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- 05/24/17--10:16: This week in bookplates 5/24/2017
- 05/29/17--09:46: Bookplate News and Events
- 06/09/17--05:55: A Win-Win No Brainer for Amazon or Barnes and Noble
- 06/29/17--13:38: Bookplate Odds and Ends 6/29/2017
- 07/10/17--06:00: More Recent Arrivals
- 07/18/17--15:51: Two Dumpster Tales
- 08/01/17--07:30: The Wonders of the Internet
- 08/15/17--09:16: Twenty Five Judaica Bookplates for Possible Exchange
- 09/03/17--13:43: This Week in Bookplates 9/3/2017
- 09/04/17--10:06: This Week in Bookplates 9/3/2017-Part Two
- 09/22/17--11:49: Support your local bookseller
- 10/09/17--15:11: An Interview with Daniel Mitsui
- 10/22/17--13:07: Odds and Ends
- 11/05/17--14:28: The Devil Made Me Do It
- 11/12/17--09:52: This Week in Bookplates 11/12/2017
- 11/25/17--09:49: Judaica Bookplates for exchange or sale
- 12/06/17--14:52: Bookplate Contest
- 12/21/17--06:02: Mystery Bookplates
- 12/28/17--11:21: Bookplate Odds and Ends
- 01/16/18--04:39: And The Winner Is
- 02/25/18--11:16: Bookplate Events In March Part One
- 05/16/18--11:01: Hello Again
- 06/25/18--06:33: This Week in Bookplates 6/25/2018
- 07/01/18--11:39: Letters to Audrey Arrellanes
- 07/26/18--11:40: Another Letter From Audrey Arellanes
Fellow collector Jeffrey Price sent me this breaking news about a recent sale of an unpublished bookplate by Robert Crumb.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.
=======================================================================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 .
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)
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 .
visit the Hopson Exhibit at Yale.
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
Send Your Submissions to
Note From Lew- What an innovative , thoughtful idea.
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.
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."
Links worth Perusing
Lots of interesting bookplates I've never seen before.
You can view it on your computer.
The Luna Image Collection from Washington University in St. Louis should be bookmarked. It is an excellent digital bookplate resource.
Recent Additions To My Collection
By way of comparison shown below is one of the printed bookplates.
Here is another proof
autograph inscription and bookplate [n.d.]
I asked him to write something about his new plate and this is his response:
Here are a few recent additions to my collection
If you are turned off by this topic do not click onto this memorable link from the movie
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 .
The One That Didn't Get Away
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.
In this day of diminishing antiquarian book shops Mr. Fowler figured out a way to
get customers from all over the world .
Shaving Kit engraved by Charles F. Blank
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.
He also sent this scanned photo of his great grand father.
An email from Spencer Frazee
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.
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.
The Smithsonian has a very impressive digitized research tool.
Here is the link for bookplates. This site should be bookmarked.
Two Mystery Bookplates
Judaica Bookplates for possible Exchange
I'll be back in several days with bookplates of notable people for possible exchange.
If you are in or near Brooklyn and have bookplates for sale or trade please send me an email.
This is an exceptionally well run show and at least two dealers Tom Boss and Richard Thorner will be bringing bookplates.
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.
Call Number: 2012.004Extent: 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
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
I wrote about Emma Toedteberg in yesterday's blog posting.
This bookplate was engraved by E.D. French
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for doing this for us! - Curtis
Support The Bookplate Society
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 is an email interview I recently had with Daniel Mitsui.
My questions are highlighted in blue and his responses are in black.
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?
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.
From the why did I buy this bookplate collection
It is also mentioned here.
Here is some information about the artist.
Can anyone out there identify Dr. Norbert Rossa ?
Please send your responses to
Paul Cymrot a bookseller in Washington D.C. and Fredericksburg,Va, sent
the following emails
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
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. !!
Carmen D. V.
I recently purchased this bookplate by Annie French.
This is the only one I currently have in my own collection
I would be most interested in obtaining anyother bookplates
The Devil Made Me Do It.
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 Francisco, California.
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.
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
Some Ephemeral Devil Items
Are you familiar with this book plate, which appears in all 3 volumes?
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.
Two Mystery Bookplates in my own collection.
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
See you next week,
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
|The Isaac Mendez Bookplate is no Longer Available|
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 Adler, Chief 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
Solomon Lowenstein $30.00
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
Bookplate with menorah and Torah $30.00
I do not know anything about the owner
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
I was hoping that I could trouble you for some advice. I recently discovered a large bookplate collection in our library, which was gifted around 1950. It was the personal collection of William Edgar Fisher. I am hoping to get a rough idea of the value of the collection, as well as find out a little more about the collection. The collection contains bout 400 of fishers plates (many signed proofs), 130 of other artists,as well as other paraphernalia.
That said, could you direct me towards someone that could help me find the value, and tell me a little about the work so I can set up an exhibit? I, obviously, do not mind doing most of the work, just need to be pointed in the right direction. One thing that is rather problematic for me is identifying people by initials, a problem I saw others having on your recent blog post. Some of these people are: CB, LBM, GRH, HP, HE, W, WHA, ROM, ACR, WKB, WJJ, and what looks like a stylized JC, and EF. Any advice you could offer me would be highly appreciated.
I didn't want to overload you with to many images but here are a few I have questions about.
1- Bi Lauda- What is this? "Artistic Bookplates" 1901 says "a secret society in Wellsville Ny". Nobody in Wellsville has ever heard of it (county/town historians, Historic societies etc). Also, I have seen this reprinted many times in black and white, is the color version uncommon?
Note from Lew- The color version is not uncommon
Special Collections Curator
David A. Howe Public Library
(On the other hand there must be somebody somewhere...)
TWO George Meade MYSTERIES IN MY OWN COLLECTION
I have had this signature on laid paper for several years
" Dreka Phila". is below the crest but it is very faint and not picked up in the scan.
None of my reference books shed any light on this bookplate. If you dig deep enough on Google you will find one or two auctions which included the Meade bookplate (see the link below).
THE CLOCK IS TICKING-Don't Procrastinate
The winner will receive a limited edition , hardbound professionally published book with all my 2017 blog postings
Send your entries to
Jeffrey Price sent me this framed bookplate of the notable science fiction writer
Harlan Ellison -Very Impressive
Artists' Market Inc.
163 Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06851 USA
I hope you are having a happy holiday season.
Artists' Market Inc.
163 Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06851 USA
His Winning Submission for the bookplate contest was:
Don't Shoot- I thought it was You.
Bay Leaf Books is pleased to announce our new short list of bookplates. This
fully-illustrated PDF includes a wide variety of ex libris, from antiquarian armorials to contemporary collage-style, as well as plates from illustrious owners such as
L. Frank Baum, John Gielgud, and Charles Goodspeed.
Note from Lew. Gabe Konrad's E list #22 is excellent.
Unfortunately I am currently unable to provide a PDF link.
To obtain a copy of the elist you can call Gabe Konrad at
231 652 2665
or go to his website link below and click on the catalogs section.
Inquiries from fellow collectors
Bookplate ExhibitFellow Collect Tommy Wixon has a bookplate exhibit at the Pascagoula Public Library
Perhaps some of you might want to consider such an event at your own local library
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It is nice to be here again.
I enjoy doing research about the owner's of bookplates.This one is unique.
Dr. Austin O'Malley's bookplate was designed by his brother Frank Ward O'Malley.
The good doctor married Aline Demetria Ellis who was twenty years younger than him.
She was having an affair with William J. Hearin , a Cornell University student and she wished to get rid of her husband. She selected poison instead of a divorce attorney. Her poison of choice was arsenic.
You can read all the sordid derails here
This is an excellent way to introduce bookplate collecting to a wide audience in your own community. Thank you Robert.
Audrey Arellanes was a remarkable woman who singlehandedly ran the bookplate society for over thirty years.
When she died her daughter Denetia wrote about her in this article.
Audrey corresponded with collectors, artists and many notable people on a regular basis.
She was reluctant to throw out anything. I remember one box which contained thirty years of movie ticket stubs
Here are a few of the letters Audrey received.
|George Lucas Libtary|
Aldous Huxley took the time to respond.
|Small bookplate is probably posthumous|