Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bookplates Commemorating A Special Event

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE From time to time I get bookplates specifically prepared to announce or commemorate an event. The "I am pissed off" bookplate shown above always brings a smile to my face.

The Last Political Prisoner plate shown below has always been a puzzlement. It is in several major collections and this is what has been unearthed so far: "This Music Crept" is from The Tempest and was incorporated word for word by T.S. Eliot in his chapter 3 "The Fire Sermon" in The Waste Land.

240 years ago Teiley Blaksslee purchased a book and had a special book plate prepared.It is a large label measuring 80x 178 mm border to border.It must have been placed in a large quarto or folio volume. It is speculated* that he lived in Connecticut and was somehow affiliated with a printer. *REF. P. 304 Bookplates In The News by Audrey Spencer Arellanes

On New Years Day 1849 Oren and Sally Sheldon of Mount Morris , New York invited their three sons and four daughters along with their Pastor , Rev. C.H.A. Bulkley to their father's home for a very special celebration. Each sibling was presented with a six volume set of Henry's Commentary. The bookplate shown below was inserted in each of the forty two volumes.


One of the functions of this blog is to act as a clearing house for bookplate news and events from around the world. In this instance the event was a bookplate exhibit at a coffee house in Serbia.

I can't be more specific as the You Tube video is not in English.

That's all for this year. HAPPY NEW YEAR

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Seasons Greetings From Bookplate Land

I want to wish all of you good luck and good health in the coming year . Merry Christmas!
Top Row left to right , My Son Steven, My Grandson Harrison , Santa, Me,My Daughter Moira
Bottom Row left to right My Daughter In Law Lisa, My Son in Law to Be Steven Don't remember where I got the letter by Howard B. Cunningham but it gives me pause for thought. Among the current crop of presidential candidates I can think of only who can lead , and inspire this kind of confidence but I am not going to vote for him because he wants to continue the war that Bush got us into.

Bookplate designers have always sent collectors and clients beautiful Christmas cards and I would like to share some of my favorites with you. Dr. Bennett's card was designed by Rudolph Ruzicka (1883-1978)

Thomas Ewing French (1871-1944) often worked with A.N. Macdonald

William Hammatt Simmons (1884-1949)

Bernhardt Wall sent this card to the American ephemera collector Bella Landauer

The card shown above was done by Allen Lewis (1873-1957)
Timothy Cole (1852-1931) did the card below for Bella Landauer

Stanley E. Scantlin (1949- ) engraved the card below

See you next week.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Two New Bookplate Artists,D.H.Lawrence Update

Ana Flávia Dias sent me this image of her bookplate.

Ivan Locke is an amateur fine art print maker whose current mediums are lino cut and woodcut relief prints and wood pyrography printed in either relief or intaglio.
His blog is

The December 2nd posting included images of " D.H. Lawrence bookplates" I want to thank everyone who responded and mention two experts who took the time to respond in great detail.
Professor Keith Cushman of the University of North Carolina, a noted Lawrence scholar and John Martin , who assembled the greatest collection of Lawrence first editions in America and probably the world.
D. H. Lawrence never had and never used a bookplate.
It is so easy to get hooked on an item presented and misrepresented on Ebay without doing research .Fortunately, in this instance I was not the high bidder.

If you are in Oklahoma you should look into a new organization for bookplate and antiquarian book collectors

Papermania (my favorite ephemera show) is coming up in January. It will be in Hartford Connecticut on January 5th and 6th

One final note : On the way to the 70th birthday party of an old friend in California I plan to spend at least one day in San Francisco looking for bookplates.If you are in the area and have bookplates for sale or trade please let me hear from you.
My email is

Sunday, December 09, 2007

eBay Seller: bookplatemaven: Prints, Art items on

After I came to the conclusion that retirement is stifling , I enrolled in a real estate course at Temple University . On Tuesday I take my final exam , for which I am not fully prepared so this is an abridged posting .

If you click on the link above you can see how my Ebay sales are progressing.You may even find a bookplate which appeals to you.

The little device pictured is a new identity theft protector that Ebay and PayPal sell for $ 5.00(that right $5.00).It's about two inches long and well worth looking into. . This nifty device gives you added protection if someone inserts a key stroke recorder into your computer or somehow gains access to your PayPal password.The device creates a random number which needs to be logged in to gain access to your account.It adds a few seconds to the process but I feel it is well worth having .
I recently purchased a bookplate by the late Al Hirshfield .It is the only one I have ever seen. Leighton K. Brill was Oscar Hammerstein's assistant for over twenty years and also wrote several movie scripts.
Here is another site for unusual collections and collectors:

Sunday, December 02, 2007

And The Winner Is/ D.H. Lawrence Bookplate

I keep a file of bookplates from the libraries of famous people not in my collection. Several months ago I was not the high bidder for a D.H. Lawrence bookplate in a book which the Ebay seller described as a gift from Frieda Lawrence. As I examine it once again, it does not appear to be a bookplate.It is cut unevenly as if it it came from a a dust jacket or note paper from Lawrence's Phoenix Press.What got me reviewing the item was a second Phoenix bookplate recently offered to me as having been used in Lawrence's own books.I have learned that Lawrence sometimes used a Phoenix bookplate on association and presentation copies but it is still not certain whether he used either or both of these in his own library. Several knowledgeable dealers and the D H Lawrence Society of North America have been contacted but if any of you out there have specific information to assist me I would like to hear from you.
First let me thank everyone who participated in the bizarre bookplate contest.We had a difficult time selecting a winner but here it is : The winner is Nina Allen and her submission is shown above.
Here is the URL for a book related website you might enjoy.
I especially like their monthly newsletter
Here is the URL for a fascinating glimpse into the wacky world of collecting
I will try to add a few more tidbits at the end of the day. Right now I am going to put a few more items on Ebay. See you later.
Sunday Evening-6:30 P.M. Here is another interesting site for those of you who want to learn about bookselling: Http://

Sunday, November 25, 2007

eBay Seller: bookplatemaven:

It's Saturday afternoon December 1st. and I just got the Novakow submission from Michael Cook. Mary and I will make the final selection this evening and the winner will be announced on Sunday morning.
Jerry Morris submitted the Waldo Leon Rich bookplate .Mr.Rich (1853-1930) was a bank teller from Saratoga Springs, New York who among other things collected,birds, butterflies, and rare books.
The bookplate shown above was submitted by Clifford Walker.It was done by Jelena Kiseljova.
The final week of the bizarre bookplate contest is upon us.
If you have been meaning to submit a plate the clock is ticking. Send your scan to

Three plates were submitted this week. The doctor's plate (remind me to cancel my appointment with Dr. Brauer ) was submitted by Colin Walsh who under the supervision of Sarah Burge is in the process of digitizing the medical bookplate collection of the Cushing Whitney Medical Historical Library at Yale University.
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The Monica and Norman Ewer plate by Frederick Carter was submitted by fellow bookplate enthusiast Stephen Pochin.

The Darlene J. Butler plate by the Dutch artist Pam Rueter (1906-1998) was submitted by Wally J. He is an advanced collector of Pam Rueter bookplates and ephemera. If you have Rueter items for sale or possible exchange he can be reached at Wallyj(at)ix(dot)netcom(dot)com

I have to admit that choosing a winner from among the sixteen plates received so far is not going to be easy. Tune in next Sunday to see what Mary and I have decided.

I spent a few hours last night and this morning putting duplicates for sale on Ebay.I have seventeen items listed so far and will add about eight more before the day is over. Click on the link above to see what I have to offer. The Leonard Sillman Plate is one that was put on Ebay. I am intrigued by this plate because I would like to know who this guy was (is).There is a Leonard Sillman who produced the New Faces musical reviews on Broadway.Perhaps he is the owner.I just ordered his autobiography at ABE Books to see if I can find a clue. .

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Boston Trip/ Roycroft/ Christmas Gift Ideas

This is a scan of the completed dragonfly bookplate by Daniel Mitsui
It was printed by The Ascensius Press I guess this was a Christmas gift to myself because I really did not need another bookplate. On the other hand It gives me great pleasure to own this miniature print by an extremely talented artist.

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I just returned from Boston where I attended a book show on Friday and an ephemera show on Saturday.The Benedict Prieth plate was purchased from Tom Boss . It was designed by Samuel Warner at Roycroft. If you are thinking about a Christmas gift for someone special you may want to contact Tom because he maintains the largest inventory of old bookplates in the U.S. He can sort by country, style, artist or subject. His email is

While I am at it here are some additional Roycroft bookplates. If you want to see more go to They have one section on bookplates of the Hubbard family and another on bookplates by Dard Hunter.

No submissions to the bizarre bookplate contest were received this week. Two more weeks and the contest ends. The winner will receive a bookplate by Jessie M. King. Send your submissions to
I have some duplicate bookplates for sale on Ebay If you look for the words advanced search and search by seller name, enter Bookplatemaven to see some of the treasures I have listed.
Have a nice holiday and I will see you next week.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

More Bizarre Bookplates/Thank You Dr.Radbill

When I started to get addicted someone suggested I contact Dr. Samuel X. Radbill who was in his eighties at the time and had a very large bookplate collection. I called him , introduced myself and we had a brief conversation which I will never forget. He said , Do you want to know the secret of building a world class collection ? It's simple, just outlive the other collectors.
At the time it amused me but as I get older and am buying the collections of departed friends his words come back to me.
This week I began sorting through a significant collection I purchased . The images shown are from the collection and need to be researched.
If you click on the Anne Kirkham Allen plate it will enlarge and you will see all kinds of little critters on the outer edges. If you know something about the owner or the artist please let me know.

The cat plate for GM is in some reference book I own but I can't recall which one it is. At first I thought it was by Gordon Graig but I just reviewed The Bookplates Of Edward Gordon Craig by John Blatchly and did not find it.

This, I assume is a punning plate for someone named archer.

If you want to find out who John Gawsworth was go to Http://

This weeks submissions to the bizarre bookplate contest are shown below.

The ode to a typewriter was submitted by Tom Boss-Click on images to enlarge.
The Dragon bookplate was designed and submitted by Jeff Gregory
The Gino Sabattini plate by Sergio Burzi was submitted by Nina Allen.
The bizarre bookplate contest will end on Saturday December 1st and the winner of the Jessie M. King bookplate will be announced on Sunday December 2nd. To enter the contest send your bizarre bookplate scan to

I will be in Boston November 17th because two great shows are run in tandem .One for Antiquarian books and the other for books and ephemera. For more details follow these links:
See you next Sunday.
Update- Monday evening November 12th - I have listed 15 bookplates on Ebay. My seller name is bookplatemaven.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Bookplate News From Around The World

Wall Street Journal Article by Joanne Kaufman- Click on image to enlarge.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Two recent finds from the estate of a collector in California.
The American Kennel Club plate was designed in 1936 by Edwin Megargee (1883-1958)
Edith Head (1897-1981) the famous Hollywood costume designer had a plate made with silver or aluminum foil laminated to paper.Click on the images to enlarge.
No submissions for the bizarre bookplate contest were received this week.

Orlando Florida
Earlier this year I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the personalized bookplate business of Antioch Publishing having been sold to Bookplate Ink
While in Washington last week I met Karen Gardner the firms owner and I am very impressed with the quality and reasonable pricing of this firms bookplates. Now is the time to think about getting yourself and your friends an affordable Christmas present that will be used for many years to come.

Collector Jean -Marc Barféty has a great site.

The World
The InternationalFederation Of Exlibris Societies has a very informative site with excellent links

That's all for today.

Monday, October 29, 2007


Two more submissions were received for the bizarre bookplate contest. The hangman by Rockwell Kent was from Leslie Arthur of the William Reese Company and the deity below was given to me by Olli Ylonen ( I just spent ten frustrating minutes trying to insert an Umlaut but finally gave up) who I met at the Bookplate tour in Washington.The plate was designed by Heikki-Pekka Miettinen.
It's not too late to submit your bizarre bookplate.Send a scan to

The cover for a penny chapbook (caudernos) by José Guadalupe Posada shown above was a gift from Selva Hernández Lopez the president of the Asociación Mexicana D Exlibris. Click on the image to enlarge it .

The bookplate label shown below amused me. It was one of the items I got in an exchange with Mrs. Edith A. Rights Click On Images To Enlarge

Last week, The American Society Of Bookplate Collectors and Designers sponsored a two day tour of the major private and institutional bookplate collections in Washington D.C.

Our host James M. Goode arranged and coordinated the whirlwind schedule and the thirteen attendees who came from all over the world , are in his debt.

Here are just a few of the tour highlights:

The Library Of Congress has digitized some of it's collection. If you click on this link and enter bookplate in the search box you should (hopefully) get there.I just spent some time reviewing it myself and found it to be very user friendly and informative

I have always been fascinated by bookplates and inscriptions which shed light on an owner's personality. If you are wondering about the title of this week's posting , it is as I learned from Richard Kuhta , Curator at the Folger Shakespeare Library , a handwritten inscription in one of the the books owned by King Henry Vlll .This is in sharp contrast with the inscription in a book from his fourth wife Anne Of Cleves "When ye loke on this remember me"

See you next week.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

This Week In Bookplates

Submissions for the bizarre bookplate contest have slowed down a bit. The contest ends December 1st. Send your scan to The winner will receive a very desirable Jessie M. King bookplate.
The Peter Bridger plate was submitted by Malcolm Enright and Looby The Magician was sent by Michele Behan. Speaking of Magicians' plates, On October 25th Swann Auction Galleries will sell a world class collection of 115 plates including Houdini's exlibris. The lot number is 142.

What a curse it is to be a seventy year old procrastinating dyslexic preparing for an exam on Tuesday evening ,enough said.

Wednesday, I leave for a three day Bookplate Society sponsored tour of the finest collections in Washington D.C. By coincidence, fellow collector John Titford and his wife Heather will be in Washington so I will meet them in person for the first time.
Here are some interesting links to keep you entertained for many hours :
This new Internet publication tries to track exceptional collector's blogs and websites.
A very scholarly and informative newsletter. The article by fellow bibliophile Steve Beare about the American engraver Samuel Dodd is of particular interest.
See you next week.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Bizarre Bookplate Contest Is Up and Running

Five additional bookplates have now been submitted. The winner will receive a Jessie M. King bookplate. If you want to participate in the contest please send a scan to before Saturday December 1st.The Dennis Barden bookplate is by Austin Spare (1888-1956) .It was submitted by a collector in England.
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The Carl Bruschweiler plate is by Gregor Rabinowich (1884-1958).It was submitted by Mr. Michael Kunze.
Cindy Woods ,a very talented artist who designs bookplates for herself and friends submitted one of her own designs. I am over-bookplated for now but if I wanted another bookplate I would contact her. She can be reached at

John Titford submitted the armorial plate. "It is printed in reverse, and is clearly the Tudor royal coat of arms (Tudor design on shield,Tudor lion/dragon supporters)with a reference to Elizabeth-presumably Elizabeth I ,Queen of England"

Mr. Ben Ulman submitted a bookplate designed by his grandfather.

Odds And Ends

If you are in the New York City area on October 19th or 20th be sure to visit the West Side Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Fair at 110 West 19th Street
Here is a link to a bookseller blog which I enjoyed reading.
I have selected a printer for my dragonfly bookplate
Does anyone have a clue as to why the truncated Internet Explorer box started to appear on the top of my blog? It does not appear when using a firefox browser. Thank you Bill Gates
See you next week.