Saturday, October 28, 2006


CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE Claude Fayette designed his own bookplate
James Horsey Fincken engraved the Robert Garrett plate
Rudolf Ruzicka designed the Donnelly plate
E.T. Nelson designed the Katherine Derr plate

Warren Chappell designed the Hollis Holland plate
Ernst Puehler designed the Sterling Morton Hamill plate
Leonard Baskin designed the Robin Halwas plus the plate to it's right

Rudolf Ruzicka designed the Florence Bronson Windom plate
Frederic W. Goudey designed the William Reydel plate

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A book you might wish to consider purchasing is Design In Miniature by David Gentleman. The author writes about all sorts of small ephemeral items including postage stamps, match box covers , labels, trade cards and watch papers but he omits bookplates.

More often than not bookplates are about 4 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches high. If you think about it, by reducing the image size to about 1 1/2 wide by 2 1/2 high you have an added design challenge.

The twenty images shown reflect good design in a small package. If you have a small bookplate which you use in your own library and wish to send me a scan I can be reached at As an afterthought, I would be delighted to exchange duplicate bookplates with anyone who is so inclined.
That's about all for now . I will be in New England for the Boston shows during the week of November 13th and hope to purchase some collections while I am there.
Send me an email if you have some bookplates for sale.

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