Monday, October 29, 2007


Two more submissions were received for the bizarre bookplate contest. The hangman by Rockwell Kent was from Leslie Arthur of the William Reese Company and the deity below was given to me by Olli Ylonen ( I just spent ten frustrating minutes trying to insert an Umlaut but finally gave up) who I met at the Bookplate tour in Washington.The plate was designed by Heikki-Pekka Miettinen.
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The cover for a penny chapbook (caudernos) by José Guadalupe Posada shown above was a gift from Selva Hernández Lopez the president of the Asociación Mexicana D Exlibris. Click on the image to enlarge it .

The bookplate label shown below amused me. It was one of the items I got in an exchange with Mrs. Edith A. Rights Click On Images To Enlarge

Last week, The American Society Of Bookplate Collectors and Designers sponsored a two day tour of the major private and institutional bookplate collections in Washington D.C.

Our host James M. Goode arranged and coordinated the whirlwind schedule and the thirteen attendees who came from all over the world , are in his debt.

Here are just a few of the tour highlights:

The Library Of Congress has digitized some of it's collection. If you click on this link and enter bookplate in the search box you should (hopefully) get there.I just spent some time reviewing it myself and found it to be very user friendly and informative

I have always been fascinated by bookplates and inscriptions which shed light on an owner's personality. If you are wondering about the title of this week's posting , it is as I learned from Richard Kuhta , Curator at the Folger Shakespeare Library , a handwritten inscription in one of the the books owned by King Henry Vlll .This is in sharp contrast with the inscription in a book from his fourth wife Anne Of Cleves "When ye loke on this remember me"

See you next week.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

You might find this helpful:

It's a long list of HTML tags for umlauts and all sorts of odd symbols.