Friday, April 29, 2016

Bookplate Exhibit and Sale in Norwalk Connecticut

SOMETHING PERSONAL
Ex Libris Collaborations and Other Personal Prints
By Jeffrey Price



For over 100 years almost everyone who loved books had their own personal prints created to identify their library and exchange with their literate friends.
These “Personal Prints” represent unique collaborations between artists and their patrons or collectors. Albert Einstein had a small print designed to identify books from his library and also as a personal artwork to be presented to his colleagues and friends.
 J. F. K. and Jackie Kennedy had their personal prints designed by Tiffany, while artists ranging from M. C. Escher to Maxfield Parrish created intimate artworks that reflected the artists’ styles as well as the interests and personality of their patrons.
This exhibition is one of the first opportunities to see prints such as these in a gallery setting, beautifully framed and available for ownership by a new generation of collectors.

The exhibition will be free and ongoing during Artists’ Market hours of  Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, with special late hours on Thursday when the gallery is open until 8pm. Parking is free. For more information contact Jeffrey Price at 203-846-2550



Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Bookplates of Richard Wagener

I attended several book shows in New York City recently  and was pleased to meet with Richard and Cathy Wagener .For those of you unfamiliar with Richard Wagener here is some biographical information taken directly from his website.



www.RichardWagener.com

Richard Wagener grew up in southern California spending a lot of time 

with his grandfather in remote parts of the desert and up in the Sierra. 

Early art classes introduced him to Maynard Dixon and Edgar Payne. 

After school activities included selling the evening newspapers at the 

Disney studios where he met many of the illustrators and animators.

Richard has an undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego 

and a graduate degree from Art Center College of Design. He has been 

engraving wood for over thirty years and his work has been in a number 

of fine press editions, most notably with Peter Koch in Berkeley and the 

Book Club of California. In 2006 Richard established his own imprint 

Mixolydian Editions to publish his own fine press editions of his work. He 

has collaborated with David Pascoe of Nawakum Press, Santa 

Rosa, California on two fine press books, one of which earned them the 

2016 Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. Richard was 

also awarded the Oscar Lewis Award for contributions to the book arts. 

He currently lives and works in northern California.


Check List Of Bookplates By Richard Wagener

Boston Book Congress 2000

James M.Goode

James P.Keenan 1994

Gregory Krisilas

Steven Sharafian


Cathy Wagener

Richard Wagener
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A Mystery Bookplate

Every so often I go to a  dumpy bookstore in Philadelphia where I have only found two excellent bookplates in twenty years. A third one was found last week.
I know nothing about the owner of the plate nor the artist.
Here is an enlargement of his (her) cypher. At first I thought it said E Fry but on closer examination I now believe it is E Fay.
Does any one out there have any information about the owner or the artist ?
Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
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An Old Mystery Solved

I remember exactly when I purchased this bookplate. It was in 2000 at the Boston Book Congress.I've written about it in the past because it made no sense to me.

Now the mystery is solved

See you next Week.
4/26    Comments received from readers
Hi Lew
When I first saw Richard Wagener's bookplate of an emu, my first thought was that he must be an Australian to be using the iconic flightless bird (not much smaller than an ostrich), but now realise that he isn't!
Best wishes
Andrew Peake
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Cannot find a bookplate example, or that monogram, but could this be by Clark Fay?

Hope that helps! - Mike



Friday, April 01, 2016

Ô Canada

I rarely write about Canada so I am  pleased to talk about some Canadian related topics today.  The University Of Toronto Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library  has placed a portion of their bookplate collection on Flickr.

Here is a link:

New Flickr Set: Canadian bookplates

Ex-Libris of Mary Frances Holgate
The Fisher Library possesses an extensive bookplate collection dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, referencing prominent figures and institutions in Canadian history. Reaching across Canada as well as the United Kingdom, the ex-libris collection comprises a wide range of owners. Provenance for some bookplates include prime ministers, military commanders, universities, libraries, private businesses and journalistic groups. The collection also offers a wide range of styles, representing a great variety in bookplate artistry. Some of the styles consist of armorial, pictorial, printed, emblematic, and hand-written bookplates. Many ex-libris have extraordinary artwork by notable artists like J.E.H. MacDonald and Francis Adams, while others possess witty rhymes, elegant mottos and family crests.



 These are just a sampling of the collection as there are more than 1,000 bookplates are available in the library’s physical collection.
Student intern Selin Kahramanoglu was responsible for preparing the finding aid for the collection and for curating the set of images on Flickr.

Fellow Bookplate collector Warren Baker has a new PDF catalog of Historical Canadian Documents, autographs and ephemera
I am unable to reproduce PDF images on this blog .
Here is Warren's contact information to obtain a copy of the catalog.

Warren Baker P.O. Box 844, Station B Montreal, Quebec H3B 3B0 

Tel. (514) 482-3070

 email: peguis@videotron.ca

Here is a link to a Canadian bookplate blog by Andrew Godefroy which has not been updated for quite some time .


In My own collection of notable people I have several Canadian bookplates

Dr.Frederick Grant Banting
Sir Frederick Grant Banting, KBE, MC, FRS, FRSC was a Canadian medical scientist, physician, painter and Nobel laureate noted as the first person to use insulin on humans.

William Maxwell Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook)
William Maxwell "Max" Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, PC, ONB, was an Anglo-Canadian business tycoon, politician, newspaper proprietor and writer who was an influential figure in British society of the first half of the 20th century

Saul Bellow


Thomas B. Costain
 was a Canadian journalist who became a best-selling author of historical novels at the age of 57
Stephen Leacock
Stephen P. H Butler Leacock, FRSC was a Canadian teacher, political scientist, writer, and humorist. Between the years 1910 and 1925, he was the most widely read English-speaking author in the world

If you have any interesting Canadian bookplates in 

your collection please send  a scan to me 

and it will be added to this posting.

Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com


4/12/2016

Fellow collector Beau Williamson sent the following 

information:

"I so rarely find good bookplates in the wild, mostly relying on dealers to expand my collection, so I was very happy to pick up this one (attached) in a book about hawks. The owner of the plate was a University (of Toronto) professor who specialized in Native American subjects. Stanley Harrod is a favorite designer of mine, though his plates are not always of the highest artistic quality."




I'm always looking for Canadian plates. I have maybe 20 or 30 in my collection. This is one of my favorite though.








Sunday, March 20, 2016

Some Interesting Bookplate Stories

 George Brent ( 1904 –  1979) was an Irish-born American stage, film, and television actor .He was also a book collector .His unique  exlibris is the largest leather bookplate I have ever seen.The outside dimensions are 3 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches high.
George Brent


John Held Jr.


Clare Dwiggins
Clare Dwiggins(1874- 1959) , a.k.a Dwig was a well known cartoonist. He was the creator of the first half page Sunday feature known as SchoolDays
Shown below is the bookplate he and his wife Bess used in their library.



This bookplate amuses me. How often do you see a Judaica angling plate?
Does anyone out there know anything about the owner ?
Send your responses to    Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com



Solving an E.D. French bookplate mystery with the assistance of fellow collector Richard Schimmelpfeng






Lucy Coleman Carnegie  This one is easy to identify (Brainerd #91)*

Margaret C. Perkins         The puzzle begins here.
This plate is identical to #91 in every way except it is printed in green
and the owner’s name has been changed. It is not listed in Brainerd*

F.Curtis Perkins Jr.  As above, but again with a different name.

From this link I deduced that these were all relatives who used the original copper after the Brainerd book* was published.


I also sent the link to Richard and he responded as follows:
”Hey thanks for the link. I did a little research myself, and Lucy Coleman Carnegie married the brother of Andrew, had nine children, one of whom married Frederick Perkins. All the ones you bought are altered names from the original ED French copper engraving; yes, they are genuine, and they wouldn't have turned up in the literature because of being too late.  The Carnegies and Rockefellers intermarried, and they owned several islands. Fascinating people."  

 * REF. Edwin Davis French A Memorial by Mary Brainerd French

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Tribute to The Late Larry Conklin By Tom Boss

 I'm really going to miss Larry Conklin. We had innumerable interesting conversations over the thirty-five years I knew him. He was always a provocative thinker with a great vocabulary and command of the English language. Larry loved to discuss, dissect and yes, even argue.

        He was an important mineral dealer and had many stories about collectors and collecting. His personal collection was also enviable. Larry had a passion for early American furniture and decoration and displayed wonderful pieces in his home. They always seemed well-integrated into his style of living.

         I knew Larry chiefly as a book collector first, then as an avid early American bookplate enthusiast. He formed an extensive collection of the works of William Loring Andrews the American bibliophile. I found most of the books in his collection for him. I hope his work on Andrews will result in a book on this important figure.

         Larry also became vulnerable to the charms of bookplates and decided to collect the works of Paul Revere and Nathaniel Hurd and other important engravers and prominent American figures of the 18th century. He liked to keep his bookplates in specially made boxes with the individual prints matted. He was a fastidious collector whose knowledge and passion were in ample evidence whenever I encountered him.

          I hope that other collectors now and in the future will be influenced by Larry in their activities but I'm afraid that with his passing we are left with a permanent void.

Note from Lew -Here is a link to Larry Conklin's website:






       

Sunday, February 28, 2016

This Week in Bookplates 2/28/2016

A good many bookplate collections are currently up for sale or have recently been sold so the current supply of choice items is  overwhelming.
Anthony Tufts purchased the  Robert Lloyd Henderson Collection.  Mr. Henderson was the son of James D. Henderson, the famous collector of miniature books. Robert was a collector in his own right with Charles Dickens being a particular interest. Most of the collection is being sold on Ebay.
You can see his current listings by searching Ebay using the seller name  Exeter-Rare-Books


From the Henderson Collection I purchased a group of leather bookplates used by Jerome Kern


Jerome David Kern(January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago (and Far Away)" and "Who?". He collaborated with many of the leading librettists and lyricists of his era, including George Grossmith Jr.Guy BoltonP. G. WodehouseOtto HarbachOscar Hammerstein IIDorothy FieldsJohnny MercerIra Gershwin and E. Y. Harburg." In addition he was an notable American book collector.
I currently have a duplicate of his bookplate for possible exchange.If you wish to contact me my Email is Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

Tom Boss recently purchased two significant bookplate collections and is currently sorting though and pricing them.He can be reached at this Email address:
TGBoss@gmail.com

I was sent a fine collection from a collector who wishes to remain anonymous
Here is one of my favorites from that collection.
Within that collection I also obtained this bookplate for Blaine Cordner.
He was an actor and his bookplate is a woodcut by Drusilla Albert (Mrs. George Kidd) I already have a copy so this one is also available for possible exchange.
Last but not least, fellow collector Luigi Bergomi purchased the Richard Schimmelpfeng collection. In several weeks he will be writing a blog article about the collection .This is one of the finest private collections assembled in the last fifty years. It contains well over 50,000 American and European bookplates .
If you want to contact Luigi his email address is

 Lbergomi@gmail.com


Here are a few Mystery Bookplates

 I believe both bookplates were done by the same artist..Dr.Eric Stone was affiliated with Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in the early twentieth century
and he lived in Brookline Mass.Does anyone out there know who designed these bookplates?
Bookplatemaven@hot mail.com
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Yes, this one is grotesque . Perhaps that is why I like it. In any event do you recognize the Artist's cipher ?
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This one measures 2 1/4 inches wide by 3 1/4 inches high ,circa 1920
At first I thought it might be a book ticket but most book tickets are tiny and it was pasted in the center on the inside front cover of a book about world war one.
 Mr. Schliepmann sold books  from apartment 13 A at 440 west 40th Street. I have not located any information about this bookseller and any input would be appreciated.

See you again Next Week.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Little Help From My Friends

Rebecca Eschliman  has written several  articles about the Antioch Bookplate Company and has been very generous in sharing information

More information  can be seen by following this link


David Sallume Vice President Antioch Bookplate Co.



February 16, 1965

Yolanda Bergamini


Dear Miss Bergamini:

Thank you for your recent order for 100 special bookplates. If you are not sitting down as you read this letter, I suggest that you either do so or take a solid grip on some stationary object. My reason for giving you this advice is that I have to tell you that bookplates manufactured to your specifications would price in the neighborhood of $250.00 for the first 100.

Now that you have come up for air I will tell you that I have not taken time to pinpoint the costs precisely, though I will do so if you wish. Perhaps you might like to consider the alternative of having our art department prepare one color drawing based upon your own. Working on this basis we could supply 100 bookplates for a single order for $44.00

Cordially,
David W. Sallume, Vice-President


Dear Mr. Sallume:

Thank you for your February 16 letter and for your sense of humor.

Let's try the alternative to my first idea.

I'm confident that your artists will prepare a satisfactory one color drawing based on my Mother's. The $44.00 cost for 100 bookplates sounds good.

I hope that your artists will feel at liberty to re-arrange the placement of the words I requested for this bookplate, i.e. the quotation placed at the top may look better under the flowers. Thank you.

Gratefully yours,
Yolanda Bergamini


February 25, 1965

Dear Miss Bergamini:

Thank you for your letter of February 22nd with further reference to the presentation bookplate.

The thought is appalling one, but nearly 40 years of business operation have taught us that  when we do custom work for private persons, prudence dictates that we ask for cash with order. We will be delighted to put this bookplate into work upon receipt of your check for $44.00

Cordially,
David W. Sallume, Vice-President


Dear Mr. Sallume:

Again thank you for a prompt reply to my request on February 22.

This order may be appalling, but my Mother's friends think of her as a remarkable woman. And the family agrees.

I have enclosed my check for $44. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,
Yolanda Bergamini


March 8, 1965

Dear Miss Bergamini:

Thank you for your letter of March 2nd and your check in the amount of $44.00 Our acknowledgment on the special bookplate will go out very shortly.

I was humiliated to find that you had apparently misunderstood my letter of February 25th. What I jokingly referred to as “appalling” was not by any means the order, but the necessity of asking for cash in advance. I think if you will look again at my letter this meaning will come through clearly.

Cordially
David W. Sallume, Vice-Pres.
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From The Antioch Archive
What I can share with you today are a selection of private bookplates based on professions/interests (how I wish someone had written down the story of the rutabaga one!). 


Brady -- printed in black on ungummed vellum. 10.2 x 7.6 cm

Diaz-Pifferer --  [Manuel Diaz-Piferrer was a recognized authority on Caribbean undersea botany] Designed by Lucy Piferrer, printed in rose and black on ungummed white stock. 10.0 x 15.2 cm 

Dunn -- Designed by Algira Pierce, printed in black on gummed vellum. 7.3 x 10.1 cm

Feitelberg -- [1905-1967, physicist noted for his work on the application of theory from physical science] printed in sepia on ungummed vellum. 7.9 x 6.2 cm

Freidberg -- printed in black on  ivory stock. 7.5 x 10.4 cm

Goddard -- [12th governor of Arizona] printed in sepia (border and name imprint printed in blue) on ungummed vellum. 7.6 x 10.4 cm

Klaila -- printed in black on ungummed vellum. 7.5 x 10.2 cm

Fellow Collector Al Gury visited the print room at The Argosy Bookshop in New York City and found this treasure.
Very fine woodcut on laid paper.
Arts and Crafts period.
"8X"6
 Jacques Laget identified the artist and the owner.
"René BIOT, born 1889 in Macon, near Lyon. Son of Félix-Camille. Chef Laboratoire Clinique Médecine,  Faculty of  Médecine of  Lyon, Doctor. méd 1914, installé Lyon 1917. Secrétaire Général "Groupe lyonnais d'études médicales, philosophiques et biologiques " qu'il a fondé 1924. Importante bibliothèque surtout musique ancienne.
Bookplate by Claude Dalbanne around 1920"

My son Steven sent this link about the Pratt Bookplate collection.
It is very easy to navigate .

Fellow Collector Anthony Pincott   sent this useful information about Theodore Roosevelt's Bookplate


I don’t know if you have covered the bookplate of the 26th President in your blog, or whether it is written up elsewhere, but if not then there’s a fair bit at
 


See you next Week






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