Friday, January 25, 2019

Errors in Bookplate Design

Even the most accomplished artists make mistakes when  sending out  proofs to clients  .
Here are a few examples:
Mr. Hopson knew how to spell Connecticut but he misspelled in on the first try

Dorsey Potter Tyson (1891-1969) was an etcher who lived in Baltimore and designed a powerful plate for William E. Bauer .His original proof had the middle initial A.
Timothy Cole's wood engraved bookplate for Elizabeth Bancker Gribbel was misspelled  and corrected.

If you have any  error plates or proofs to share please send jpeg scans to 

Bookplatemaven @hotmail.com

and they will be added to this blog posting.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Judaica bookplates for exchange Part 2

Part  one has  generated inquiries from Israel, Luxembourg, and  The United States.
Here is part two.  If you have duplicates for exchange send scans to
Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Judaica Bookplates for possible exchange Part 1

I have accumulated many duplicates which I would like to trade with other collectors.
If you wish to trade please send your scans to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
More images will be scanned on Monday
The Red Bookplate has already been traded

Saturday, January 12, 2019

This Week in Bookplates 1/13/2019

This article appeared in the January 11th edition of 

The Adirondack Enterprise
 Mr. Will H. Low, the well-known American artist, was an intimate of Robert Louis Stevenson in art student days at Barbizon. As a tribute to the memory of his gifted friend he has made for members of the Robert Louis Stevenson Society a special bookplate.
The following from “The New International Encyclopedia” affords a survey of Mr. Low’s achievements: “Low, Will Hicock, An American illustrator, figure and genre painter. He was born May 31, 1853, in Albany, N.Y. His early education was interrupted by his ill health, but in 1870 he went to New York and for two years illustrated for different magazines. He went to Paris in 1873 studying with Gerome at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and later with Carolus Duran. His work was also influenced by association with Millet and other painters at Barbizon. Returning to America in 1877, he was elected member of the Society of American Artists in 1878 and Academician in 1890, and for a time was instructor of the life classes at the Academy and in schools of Cooper Union. In 1910 he delivered the Scammon lectures at the Arts Institute, Chicago, published under title ‘A Painter’s Progress’ (1910). He worked with a John La Farge in glass painting, and received a second-class medal at the Paris Exposition in 1889 and medals at Chicago in 1893 and Buffalo in 1901.”
“Low is best known by his illustrations for periodicals, his decorative work for public buildings and private houses, and for his stained glasses. He was one of the first to introduce light tones of the open-air school in American art. His work shows grace of line, delicate color, and good composition. His ideal subjects of gods and nymphs are painted with great charm of color reflections in light and shade. Among his works are ‘Portrait of Albani’ (1877); ‘May Blossoms’ (1888, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.); ‘My Lady’ (Lotus Club, New York); ‘Aurora’ (1894, Metropolitan Museum, New York); ‘The Orange Vendor’ (Art Institute, Chicago); ‘Christmas Morn’ (National Gallery, Washington); Among his decorations are ‘Mother and Child,’ stained glass windows (Rock Creek Church, Washington); 10 stained glass windows for St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Newark, N.J.; decorative panels in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York; and mural paintings in the Essex County Court House, Newark, N.J., the Lucerne County Court House, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (1908), the Federal Building, Cleveland, and St. Paul’s Church, Albany, N.Y. (1910); In 1914 he was engaged on mural paintings for the rotunda of the New York State Educational Building and for the Legislative Library in the Capitol at Albany. His best known illustrations are those for Keats’ Lamia and Odes and Sonnets. He is author of ‘A Chronicle of Friendships’, 1873-1900 (New York, 1908), a book of reminiscences, and many magazine articles on artistic subjects.”

Writing to the Stevenson Society of this design, Mr. Low has this to say: “You will see that I have been somewhat inspired in my design by that charming book, ‘The Penny Piper of Saranac,’ although it really goes further back than that, for I made it up of elements from my drawings for Keats’ ‘Louisa,’ which was dedicated to R.L.S. in 1885. The piping figure I then used for the colophon of the book and the escutcheon with Stevenson’s monogram formed part of the dedicatory drawing. I have thus, pardonably, I trust, sought to interweave my own personality with the design, and the background of Adirondack woods localizes it sufficiently. Will H. Low."
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William Cameron Menzies , Bookplate Designer


Note from Lew: The Film critic Jimmy Starr liked the Valentino
bookplate by Menzies and had it altered for his own use.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cameron_Menzies
"Menzies joined Famous Players-Lasky, later to evolve into Paramount Pictures, working in special effects and design. He quickly established himself in Hollywood with his elaborate settings[citation needed] for The Thief of Bagdad (1924), The Bat (1926), The Dove (1927), Sadie Thompson (1928), and Tempest (1928). In 1929, Menzies formed a partnership with producer Joseph M. Schenck to create a series of early sound short films visualizing great works of music, including a 10-minute version of Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and created the production design and special effects for Schenck's feature film The Lottery Bride (1930).
Menzies's work on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) was what prompted David O. Selznick to hire him for Gone with the Wind (1939). Selznick's faith in Menzies was so great that he sent a memorandum to everyone at Selznick International Pictures who was involved in the production reminding them that "Menzies is the final word" on everything related to Technicolor, scenic design, set decoration, and the overall look of the production.
"Production designer" (which is sometimes used interchangeably with "art director") was coined specifically for Menzies, to refer to his being the final word on the overall look of the production; it was intended to describe his ability to translate Selznick's ideas to drawings and paintings from which he and his fellow directors worked.[citation needed]
Menzies was the director of the burning of Atlanta sequence in Gone with the Wind. He also re-shot the Salvador Dalí dream sequence of Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945).

In addition, Menzies directed a string of dramas and fantasy films. He made two sci-fi films: the 1936 film Things to Come, based on H.G. Wells' work that predicted war, the search for peace and technical advancement; and Invaders from Mars (1953), which mirrored many fears about aliens and outside threats to humans in the 1950s. "
I recently purchased William Cameron Menzies The Shape of Films to Come by James Curtis and I look forward to reading it.
 Bookplate by Mr. Menzies for the producer John W, Considine  Jr.
John W.Considine Jr,
Mr,  Menzies' Daughter Suzie
Mr. Menzie's Cipher
I want to thank  Edward Sotto III who sent me information about Mr,Menzies,
This is how a checklist begins, If you know of any other bookplates Mr. Menzies designed 
please send information or a scan. Thanks,
Lew Jaffe      Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Happy New Year

My last posting was in July of 2018 and I have finally returned.

Let's start with  some good news. If all goes according to plan I will have a bookplate book published this  fall. Details are sketchy but papers have been signed and money will soon be forthcoming.
My publisher  is The Princeton Architectural Press . Updates  will be posted  as the book progresses.
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            Musings of a Jewish Bookseller by       By I. Mizrahi




          Mizrahi Book Store

             3114 Quentin Rd
             Brooklyn NY 11234
             347-492-6508   
          antique, used, rare &
             out of print Jewish Books
            http://judaicaused.com/

An apparently healthy customer ended a general email with book requests with the following curt and morbid request: I have many boxes of Judaica ... Can my children just ship them to you when I die?


A fellow who got irritated at hearing a noted speaker wrongly date R. Eliyahu Hacohen (1640-1729) as a 19th century author, had me ship a 17th century copy of his book Shevet Mussar to the speaker's home, in order to prove a point

A six foot tall visiting customer, had me promise that there were no mice in the store basement before he headed in to the shop, explaining that he had an intense fear of mice

Completing an order of books that she was gifting to her husband, the woman remarked, "that should get him off my back for a few weeks"

After viewing a fine library of a Rabbi and scholar, the son of the deceased Rabbi remarked to me, "my father was a nice fellow, but unfortunately a Kofer (heretic)"

An elderly customer was too weak to make his weekly visit to the store, so he hailed a cab and had me bring out ten books at a time to the car. He made his selections, which I mailed to his home


After a customer completed a large purchase, I received a plea from a friend of his that I should not sell him any more books, as his family was nearly starving for food, and the book addict can't control his impulses


Looking for a listening ear, an old customer called to tell him that his wife has kicked him out of his house and is holding his collection of 10,000 books hostage
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BOOK HOARDERS

Follow this link about ten famous book hoarders
https://lithub.com/10-famous-book-hoarders/

It is nice to be back. See you again next week

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Another Letter From Audrey Arellanes

Audrey Arellanes wrote many letters to notable people asking for bookplates .
 Aldous Huxley took the time to respond.
I have always wanted the Huxley bookplate  designed by Bruno Bramante.
An article about his bookplate appeared in the November 1947 edition of House and Garden Magazine. I already had a smaller Huxley bookplate which I suspect was posthumous.
The late Richard Schimmelpfeng sent me a signed  copy of the Bramante bookplate before he died.


                Small bookplate is probably posthumous
In 1961 Aldous Huxley wrote to Audrey "I don't have a bookplate and wouldn't have time, if I did to strike it into all my books. "
Interesting, Was Mr Huxley on a trip when he wrote the letter or was the bookplate never  sent to Mr. Huxley ? Your thoughts would be appreciated.
 Incidentally,Today, July 26th is Mr.Huxley's birthday.
Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Letters to Audrey Arrellanes

Audrey Arellanes


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.

http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com/2012/02/thank-you-audrey-by-denetia-arellanes.html

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.




Here is another letter she received after writing to the American Poet  Louis Untermeyer



Here is a link to an article from The Literary Hub  about ten notable book collectors

https://lithub.com/10-famous-book-hoarders/

George Lucas Libtary

JULY 4th

July 4th is a few days away. My hope is that civility and sanity in our government  returns.
On the other hand ,I do not think that will happen unless these guys launch another sneak attack.
So I have an alternate wish . Let's hope the Democrats beat the crap out of the Republicans in the
mid term elections.



Monday, June 25, 2018

This Week in Bookplates 6/25/2018

Many years ago almost everyone I knew collected something ,Stamps, Trading Cards, Matchbook Covers etc. Times have changed and most  collecting organizations are struggling to attract new members.Fellow collector Robert Bolton organized a bookplate exhibit at his local library.
This is an excellent way to introduce bookplate collecting to a wide audience in your own community. Thank you Robert.

"In March of 2017 I was allowed to display a sampling of my bookplate collection at Lanier Library in Tryon, North Carolina.  The focus of my collection primarily is on the artist rather than the owner of the bookplate.  Lanier Library is one of the few remaining membership libraries in the country.  Please refer to America’s Membership Libraries edited by Richard Wendorf with a preface by Nicolas Barker and published by Oak Knoll Press, 2007."

Robert Bolton





Sammy The Watch Cat 

Fellow Collector Al Gury has a friend watching over his collection.

Fellow Collector Jeff Price has added a few more framed bookplates in his gallery


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



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hello Again

I have been out of circulation for a while but now I am back.
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.
fUR narrative of Frank Ward O'Malley was broken yesterday by tho in



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

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=FRBUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hTkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2140,4105600&dq=austin+o-malley+notre+dame&hl=en


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bookplate Events In March Part One

Bookplate Exhibit

Fellow 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

New York City Events in March
ABAA Show March 8th -11th



https://www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIotSuitvB2QIVAx6GCh3sHAfZEAAYASAAEgIpH_D_BwE

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Shadow Show #1

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PURCHASE TICKETS Online in advance and save $5 per ticket!

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The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair And Fine Press Book Fair - The Shadow Show!

March 10, 2018 The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair And Fine Press Book Fair - The Shadow Show!   The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street, New York, NY 10065
Just Across From The ABAA Show At The Park Avenue Armory! This is it - The Hip Shadow Show to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair! More Now Than Ever - This Is The Must Do Show In New York!   In a fabulous location just across the street from the Armory and a short cab ride from Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal. We're surrounded by parking garages and subway stops!   Exceptional Vintage Book & Ephemera dealers from across the United  States, Canada & Europe will gather to offer fine, rare, old books  alongside a wide range of vintage paper & ephemera. Hours are Saturday 10am-5pm Admission: Adults $15, Youths 13-21 $7, Under 13 free w/Paid Adult Appraisals 1-3pm by John Bruno, Star of  Market Warriors & Guest Appraisers!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

And The Winner Is


Congratulations to Justin Green. 

His Winning Submission for the bookplate contest was:

Don't Shoot- I thought it was You.

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eList 22 - Bookplates

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.

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Inquiries from fellow  collectors 

If you can answer any of these inquires please respond to  
 Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com


 Dear Lew,

A Happy New Year to you!

Do you know who designed Harry Bache Smith's bookplate?  His initials might be either A. G. or A. C.  and it looks like it was printed in 1929.  Attached are two images.  

best,
Jerry


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Dear Mr. Jaffe

I came across your blog about Californian bookplate artists.

I am a bookplate collector and historian of science from Argentina, I am looking for a bookplate used by the chemist and historian of science Ladislao Reti.
His library was sold by the legendary Californian bookdealer Zeitlin in the nineties.
 There is a chance some books from his library may pop up in California.
Can you or one of your readers assist me in obtaining this bookplate ?
Thanks,
Roberto A. Ferrari