Sunday, August 20, 2006

Theodore Brown Hapgood (1871-1938)


Last week I visited a bookseller who contacted me after seeing this blog. He had some bookplates for sale and thought they might they might be of interest. I got a number of plates from him but what was most intriguing were the ephemeral items relating to T.B. Brown.

I knew the name, but only one of his bookplates was in my collection (Alfred Bartlett) .

Here is what William E. Butler wrote on P.79-80 in American Bookplates: "Hapgood was a designer whose work, in addition to bookplates, included hand- illuminated memorials , architectural monuments, plaques, and inscriptions in wood, bronze, stone and marble,embroidered clerical vestments, and decorative design and lettering for books and other printing. His bookplate designs were noted for the exceptional harmony achieved between type and decorative form"...."All were pen- and ink drawings with intricate elaborate borders framing stylized human figures , architectural motifs, or sometimes merely lettering and decorative symbols. The great majority range from 1898 to 1910."

The shipping label Mr. Hapgood designed for his own use is interesting because it was sent to Charles Dexter Allen , the leading authority, in his day, on 18th century American exlibris.
Upon closer examination of the lettering in the bookplates used by Mr. and Mrs. Allen and comparing it to the lettering on the shipping label , I came to the conclusion they all must have been designed by Hapgood.

Little by little , I will add more information about Hapgood and hope to get additional input from some of you.

If you plan to visit Papermania in Hartford Connecticut , next week(August 26th-27) and have some bookplates for sale or trade let me hear from you (Bookplatemaven atHotMail Dot Com

I just found a most informative article about Hapgood written by Tom Boss several years ago.

Here is the link Http://

That's all for now.

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