Sunday, November 25, 2007

eBay Seller: bookplatemaven:

It's Saturday afternoon December 1st. and I just got the Novakow submission from Michael Cook. Mary and I will make the final selection this evening and the winner will be announced on Sunday morning.
Jerry Morris submitted the Waldo Leon Rich bookplate .Mr.Rich (1853-1930) was a bank teller from Saratoga Springs, New York who among other things collected,birds, butterflies, and rare books.
The bookplate shown above was submitted by Clifford Walker.It was done by Jelena Kiseljova.
The final week of the bizarre bookplate contest is upon us.
If you have been meaning to submit a plate the clock is ticking. Send your scan to

Three plates were submitted this week. The doctor's plate (remind me to cancel my appointment with Dr. Brauer ) was submitted by Colin Walsh who under the supervision of Sarah Burge is in the process of digitizing the medical bookplate collection of the Cushing Whitney Medical Historical Library at Yale University.
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The Monica and Norman Ewer plate by Frederick Carter was submitted by fellow bookplate enthusiast Stephen Pochin.

The Darlene J. Butler plate by the Dutch artist Pam Rueter (1906-1998) was submitted by Wally J. He is an advanced collector of Pam Rueter bookplates and ephemera. If you have Rueter items for sale or possible exchange he can be reached at Wallyj(at)ix(dot)netcom(dot)com

I have to admit that choosing a winner from among the sixteen plates received so far is not going to be easy. Tune in next Sunday to see what Mary and I have decided.

I spent a few hours last night and this morning putting duplicates for sale on Ebay.I have seventeen items listed so far and will add about eight more before the day is over. Click on the link above to see what I have to offer. The Leonard Sillman Plate is one that was put on Ebay. I am intrigued by this plate because I would like to know who this guy was (is).There is a Leonard Sillman who produced the New Faces musical reviews on Broadway.Perhaps he is the owner.I just ordered his autobiography at ABE Books to see if I can find a clue. .

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Boston Trip/ Roycroft/ Christmas Gift Ideas

This is a scan of the completed dragonfly bookplate by Daniel Mitsui
It was printed by The Ascensius Press I guess this was a Christmas gift to myself because I really did not need another bookplate. On the other hand It gives me great pleasure to own this miniature print by an extremely talented artist.

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I just returned from Boston where I attended a book show on Friday and an ephemera show on Saturday.The Benedict Prieth plate was purchased from Tom Boss . It was designed by Samuel Warner at Roycroft. If you are thinking about a Christmas gift for someone special you may want to contact Tom because he maintains the largest inventory of old bookplates in the U.S. He can sort by country, style, artist or subject. His email is

While I am at it here are some additional Roycroft bookplates. If you want to see more go to They have one section on bookplates of the Hubbard family and another on bookplates by Dard Hunter.

No submissions to the bizarre bookplate contest were received this week. Two more weeks and the contest ends. The winner will receive a bookplate by Jessie M. King. Send your submissions to
I have some duplicate bookplates for sale on Ebay If you look for the words advanced search and search by seller name, enter Bookplatemaven to see some of the treasures I have listed.
Have a nice holiday and I will see you next week.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

More Bizarre Bookplates/Thank You Dr.Radbill

When I started to get addicted someone suggested I contact Dr. Samuel X. Radbill who was in his eighties at the time and had a very large bookplate collection. I called him , introduced myself and we had a brief conversation which I will never forget. He said , Do you want to know the secret of building a world class collection ? It's simple, just outlive the other collectors.
At the time it amused me but as I get older and am buying the collections of departed friends his words come back to me.
This week I began sorting through a significant collection I purchased . The images shown are from the collection and need to be researched.
If you click on the Anne Kirkham Allen plate it will enlarge and you will see all kinds of little critters on the outer edges. If you know something about the owner or the artist please let me know.

The cat plate for GM is in some reference book I own but I can't recall which one it is. At first I thought it was by Gordon Graig but I just reviewed The Bookplates Of Edward Gordon Craig by John Blatchly and did not find it.

This, I assume is a punning plate for someone named archer.

If you want to find out who John Gawsworth was go to Http://

This weeks submissions to the bizarre bookplate contest are shown below.

The ode to a typewriter was submitted by Tom Boss-Click on images to enlarge.
The Dragon bookplate was designed and submitted by Jeff Gregory
The Gino Sabattini plate by Sergio Burzi was submitted by Nina Allen.
The bizarre bookplate contest will end on Saturday December 1st and the winner of the Jessie M. King bookplate will be announced on Sunday December 2nd. To enter the contest send your bizarre bookplate scan to

I will be in Boston November 17th because two great shows are run in tandem .One for Antiquarian books and the other for books and ephemera. For more details follow these links:
See you next Sunday.
Update- Monday evening November 12th - I have listed 15 bookplates on Ebay. My seller name is bookplatemaven.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Bookplate News From Around The World

Wall Street Journal Article by Joanne Kaufman- Click on image to enlarge.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Two recent finds from the estate of a collector in California.
The American Kennel Club plate was designed in 1936 by Edwin Megargee (1883-1958)
Edith Head (1897-1981) the famous Hollywood costume designer had a plate made with silver or aluminum foil laminated to paper.Click on the images to enlarge.
No submissions for the bizarre bookplate contest were received this week.

Orlando Florida
Earlier this year I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the personalized bookplate business of Antioch Publishing having been sold to Bookplate Ink
While in Washington last week I met Karen Gardner the firms owner and I am very impressed with the quality and reasonable pricing of this firms bookplates. Now is the time to think about getting yourself and your friends an affordable Christmas present that will be used for many years to come.

Collector Jean -Marc Barféty has a great site.

The World
The InternationalFederation Of Exlibris Societies has a very informative site with excellent links

That's all for today.