Sunday, August 26, 2007

Where is Temple Emanuel ?

Daniel Mitsui is a very talented Chicago artist who has produced several bookplates.I was very impressed with his bookplate for Roseann Szalkowski and will be ordering a bookplate from him next week. Here is his Email
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I got back from Papermania late Saturday evening and woke up at 4 :30 A. M. to look at and sort all my purchases. In Hartford , I finally purchased a Leonard Baskin bookplate done for Temple Emanuel. I had been searching for this elusive plate for some time. My initial thought when I started looking six months ago was to call Temple Emanuel in New York City.Everyone knows Temple Emanuel is in New York City, right? I did not make the call because after searching on Google I found about twenty different places of worship with that name. Does anyone out there know which Temple Emanuel used this bookplate?

It was Tom Boss who actually found the plate for me . Since one good turn deserves another let me mention that Tom Boss is the only full time bookplate dealer in America . I have been buying from him for over twenty years and his inventory of American and European bookplates is awesome. He will send out bookplates on approval ,which in this day and age is very refreshing.


The late Brian North Lee wrote at least twenty books on British Exlibris .His library of over 700 books covers all periods and individual titles are being offered for sale by Claude Cox in London.

If you are in the Baltimore , Washington area there will be a prestigious antique and bookshow at the Baltimore Convetion Center from August 30th -September 2nd.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

More Unusual Bookplates and Random Thoughts on Retirement

I doubt that there are very many bookplates which indicate the exact latitude and longitude in which they were placed in a book. Using Google I tried to determine the location of the coordinates lat. 52.21, long. 20.48 and came up with something inside Poland. That does not seem right. Any navigators out there who can assist me?

Updates - 8/20/2007-Sean Tierney responded as follows:
"In reference to the Latitude and Longitude on the bookplate,what is missing is the distinction between N/S and E/W. You actually have four options:
52.21N 20.48 E
52.21N 20.48 W
52.21S 20.48 E
52.21S 20.48W

Sad that the detail wasn't included.Looks like 3 out of 4 are in the big blue.I couldn't find the ship's name on a quick Google search but some research might reveal the common steaming routes and give a hint."

George Eberhart of American Libraries Direct sent the following:
" I found a reference that the crew of the Alexander Marshall , among them Capt.Gardner, was picked up at sea somewhere in February 1880 by the Norwegian SS Thingvalla after the ship was abandoned leaky and dismantled.Nothing was saved. "
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"It may have been a ship of the Black Ball Line and according to
made a run from Liverpool to New York in 1872 in 25 days with both merchandise and passengers."

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The data processing card bookplate deserves further investigation. I do not think it belonged to the American biologist Raymond Pearl because he died in 1940

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The universal bookplate in green is printed on metal foil .Technically the other item is not a bookplate. I suppose you could call it a record plate.

Four months into retirement and I am ready to try something new. I always figured that all my outside interests and hobbies were enough to keep me busy but after a while it dawned on me that my make-up is such that I really need more structure (not too much) plus the challenge of closing a sale to keep me from going bonkers. I signed up for a real estate salesman's course at Temple University and if all goes according to plan I will start a new career.

This week I am going to Papermania Plus in Hartford

If you have bookplates for sale and are somewhere near Hartford, I would love to hear from you.
See you next week.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Unusual Bookplates

The Stanley Bradshaw bookplate is printed on cotton.I have no idea why fabric was used and have never seen any other fabric bookplates. Mr. Bradshaw, if you are alive and well I would love to hear from you.

After listing 20 bookplates on Ebay today I am weary so let me begin this brief posting by explaining what I hope to accomplish . Several weeks back I did a piece on bookplates from firehouses . That got me to thinking about other unusual places that use bookplates.I will be listing them over the next few days and adding more details about the two images below.Your scans for possible inclusion are most welcome. Send them to
In 1901 The Alton Road (railroad) hired J.W.Spenceley to engrave the bookplate shown above.
In writing about this subject in the Journal Of Library History (vol15,No.4) Phillip Metzger mentions that During the 1850's and 1860's , railroads began heavy competition for first class passengers and that the development of the "vestibule" or flexible covered connection between cars made it safe for passengers to move about the train. Railroads began attaching parlor cars to their crack trains and the parlor car shortly thereafter became the " library -buffet smoker car".
"The Chicago and Alton(C&A) traced it's roots back to 1846, eventually developing a triangular route between Chicago, St . Louis, and Kansas City.The C& A also carried President Lincoln's body on the final leg of it's journey to Springfield. In 1900 The Alton Limited was probably the premier train of the ten or eleven the C&A ran daily, leaving Chicago every morning at 11 A.M. and arriving in St. Louis at 4:30 P.M."
M.C. D. Borden hired E.D. French to engrave the bookplate shown above for his yacht.

Click on the link above to see the bookplates I have listed on Ebay.



I am feeding my habit today by putting bookplates on Ebay. The blog will be updated this evening . In the meantime, I found a very informative site about the bookplates of Alexandre De Riquer . Click on the orange link above .
The images may impress you . See you later in the day.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

175 Year Journey To Philadelphia from Bradford Mass.

Some time prior to 1940 Edith Gregory Halpert of the American Folk Art Gallery in New York City purchased a group of water colors in Cambridge , Massachusetts. Many were by Nancy Gage Ingersoll ((1787-1845) and her son John Gage Ingersoll (1815-1889)
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On January 31st through February 2nd, 1985 Sotheby's in New York City held an auction of important Americana . Lots 405 through 410 were the Ingersoll items from the American Folk Art Gallery. Lots 409 and 410 were purchased by The Smithsonian Art Museum .
Lot 408 , seven framed watercolor bookplates did not meet their reserve price. Although the description in the catalog states nine items the photo shows only seven. Several years later the framed group of seven were sold at an auction in Washington, D.C. where they were purchased by a collector who kept them in in his home for twenty years. The collector recently moved and decided to sell them. They were offered to me and I was predisposed to buy them so they were shipped to me on approval.

The bookplates arrived and I barely touched the edge of one which flaked off .These items although originally drawn on acid free paper had been mounted on a highly acidic board which had darkened the paper and made it brittle. All items have now been removed from the acid board and temporarily stored in a protective setting. The next chapter in this 175 year journey is to find a paper conservator who can deacidify the paper without damaging the images. I will keep you posted as to my progress.

The image shown below is a rebus bookseller's label in a copy of The Anatomie Of Mortalitie
in the possession of Hosea Baskin. It is a puzzle that calls for a solution.What does it signify and where did it come from ? If you have information about this label please contact Mr. Baskin

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