I went to a library book sale last week not really expecting to find any hidden treasures and I hit the jackpot.I look for old beat up books that might have been overlooked by the herd of stampeding sex crazed booksellers who get up at ungodly hours , in order to wait on line one hour before the opening.They come equipped with high tech devices which they claim are used to scan ISBN numbers but I have always suspected they are really aliens communicating with their leader out in space. In any event, this trade card was tucked into a grungy book about sermons . Click on the image to enlarge.
I have very little information about the bookplate artists listed today, so your input would be appreciated. Sidney Alabaster engraved bookplates for very wealthy people in Suffolk County , New York during the 1920s and 30s. I have been told he also engraved for Tiffany.Three of his plates are illustrated and you can click on any image to enlarge.
Charles Selkirk(1855-1923) was an engraver who worked in Albany, N.Y. and like the others listed today , very little has been written about him.
Three Charles Selkirk Bookplates Shown Above.
Any additional information you have about these artists would be appreciated. Send it to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
Margaret Hardon Wright (1869-1936) etched prints bookplates and Christmas cards.Her married name was Mrs. James H. Wright and she lived at 371 Harvard St. in Cambridge.Click on the images to enlarge.
Here is a link to a new website by Lee Jay Stolzfus , about printing history in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. www.lancasterlyrics.com
If you click on his index on the left side of his site and select Jacob Staffer you will find much information about the bookplate artist David McNeely Stauffer. That's all for now. See you next week.