Friday, January 19, 2007

Will The Real Rev.Thomas Scott Step Forward ?Bookplate Meeting in Boston

Vachel Lindsay illustrated many of his poems and created at least one bookplate, for his friend Clark Walker Cummings. The following is an excerpt from Lindsay's obituary: " The funeral services for Nicholas Lindsay were held at the First Christian Church on December 8, 1931 , at 3 p.m.. The Reverend Clark Walter Cummings officiated the funeral."
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) the French poet,translator and literary critic is best known for Les Fleurs du mal. His bookplate is extremely rare.

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One of the privileges of getting older is forgetfulness. I forget which of the 1960's American TV game shows used the line will the real--step forward. I think it was " What's My Line ". That was my inspiration for this week's title.

I received a group of English bookplates this morning and was struck by the powerful imagery used by Reverend Thomas Scott. My first reaction was ,this is a man who does not take any prisoners in combat. Who was he?

The name is fairly common and I know there was more than one Reverend Thomas Scott, so it is wishful thinking on my part that the Thomas Scott I am about to mention was ,in fact, the owner of the bookplate in question.

Thomas Scott (1747-1821) was a founding member of The Church Missionary Society.He was the Rector of Aston Sanford, and Buck .He published a six volume Bible commentary and his published works were read and used by president Thomas Jefferson. More detailed and illustrated information about him can be seen at

Someone out there knows if the bookplate was from the library of the same person I have written about. I could use your input.



A new search engine which combines web, blog,video, and image selections in one simple package can be seen at I looked up bookplate and was impressed.


The American Bookplate Society will sponsor a regional meeting/ seminar/ where ideas can be shared and duplicates exchanged. Jim Keenan will make a presentation about "Storage and Presentation" of collections.

The meeting will be on Saturday March 24Th and will be held from 10:30 to 1:30 at the Boston Public Library. More details will be posted as they are received, but mark your calendar.

If you are near Boston and have gotten addicted to this blog , come join us. There is no charge for the event and you do not have to be a member of the Bookplate Society to attend.

That's all for this week. The February fourth posting will be about bookplates used by science fiction writers , artists and collectors. I would be delighted to include your submissions. Please send them to

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