: Lincoln High School (Los Angeles); Exposition Park Galleries, (Los Angeles); Cecil B. DeMille Home for Girls (Hollywood)"

    I currently have the artist's own bookplate. If you have any others he designed please send a scan to 
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com


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  • 05/29/17--09:46: Bookplate News and Events
  • Fellow book and bookplate collector Jerry Morris send me  his new bookplate and I asked him to send me a brief description. Here is his response.

    Back in February 2013, I wrote a blog post 
    On Selecting a Bookplate For My Library .
     Recently, I asked a friend to make two copies of Bookplate #4 for me.  I was donating two books, Four Oaks Farm and Four Oaks Library, from my Mary Hyde Collection for the silent auction at the upcoming Florida Bibliophile Society Banquet in May, and I wanted to paste the bookplates in them.
    This friend, Charles Brown, the President of the Florida Bibliophile Society, makes exquisite bookplates for our guest speakers; but instead of merely making copies of my bookplate, Charles improved upon it .
    I liked it so much that I had 100 copies made for the other books in my Mary Hyde Collection.

    Jerry Morris

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    Piggy Go Fetch My Book
    Shown above is one of my favorite plates by William Fowler Hopson
    If you are near New Haven Connecticut before October 6th you should
    visit the Hopson Exhibit at Yale.

    " From his home on New Haven’s Whitney Avenue, William Fowler Hopson catered to a growing marketplace that sought out individualized, personal bookplates. Hopson’s process realizing his 201 bookplate commissions—preserved in correspondence, sketches, and corrected trial proofs—demonstrates his commitment to encapsulating his patrons’ identities.
    This exhibition in the Sterling Memorial Library exhibits corridor, features Hopson’s artistic materials and personal papers, part of the Yale Bookplate Collection and Yale’s Manuscripts and Archives, to elucidate the process of inventing, negotiating, and printing bookplate designs in their golden age. Ultimately, Hopson’s clients commissioned bookplates with artistic representations that were emblematic of their familial, personal, and communal contributions. By tracing the claims made through these commissions, we gain unique insight into some of the social standards and aspirations at the turn of the twentieth century in America."
    http://web.library.yale.edu/news/2017/05/constructing-pictorial-identity-bookplates-golden-age
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    DON'T Procrastinate
    The contest is almost over

    The contest is easy.
     Just create a caption for the bookplate ,shown below.




    The rules are simple .

    Only one submission per person
    The judges (Lew and Mary Jaffe) will delete any submissions in poor taste.



    All submissions must be received by Midnight (E.S.T) May 30,2017 



    The winner will receive a copy of John Grisham's upcoming new thriller about the antiquarian book trade , Camino Island




    http://www.jgrisham.com/heist-thriller-camino-island-to-publish-june-6/

    Send Your Submissions to
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

    
    

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    "Be on the lookout for a train with 10 subway cars that have been covered in bright blue, purple, green, orange and yellow.
    The train — which is alternating between the E and F lines in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens — is decorated with the words “SUBWAY LIBRARY.”
    Inside those 10 cars, the seats resemble books on a shelf.
    Beginning today, the Subway Library will offer commuters six weeks of free downloadable books from the city’s public libraries.
    But you don’t need to be in a library car to take advantage. When you enter a subway station, connect to the Transit Wireless WiFi network available at all underground stations. When you’ve logged on, you’ll see a prompt for SubwayLibrary.com, and — voilà — you can start browsing and downloading books, short stories, chapters and excerpts donated by publishers to the New York Public Library. The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transit Wireless created the project.
    “It used to be that you were ‘unplugged’ on the subway, and even though you’re connecting to the wireless now, you’ll still have the sense of being unplugged when reading books,” said Lynn Lobash, manager of reader services for the New York Public Library. “It’s a lot different than the frantic sense of checking your email or being on Twitter.”
    You’ll find short reads curated for the quick commutes, and long reads for the farther destinations or delayed rides. You can explore New York stories, children’s titles, young-adult novels or new releases in the “New and Noteworthy” category."CC "

    This article was copied from The New York Times 6/9/2017
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/nyregion/new-york-today-subway-library-mta-nypl-frank-lloyd-wright.html
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    Note From Lew- What an innovative , thoughtful idea.
    Hopefully other cities will offer similar services , maybe some will even have "real books" Personally I would be pleased to pay an extra fare to ride in a library car with real books and a librarian.
    If you are so inclined  send this on to your local transit system. 
     I am going to send a copy of this posting to the marketing director at Amazon. It seems like it would be a win -win no brainer for them.

     In the golden era of railroad transportation library cars flourished.
    Here are two examples of bookplates used in railroad cars.
    "The Atalanta was a private  railroad car built  for Jay Gould, a noted financier and owner of several railroads. It was built in 1888 to Gould's specifications and was named the "Atalanta". The car had four staterooms, two observation rooms, two baths, an office, a kitchen, a dining area, and a butler's pantry. Only the finest materials were used. Upon Gould's death, ownership of the car fell to his son George Jay Gould who was also a railroad president. The car remained in the Gould family until the 1930s. It was then used as a private residence during the Texas oil boom until finally coming to Jefferson Hotel in 1954. Today it is a tourist attraction in Jefferson Texas". 
    I suspect the bookplate was designed in the 1930s.

    In 1901 The Alton Road (railroad) hired J.W.Spenceley to engrave the bookplate shown above.
    In writing about this subject in the Journal Of Library History (vol15,No.4) Phillip Metzger mentions that During the 1850's and 1860's , railroads began heavy competition for first class passengers and that the development of the "vestibule" or flexible covered connection between cars made it safe for passengers to move about the train. Railroads began attaching parlor cars to their crack trains and the parlor car shortly thereafter became the " library -buffet smoker car".
    "The Chicago and Alton(C&A) traced it's roots back to 1846, eventually developing a triangular route between Chicago, St . Louis, and Kansas City.The C& A also carried President Lincoln's body on the final leg of it's journey to Springfield. In 1900 The Alton Limited was probably the premier train of the ten or eleven the C&A ran daily, leaving Chicago every morning at 11 A.M. and arriving in St. Louis at 4:30 P.M."
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    If you plan to be in New Zealand before July 5th you might wish to see this bookplate exhibit.
    http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2017/ex-libris--art-for-bibliophiles-features-in-uc-exhibition.html

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    Links worth Perusing

    The American Antiquarian Society has an Instagram site .
    Lots of interesting bookplates I've never seen before.
    You can view it on your computer.

     https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/aasbookplates/

    The Luna Image Collection from Washington University in St. Louis should be bookmarked. It is an excellent digital bookplate resource.
    http://luna.wustl.edu:8180/luna/servlet/view/all/who/os/950/what/Bookplates/when/n.d.?sort=Title%252CCreator_Name%252CObject_Typ

    Three Mystery Bookplates
    Send your Mystery Bookplate scans and answers to inquiries to
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com



    Hi Lew -

    Thanks for getting back to me and offering to help me sort this out -- I would be most grateful if you were to post something on your blog or otherwise point me in the right direction. (However limited your knowledge of Russian bookplates may be, I can assure you that mine is far more limited!)
    This is what I have figured out so far...

    The translation says:

    "From the books of Б. М. Тенин." 

    The foreground graphic is obviously Shakespeare's portrait with  a quote from Hamlet, Act 1 scene 5, lines 190-1: 
    "The time is out of joint. O cursèd spite / That ever I was born to set it right!"

    From what I have gleaned, Boris Mihaylovich Tenin (Б. М. Тенин) was a famous Soviet actor born in 1905. In addition to his work on stage, film, and television, he was quite a bibliophile and collected bookplates. I found -- and have attached -- a picture of Tenin in his library, with what appear to be some bookplate designs, one of which also seems to have Shakespeare's portrait. I can't read Russian, so I have no idea what the text says. I've asked my daughter, who is more adept with computers and research, to try to figure it out.

    As for this particular bookplate, I have no idea who the artist that designed (and signed) it is, nor where this particular bookplate came from. It was given to my daughter as a gift over a decade ago. Any help or advice you can give would be most appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Susan


    Hi Lew,
              Any idea who this artist may be? LBM are the initials but I have no idea.

                             Best,

                                 Tom

    I suspect this was an honorarium plate for Fidel Castro. It may be a Russian Plate.  Your input would be appreciated. Thanks,
    Lew



    Recent Additions To My Collection

    Send scans of  recent additions to your collection to
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

    In 1945 Ernest Morgan , the president of Antioch Bookplate Co. sent this letter to
    Louis Henry Cohn , the owner of House of Books Ltd. in New York City.

    Here is one of the Lynd Ward Proofs

    By way of comparison shown below is one of the printed bookplates.




    Here is another proof

    Lewis Henry Cohn's bookplate was designed by his friend Ernest Hemingway

    "Ernest Hemingway,
    autograph inscription and bookplate [n.d.]
    Original autograph text by Ernest Hemingway used for design of a Cohn bookplate, includes autograph notes on scale and line cut for the printed bookplate. The Hemingway autograph was written on the verso of Hotel Brevoort (New York) stationery."

    http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/hemngway/cohn.htm
    
    

    I got the Lockett plate on Ebay. It just strikes my fancy.



    
    

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  • 07/10/17--06:00: More Recent Arrivals
  • Jeffrey Price has a new wood block bookplate engraved by Andy English.
    I asked him to write something about his new plate and this is his response:

    It started with the idea of  referencing M. C. Escher’s artwork and including my own Latin motto. I enjoy the phrase ‘Seek the Extraordinary,’  and the closest Latin translation of that is ‘Quaerite Singulari.’ I used ‘Ex Collectione’ rather than ‘Ex Libris’ for flexibility, thinking that I may put it on the back of a picture from my gallery, a book from my collection, or perhaps exchange it with other collectors..
         Both Andy and I are fans of Escher’s work, especially his 1931 series of  woodcuts titled ‘XXIV Emblemata.’ Emblemata prints have a history going back hundreds of years. Their function was to educate by illustrating a moral lesson or motto with a memorable picture, often created in woodcut. The design Andy created has its roots in an Emblemata print of a sundial, in which the transience of time is shown by a passing shadow. But a fortune-teller’s crystal ball sees the future, and I am indebted to good fortune. 

    Andy even crafted a reflection of Artists’ Market in this sphere, and you can even make out the number 163 of our address in the image. The tiles are engraved like Escher’s, and the garden is 100% Andy English. Andy cut his initials into the block in Escher’s style, tying  everything together quite neatly.

    Jeffrey Price                                     


    Artists' Market Inc.
    The Artists' Bookplate Museum
    163 Main Street
    Norwalk, CT 06851 USA                   
    203.846.2550
    =====================================

    Here are a few recent additions to my collection


    By way of explanation I purchase bookplates that fit into themes that have  some weird appeal to me.

                           Severed Heads

    For quite some time I have been fascinated by bookplates with severed heads and exposed brain matter. I call it my Donovan's Brain collection.
    If you are turned off by this topic do not click onto this memorable link from the movie
      Underwater awakening

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrVc_8vbZP8

    If you want similar bookplates from your own collection added to this posting send jpeg scans to
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

    This bookplate was designed by Roberto Buonacconsi
    I see no artist's signature on this plate but the previous owner noted that it was done by Pavel Simon
    This bookplate shown above is a gift from fellow collector James Keenan.
    It was etched by Matthew Collins

    Okay, this is not a bookplate. It is a magazine cover which reflects my own fears about our current president - his misguided , and very muddled mindset.
    As a nation we survived the civil war , two world wars and the great depression
     Hopefully we will also survive this very sad turn of events .


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  • 07/18/17--15:51: Two Dumpster Tales
  • New York Times Obituary for Frederick C. Blank -1942
    Mr. Blank's bookplate from The Richard Schimmelpfeng Collection

    The One That Got Away

    I am not exactly sure exactly what year I became infected with bookplaticitis. I assume it was in the early 1980's. 
    By then Frederick Charles Blank had been dead around forty years.
    At the time I was selling advertising space for a trade publication so I was a firm believer in the power of advertising. I placed an ad  in The Antique Trader  and was quickly contacted by a dealer who had about six hundred items relating to Mr. Blank . They included correspondence between him and King Gillette about a proposed bookplate. along with sketches.
    The dealer explained that a picker found the items in a dumpster and the asking price was $125.00. Unfortunately, I had no idea who Charles F. Blank was and I declined the offer. Several days later I found out that I made a big mistake and contacted the dealer. You guessed it. By then the lot had been sold.

    The One That Didn't Get Away

    In 2010 a real estate broker called to tell me that he sold a house in which a bookplate collection had been stored in the attic.The new owner threw everything into a dumpster and the broker contacted me.
    I bought the collection from him  without hesitation. The most significant item in the collection was this Charlie Chaplin bookplate.

    Here is a detailed inventory of the collection. The original owner was Katherine C. Bartholomew.
    http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com/search?q=katherine+bartholomew

    =========================================================
    Mystery Bookplates


    Dear Mr. Jaffe,


    I received an inquiry regarding the bookplate of Robert Hoe, and your name was referred to me as someone who might be able to proffer some assistance or opinions. 

    One of our members recently acquired a book bearing the blue bookplate of Robert Hoe, which differs from (but is quite similar to) his red bookplate.  The red bookplate I am familiar with, but the blue one I have never seen before.  The question is, do you know if the blue bookplate is a variant of the red, or if it could be the bookplate of his son, Robert Hoe III?

    I have attached photographs of both bookplates herewith.  Any thoughts you might have on the matter would be greatly appreciated.


    With my best regards,


    Sophia


    Sophia Dahab, MLIS

    Assistant Librarian

    The Grolier Club

    47 East 60th Street

    New York, NY 10022

    Phone: 212-838-6690




    This title page was sent by Tom Boss .

    7/19/2017 Fellow collector  Richard Cady  sent the following message:

     I think both your plates are Robert Hoe's.

    Grolier Club members at around the turn of the century often had their leather bookplates printed in varying colored leathers as well as on paper.  And there are some design variants.  I have three Hoe plates - one reddish, one brown, one blue. In my own collection Cortland Bishop had at least three - green, red and blue.  William L. Clements four, Barton Currie two, Ernest Gee two, Frank Hogan five, Pierpont Morgan two, W. Van R. Whitall two, John Camp Williams three (diamond shaped), and assume this is just the tip of the iceberg.  RHC
    =========================================================

    Hats off to Stephen Fowler, owner of The Monkey Paw Bookshop in Toronto
    In this day of diminishing antiquarian book shops Mr. Fowler figured out a way to
    get customers from all over the world .
    http://www.monkeyspaw.com/the-biblio-mat/


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  • 08/01/17--07:30: The Wonders of the Internet
  • Shortly after I wrote about Charles Frederick Blank I received this email.

    Lew....

    Hello.... enjoyed your blog on bookplates..in particular the obit. for Charles Blank and the Blank signed Bookplate proof....

    I am a barbershop collector and have in my collection the original art work grouping leading to the bookplate.
    However I still have yet to find an actual bookplate... 

    So in the event you ever run across another of these plates I would be interested in acquiring it... I even talked with Charles Blanks grandson in hopes of getting one from him..but he would not sell his extra plate.

    Thanks,
    Chief Mike
    407-496-5319


    a little about me..
    http://www.peachridgeglass.com/2012/05/chief-mike-barber-shop-art-collectables/

    Shaving Kit engraved by Charles F. Blank
    =========================================================I
    Note from Lew
     I contacted Spencer Frazee Charles Blank's great grandson and he was very helpful in sharing information with me.
    He has  an excellent Face Book page with many images of bookplates.
    https://www.facebook.com/Frederick.Charles.Blank/
    
    
    He also sent this scanned photo of his great grand father.
    Charles Blank

    An email from Spencer Frazee

    
    
    Lew, 



    This may be interesting to you.  
    Frederick C. Blank is buried less than 2 miles from my house in
    Rockville, CT.  I actually live in Tolland, CT, but it's still less than
    2 miles away.  I've since bleached his stone and tidied up the
    grave site.  Link below includes photos and a little background.
     https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Blank&GSfn=Frederick&GSmn=C&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=8&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=33592625&df=all&

    Mystery Bookplate

    If you recognize this bookplate please contact me.
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

    Hi,

    I saw your awesome blog and thought you might like to see this do you know anything about Shoji?

    .PS. it is in a 1936 book on Japanese woodblock prints by P. Neville Barnett which is also cool.

    Thanks!
    Sean Blanchet

    =====================================================================================

    The Smithsonian has a very impressive digitized research tool.
    Here is the link for bookplates.  This site should be bookmarked.



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    Two Mystery  Bookplates

    Fellow Collector Tom Boss Has sent two bookplates engraved  by F.B. 
    Does anyone out there recognize this artist ? 
    Send your response to
     TGBoss @gmail.com
    =======================================================================

    Judaica Bookplates for possible Exchange

    I've been trying to get my duplicates organized but it is challenging because I've got the clutter gene.
    If you have any Judaica bookplates for possible exchange send jpeg scans to 
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

    I'll be back in several days with bookplates of notable people for possible exchange.


     


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    I am going to attend the fourth annual Brooklyn book show.( Sept 8-10)
    If you are in or near Brooklyn and have bookplates for sale or trade please send me an email.
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

    This is an exceptionally well run show  and at least two dealers  Tom Boss and Richard Thorner will be bringing bookplates.
    Here is their contact information.


    Here is a link with detailed information about the show
    https://www.brooklynbookfair.com/
    
    
    ============================================================================================

    Fellow Collector Anthony Pincott sent me this information about the Emma Toedteberg Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

    With a little advance planning you can go to the show and visit the  Historical Society also.



    http://www.brooklynhistory.org/
    Call Number: 2012.004
    Extent: 23.5 Linear feet, in 48 manuscript boxes.
    The Emma Toedteberg Bookplate collection, spanning from 1701 to 1982, was the bookplate collection of long-time Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) librarian Emma Toedteberg (1856-1936). The collection was originally created by Miss Toedteberg’s father, Augustus Toedteberg (1824-1909), and later expanded by BHS librarians. The present collection numbers over 7,000 bookplates ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, including armorial, heraldic and presentation bookplates of individuals and institutions. Works of numerous engravers are represented such as Edwin Davis French, Charles W. Sherborn and John W. Evans.
    ======================================================================

    Fellow collector Luigi Bergomi  has listed over two hundred bookplates on Ebay this week.. His seller name is Olindo.

    To be continued on Monday 9/4
    
    

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    Yesterday I wrote about the Brooklyn Book Show.
    This morning I received this Email from Cara Schlesinger  owner of the Faenwyl Bindery

    "I hope to see you this weekend at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, at Brooklyn's Expo Center in Greenpoint!
    Do you have a book in need of special care - - repair or a protective slipcase or clamshell box? I'd be glad to talk with you about it at the fair. If you'd like to bring the book with you, please call me from the door at (917) 414-4575 and I'll come to walk you in.
    I have a few passes for complimentary entry available for people who'd like a consultation - - reply to this email to let me know you're interested! "

    Cara Schlesinger, Faenwyl Bindery

    www.faenwyl.com

    Here are some Brooklyn bookplates  from my collection.


    Kurt Zimmerman recently mentioned Dr Purple in his book collecting blog 
    http://www.bookcollectinghistory.com/search?q=dr+purple
    
    
    
    
    I wrote about Emma Toedteberg in yesterday's blog posting.
    This bookplate was engraved by E.D. French

    The Pratt Institute has an excellent bookplate collection which can be viewed by following this link
    .
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/34900073@N07/sets/72157613160345964/

    Mystery Brooklyn Bookplate

    The artist's initial's are FB.Does anyone out there know who that might be ?By the way , if you have any Brooklyn bookplates send a scan to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com and I will add them to my next blog posting.



    
    
    
    

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    Support your local Book Seller
    I  never run paid advertising but I am always pleased to promote book shows, Book Sales and  Booksellers .It is tough out there in the real world if you are running an independent bookstore.

    Here are  two noteworthy announcements

    I received this email from Curtis Kise the owner of Neighborhood Books after I visited his store and complimented him on the attractive and reasonably priced framed bookplates he had for sale.




    Lew
    We are selling the framed bookplates for $5.95 - $8,95
     Loose or unframed ones are $1 each or 3 for $2, .
    The exceptional ones range from $2 - $5 each.

    The store is open seven days a week, 11am to 6pm, closed major holidays (next is Thanksgiving). We are located at 1906 South St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19146, 

     Our phone number is 215-545-BOOK

     email is       neighborhoodbooks215@gmail.com.


    Thanks for doing this for us! - Curtis

    Support The Bookplate Society

    A new collector asked me yesterday why he should join The Bookplate Society


    http://www.bookplatesociety.org/

    
    
    
    
    My response was Trust Me. Do It.

    Perhaps I was too brusque so I will elaborate.
    The Bookplate Society publishes well researched and profusely illustrated books about bookplates.
    I use them frequently.In addition , most members go out of their way to assist me when I have questions about heraldry.Beyond that the member's bookplate auctions provide an opportunity to buy  items for your collection.
    This book is currently available to non-members.

    Price is £24 which is $31  and for a 1kg parcel Royal Mail quote £13.50, in other words $17.25, which I find grim but ipost and MyHermes are still more expensive.  So a total of $48.25 to non-members living outside the EU.


    Item Description: The Bookplate Society, London, 2016. Soft cover. 199p. Publishers stiff wrapper. A biographical descriptions of 22 families and their bookplates with 249 black & white illustrations and an Appendix.

     Send Orders to:  members@bookplatesociety.org


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    This is  an email interview I recently had  with Daniel Mitsui.

    My questions are highlighted in blue and his responses are in black.


    Daniel Mitsui

    In ten years you have become the most prolific living American bookplate designer.

    How many bookplates have you completed and how many are you currently working on ?

    I do not keep perfect records of the things I draw, so I do not know exactly how many bookplates I have designed. Probably eighty or ninety.

    Bookplate commissions are not steady; some years I only draw a couple, and in other years I draw a dozen. I suppose this is because I do not actively seek out bookplate commissions, but let inquiries about them come to me. This means that most of the commissions I undertake are from people who are really enthusiastic about the bookplate and have a distinct idea about what they want on it, which is helpful.

    At the moment, I have two bookplate commissions secured, and I am discussing four others that I expect will be secured soon. There is a real thematic variety in these - one is to be in a medieval Irish style, one to make visual references to old movies (Cleopatra and The Seventh Seal), one to take its inspiration from M.C. Escher and the Borges short story The Library of Babel. None of the bookplates are in the drawing stage yet, but I will probably put pen to paper for at least one in the coming week. 

    Of all those bookplates which was the most challenging ?

    It would be easier for me to say which are the least challenging.

    Ornament has always been one of my artistic strengths; millefleur patterns, Celtic knots and fanciful lettering are the sort of things that I draw well without much effort. Some of the bookplates that I have drawn featuring these are, I think, among my most impressive - but they were not especially challenging. When not drawing bookplates, my specialty is medieval religious art, so the many bookplates that I have drawn featuring patron saints or heraldry were not especially difficult to realize either. Neither were those that take inspiration from biological illustration, as this is a minor specialty of mine.

    I suppose the most difficult bookplates for me to draw are those that require me to adopt a style or subject totally different from what I normally draw. One reason I like bookplate commissions so much is that they require me, on occasion, to stretch myself creatively. For example, the John T. Barfield bookplate. This is not especially complicated in its design, but the patron wanted a Classical ornamental style and a landscape with a recognizable tree and house. These are the sort of things that I almost never draw.

    The Kathy Tapia bookplate required me to draw a scene with dramatic foreshortening, totally unlike the perspectival space of medieval art. My wife posed for that one, on top of a stack of our own books. If you look closely, you can make out The Origin of the Serif and The Second Book of Negro Spirituals. I think the big open one is Dryden's translation of The Aeneid.

    The Leonora Janisheski bookplate might also be the answer to your question, because the subjects are so outlandish to me: the Rietveld Schröder house (a famous work of Bauhaus architecture), Valeska Gert (an avant-garde dancer) and lemurs. When otherwise would I draw something like this?  Somehow, I was able to fit some medieval lettering and millefleur into it.

    Of all those bookplates do you have one that you are particularly proud of ?

    I think that the Renata Rua bookplate turned out very well; this depicts an Irish saint, Gobnait, in a style that is like that of early medieval manuscripts, but with some subtle influences from Utagawa Kuniyoshi and sangaku tablets. Medieval art was always accepting of international influences, so I think that this sort of approach is in its right spirit, even though the monks at Kells obviously knew nothing of Japanese culture!

    I am very fond of the bookplate I drew for the maritime library of the Acania, which depicts the ship surrounded by a border of seashells and aquatic invertebrates. It's simple but very balanced. I'm not sure what exactly I did right there.

    Andrew Lohrum's is a personal favorite, because of its especially clever choice of subject. I cannot take credit for that; the patron told me exactly what he wanted. It depicts an episode from the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He founded a religious order whose members are committed to complete poverty; they beg for sustenance, and cannot own personal property. Here, a novice has asked him permission to own a breviary, which is a book of daily prayers that all priests and monks and mendicants recite. St. Francis responds by rubbing ashes on his head, saying I am a breviary! I am a breviary! to demonstrate the vanity of wanting to own books.


    You have created   ephemeral items like calling cards, greeting cards a
    label for a musical instrument etc.

    Can you put together a complete list with as many scans as possible?



    I've never kept anything like a complete list for small miscellaneous projects like these, but here are some of the examples I found:

    Bookmarks - John and June Mellman, Bloody Candlestick Mystery Bookshop

    Business cards - Bloody Candlestick Mystery Bookshop (2), Bruno Cicconi, Donald Lambert, Stephanie Sheffield


    Calling cards - Nicole Cuadra

    Invitations - Clerical Tonsure, Pace Wedding



    Luthier label - Miles Mibeck

    Coats of arms - Bishop Joseph Perry, Shane Pliska

    Note From Lew

    If you would like to see more of Daniel Mitsui's artwork here is a link to his website

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  • 10/22/17--13:07: Odds and Ends
  •  Occasionally I examine  the page views for this blog by   country .
    This is an analysis of the last thirty days.Surprisingly the U.K. is much lower than usual and I have no idea why the French readership has dramatically increased.
    China is not shown because of its pissing contest with Google.

    Entry Pageviews
    United States
    3313
    France
    1274
    Spain
    403
    United Kingdom
    398
    Russia
    367
    United Arab Emirates
    305
    Portugal
    189
    Brazil
    162
    Netherlands
    147
    Germany
    135

    From the why  did I  buy this bookplate collection

    I spotted this bookplate in  Indiana Bookplates by Esther Griffin White.
    It is also mentioned here.
    http://pastispresent.org/2016/fun-in-the-archive/boo-bookplates/
    "The railroad executive, doctor, and book collector Frank  Graef Darlington of Indianapolis, ordered a bookplate design from Frank  S. Bowers, the famous cartoonist for the Indianapolis News. Bowers crammed in references to all of  Darlington’s passions (engineering, mining, MIT) and surrounded a  leering skeleton with a python border. Darlington struggled with health  issues most of his adult life (suffering a debilitating  stroke at age thirty-seven) and apparently had a wry sense of his own  mortality. A fellow bibliophile commented that this particular bookplate  was appropriate for Darlington as it held a “hideous and inexplicable  fascination."

    Email  from blog readers

    Fellow Collector  Ben  Zeckel sent this email

    Hi Lew,

    I wonder if you might have any ideas on how to approach researching the identity of the plate attached - ex libris et musicis Dr. Norbert Rossa by Ludwig Hesshaimer 1933

    Thanks for any advice you can offer.

    Ben
    Note From Lew
    Here is some information about the artist.

    http://www.malariastamps.com/exhibits/exhibits_images/Spille_Ludwig/Ludwig08-08.pdf
    
    
    Can anyone out there identify Dr. Norbert Rossa ?
    Please send your responses to
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com 
    ============================================================


    Paul Cymrot a bookseller in Washington D.C. and Fredericksburg,Va, sent

    the following emails


    http://www.riverbybooks.com/


    Good morning, 



    I have stumbled onto your fascinating blog this morning
    while researching an early and interesting bookplate. I wonder if you
    might be able to help me learn a little bit more about it. 






    It’s small and plain, about 2” x 2.5”, with decorative border, name and address.






    The address is 266 Arch St, Philadelphia, which of course
    is an important central location, & just around the corner from
    Franklin’s print shop.






    The book is in a copy of Jefferson’s Notes (London 1787)
    bound with the 1800 (Philadelphia-printed) appendix, printed by another
    Philadelphia printed, Samuel H. Smith.


    Before long he sent additional information about Mr.Priestman

     Priestman was an English merchant and resident of Baltimore. He is best remembered for amassing a remarkable library and for running afoul of the early US import regulations, resulting in a Supreme Court ruling (against him) and eventual pardon from President Thomas Jefferson.



    In 1798 Priestman imported 219 watches from England, paid import tax in Baltimore, and then transported the watches the Philadelphia. Upon arriving in Philadelphia, he failed to report the watches to Philadelphia customs officials. Instead, he set up a stall to sell them -- right next door to the Custom House. Customs inspector Sharp Delany promptly seized them. Priestman sued for their return, but Pennsylvania courts and eventually the Supreme Court both ruled against him. Priestman continued to fight for the return of his watches, “Two hundred and three silver watches, three gold ditto, two enamelled ditto, two hunting ditto, and seven pinchback ditto…” (from Jan 22, 1798 report written by Sharp Delany, in American State Papers, volume 9) through the final years of the Adams administration. In so doing, he contributed money to Thomas Jefferson’s Republicans -- and in 1801, the same year Jefferson assumed the presidency -- Customs inspector Sharp Delany was fired, Priestman was pardoned, and Jefferson ordered the watches returned to him.


    According to contemporary assessments, the watches were worth $3,385, which was a fortune at the time.


    Priestman’s address (on the bookplate) is 266 Arch Street. The house still stands (there is a Starbucks there). It is at the corner of Arch and N. 3rd Street, directly across the street from Betsy Ross’s house & just around the corner from Benjamin Franklin’s house & printing press. 4.5 blocks to Independence Hall. It is a remarkably prominent location & its proximity to Franklin’s Press raises the question of whether the bookplate might have been printed there. Despite proximity to Franklin’s shop, it’s also worth noting that the Appendix was printed by Samuel H. Smith, another Philadelphia printer & particular friend of Thomas Jefferson. Since it was Smith who published the Appendix & likely bound the two together, it seems more likely that it was Smith who made the bookplate. I have not yet been able to find matching examples of either Smith or Franklin bookplates.


    Other Priestman bookplates (mentioned in online listings) give his address at Market and 9th St, about 6 blocks from the Arch St address.


    When the Federal Government moved from Philadelphia to Washington in 1800, Jefferson urged Smith to move with it & to set up a print shop in the new City. Smith agreed, and established one of Washington’s first newspapers, “The National Intelligencer.” Smith went on to publish Jefferson’s Parliamentary Manual in 1801. Then in 1813 he was appointed Commissioner of the Revenue and in 1814, briefly, the Secretary of the Treasury (under Madison).


    Priestman died in 1830 and is buried at Christ Church in Philadelphia.


    Priestman appears to have put together quite an impressive library - many of them are catalogued and identified in the collection of the American Philosophical Library, which bought a number of maps from Priestman in a famous 1831 sale. The correct Jefferson map is not mentioned among them.


    Note from Lew



    Thank you Paul -



    I hope to visit your shop on my next trip to Washington





    10/23/2017I received this comment from Carmen Valentino


    Lew,



    If
    Priestman died in 1830, then the 266 Arch St. address was elsewhere
    because I believe the street nubers in the city were changed at some
    point AFTER 1830. !!



    Cheers,



    Carmen D. V.



    I recently purchased this bookplate by Annie French.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_French
    
    
    This is the only one I currently have in my own collection
     I would be most interested in obtaining anyother bookplates
    she designed.
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
    
    
    
    



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  • 11/05/17--14:28: The Devil Made Me Do It
  •  Some of you may remember the American comedian Flip Wilson whose tag line was
    The Devil Made Me  Do It.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SLifea3NHQ
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    I though about him when I started writing 
    this blog posting about Devils and Satyrs. 

    My first satyr bookplate was sent  by Jacques Vallee in 2001

    "Jacques Fabrice Vallée (French: [vale]; born September 24, 1939) is a computer scientist, author, ufologist and former astronomer currently residing in San FranciscoCalifornia.


    In mainstream science, Vallée co-developed the first computerized mapping of Mars for NASA and worked at SRI International on the network information center for the ARPANET, a precursor to the modern Internet. Vallée is also an important figure in the study of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), first noted for a defense of the scientific legitimacy of the extraterrestrial hypothesis and later for promoting the interdimensional hypothesis".






    Mr. Vallee  wrote  that his bookplate was designed around  an illustration from The Circus of Dr. Lao


    He thought it was appropriate for a library of the paranormal, the innocent girl representing science 


    and the satyr .the forces of nature.

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    Note sent by Samuel Chambliss 111




    S. Pritikin - Several bookplates in my collection were designed by S. Pritikin including the one illustrated.below.
     All were for men of the cloth.
     Don't do a Google search for more information unless you are  interested in weight loss




    The bookplate shown above is a serigraph done in 1991 by Hara Yoshiaki

    This Rev. Peterson bookplate was designed by Bessie  Pease Gutmann

    The Jane F. Peters plate was designed by Charles Henry Carter

    If you have any devil bookplates you would like added to this
    blog posting send a scan to 
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
    
    

    Some Ephemeral Devil Items


    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

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     Mystery Bookplates

    I have received several  inquiries  about bookplates I do not recognize.
    If you have information about any of these bookplates please share it with us.
    Send your responses to
     Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com


    Lew,

    I recently purchased this set as American bindings.
     Are you familiar with this book plate, which appears in all 3 volumes?
    The set belonged to Alexander Barret, who was a wealthy tobacco merchant..
    Did he use any other bookplates ?

    Regards, Steve


    Hi Lew,

    I hope all is well with you!

    Thank you for your kind responses to my previous emails. Might I lean on your bookplate expertise again? Do you have any suggestions on identifying the RGS associated with this bookplate? Thanks for any tips you might suggest!

    Sincerely,

    Gina

    Note From Lew
    I have been experimenting with Google's image search, in which you match your bookplate  image against  thousands of Google images. It is somewhat like facial  recognition software.  
    I tried it with Gina's bookplate and was unsuccessful. You might wish to experiment with your own mystery bookplates.
    Let me know if  it works for you.
    https://www.google.com/intl/es419/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html
    
    
    
    

    Two Mystery Bookplates in my own collection.




    The diameter of this small circular bookplate is two CM   ( 0.7874016  in.)
    It was part of a European collection I purchased several months ago.
    At first I thought it might be a letterhead crest but it has glue on the verso.
    I suspect it might be a royal plate ,




    Does anyone out there recognize this Judaica plate ?

    Annie E, French

    Several weeks ago I wrote about this Annie E.French plate and requested images of other plates  she made.


    This message was recently sent to me .

    Dear Sir,

    I came upon your website earlier today and saw you had purchased a bookplate by Annie French and were interested if there were any others. It so happens that Annie French designed a bookplate for my grandfather, Ion Smeaton Munro. He fought in the First World War and then was a writer and journalist. He died in 1971 and, sadly I don’t remember him. I think they were friends as we also have a couple of pictures beautifully painted by her.

    The plate is beautiful I think. The crest bottom left is the Munro family crest, which includes the words ‘Dread God’ that can just be seen.

    Best wishes,
    Fiona Phillipson


    Here are some original Annie E. French drawings from the  the Phillipson collection.

    See you next week,
    Lew



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    My preference is to trade and add to my collection.  Selling prices are included for those of you who have no duplicates and wish to build a collection. Priority postage in the U.S. is $6.65

    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com


    The Isaac Mendez Bookplate is no Longer Available
    Marcus Nathan Adler   $30.00

     Marcus Nathan Adler (1837-1911) was involved in scholarly activities such as writing, editing, and translating. For instance, in 1907 his critical text, translation, and commentary of Benjamin of Tudela's important medieval manuscript, The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela, was published
    Elkan Nathan Adler      $35.00

    Elkan Nathan Adler (24 July 1861 in St Luke's, London – 15 September 1946 in London) was an English author, lawyer, historian, and collector of Jewish books and manuscripts. Adler's father was Nathan Marcus AdlerChief Rabbi of the British Empire. He traveled extensively and built an enormous library, particularly of old Jewish documents. Adler was among the first to explore the documents stored in the Cairo Genizah, being in fact the first European to enter it. During his visits to Cairo in 1888 and 1895 Adler collected and brought over 25,000 Genizah manuscript fragments back to England.
    Jacobi Solis Cohen      $35.00


    Jacob da Silva Solis Cohen, Philadelphia otolaryngologist, was born in New York on 28 February 1838. He married Miriam Binswanger on 10 February 1874; they had nine children. Cohen died in Philadelphia on 22 December 1927. Cohen received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1860. He served a brief residency at the Pennsylvania Hospital, then held several positions as a surgeon during the Civil War. He opened his private practice in Philadelphia in 1866 and began to concentrate on diseases of the throat and chest. In 1867, he performed the first successful American laryngotomy for removal of a cancerous growth; he also performed the first closed-field laryngotomy in 1892. In 1867 he assumed the post of Lecturer in Electrotherapeutics at Jefferson Medical College, then became Lecturer in Laryngoscopy and Diseases of the Chest in 1869. He also helped to found the Philadelphia Polyclinic and College for Graduates in Medicine and became Professor of Diseases of the Throat and Chest there. In 1890-1891, an honorary professorship in laryngology was created for Cohen at Jefferson. He published several works including, Diseases of the throat (1872) and the revised edition, Diseases of the throat and nasal passages (1879). Cohen also helped to establish the American Laryngological Association and was its President (1880-1882). He was elected to fellowship in the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1871.

    Solomon Lowenstein  $30.00

    https://www.jta.org/1942/01/21/archive/solomon-lowenstein-dead-mourned-by-all-leading-jewish-organizations

    Leah Mishkin                  $30.00
    Chicago Librarian and bookplate collector

    Issac Mendes                $125.00  NO LONGER AVAILABLE
    This is the earliest known dated English bookplate (1746)
    Engraved by Benjamin Levi

    Elieser Shindler  $30.00
    I do not know anything about the owner

    Isaac Smith          $30.00

    Temple Emanu-El  San Francisco   $30.00

    https://www.emanuelsf.org/about-us/history/

    Bookplate with menorah and Torah $30.00
    I do not know anything about the owner

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  • 12/06/17--14:52: Bookplate Contest
  • New Contest

     I find it hard to believe that 2018 will be the start of my eleventh year as a blogger.
     To celebrate the occasion a new contest has begun.

    The rules are simple.

    Submit a caption for the S.O.S. bookplate.
    Only one entry per person
    All entries must be received in 2017

    The  winner will receive a limited edition , hardbound professionally published book with all my 2017 blog postings

    Send your entries to
    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com