Tuesday, April 24, 2007
More Judaica/ Sunwise Turn Bookshop
For those of you who would like to start a collection, here is a time tested way to begin. Contact your local hand bookbinder. Most of them are pack rats who save every scrap of leather and marbled paper along with bookplates.Some of the nicest bookplates in my collection came from bookbinders.
Here is another suggestion. If you are at an antiquarian bookshop be sure to ask if they have a box of old boards (detached covers) .This is an source for unexpected treasures.The Argosy bookshop in New York City keeps several boxes of old boards and from time to time I have found some nice bookplates there . On my last visit I picked up a board with a crude but colorful booksellers label which aroused my curiosity . Here is what I found out. The Sunwise Turn bookstore was in operation around 1916 and the label was probably designed by one of the owners, Madge Jensison. She also wrote a book about the shop entitled Sunwise Turn, A Human Comedy of Bookselling. It is poorly written but I read it out of curiosity.
-Rachel, Old Saratoga Books