Wednesday, February 07, 2007

More Science Fiction/ Odds and Ends

Mahlon Blaine probably did more than one bookplate, but the only one I have is in my "celebrity"bookplate collection. If you click on the image to enlarge it you should be able to see more details.Joseph Dunninger (1892-1975). was an accomplished magician and psychic performer who was very popular in the 1940's and 50's.
In fact, I remember listening to his radio show when I was about twelve years old.
Here is a link that , if it works, will give you biographical information about Dunninger.

George Barr, an established SF illustrator wrote to me several years ago and mentioned that he had done several bookplates for clients but kept no copies. Here are two I know about.The one on the left was done in 1968 for his own books and the one on the right was a universal plate done in 1972. From time to time I see the universal plate offered on Ebay .The original drawing for his own exlibris was later painted in watercolor and sold.

Helen Clarke , Head Collection Services and Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Calgary sent me the Oswald Train bookplate image with the following notation"Oswald Train was a fan, minor author,one of the founders of a SF small press called Prime Press " Thank you , Mrs. Clarke for your thoughtfulness.
The bookplate for The Joseph Campbell Hospital shown at the top, falls into the "odds and ends" category.It arrived in this morning's mail and was purchased on Ebay last week. I bought it because it puzzled me and I thought there was an outside chance that it was 18th century American. It is, in fact, English and the Frank's identification # is 5013

More Odds and Ends- The Manuscript Society will hold a meeting in Philadelphia on Saturday February 24th. The topics of to be discussed after lunch are Bela Bartok letters and a Babe Ruth encounter. Reservations for the presentation and three course brunch ($30.00) can be made by contacting Barton Smith (tel. 610 678 8030)

Speaking of meetings, if you can get to Boston , Mass. on Saturday March 24 th you are invited to a meeting of the American Bookplate Society to be held at the Boston Public Library , starting at 10:30 A.M. There is no charge for this event and Jim Keenan will give a brief presentation about displaying, storing and preserving bookplates. There will be time set aside for exchanging duplicates with other collectors and learning more about bookplates , in general. I hope you will join us.

That's about all for this week, I jumped the gun and published a day earlier than usual. See you next week


dmccunney said...

Note on Oswald Train: Ozzie was a member of First Fandom, a group originally limited to those who had involvement in science fiction fandom before 1938, and a founding member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. As well as being a small press publisher, he was also a noted collector, and at one point was considered neck and neck with the late Sam Moskowitz in having the second largest collection of SF and fantasy in existence. (Forrest J. Ackerman had the largest.)

I was a member of the Phila. SF Society when Ozzie was still alive and active, and visited his home. I don't know whether his collection was in fact in the running for second largest, but it was enormous and incredible.

Ysabeau Wilce said...

I love Mahlon Blaine and have a collection of his books. I had no idea he ever did a bookplate. How lucky lucky Joseph Dunniger was! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the link!