Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bookplates Commemorating A Special Event

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE From time to time I get bookplates specifically prepared to announce or commemorate an event. The "I am pissed off" bookplate shown above always brings a smile to my face.

The Last Political Prisoner plate shown below has always been a puzzlement. It is in several major collections and this is what has been unearthed so far: "This Music Crept" is from The Tempest and was incorporated word for word by T.S. Eliot in his chapter 3 "The Fire Sermon" in The Waste Land.

240 years ago Teiley Blaksslee purchased a book and had a special book plate prepared.It is a large label measuring 80x 178 mm border to border.It must have been placed in a large quarto or folio volume. It is speculated* that he lived in Connecticut and was somehow affiliated with a printer. *REF. P. 304 Bookplates In The News by Audrey Spencer Arellanes

On New Years Day 1849 Oren and Sally Sheldon of Mount Morris , New York invited their three sons and four daughters along with their Pastor , Rev. C.H.A. Bulkley to their father's home for a very special celebration. Each sibling was presented with a six volume set of Henry's Commentary. The bookplate shown below was inserted in each of the forty two volumes.


One of the functions of this blog is to act as a clearing house for bookplate news and events from around the world. In this instance the event was a bookplate exhibit at a coffee house in Serbia.

I can't be more specific as the You Tube video is not in English.

That's all for this year. HAPPY NEW YEAR


olli said...

This exlibris exhibition shown on YouTube was from the collections of Zoran S. Stamenkovic, member of the Belgrade (Beograd) Exlibris Circle

The theme of the exhibition was "The World of Exlibris".

The site was cafe Bukva, in Valjevo, Serbia

Interviews of Zoran S. Stamenkovic and Nebojsa Radinovic (producer of the exhibition) are included.

Bookplates in the exhibition are from Europe but some as far as Japan and Argentina

Olli Ylonen

Sean said...

I'm going to guess that the 'political prisoner' bookplate has something to do with the IWW riots leading up to and including time during WWI. Many of the union members involved with the IWW were put in prison under the sedition act, and was felt that they were denied their freedom of speech/assembly merely because they were (among other things, of course) against American involvement in the war.

Most arrests/convictions under the sedition act happened between 1918 and 1920, so I would assume that the last of those convicted were released in 1923.

This is merely speculation on my part, though, and I can't back it up with any hard evidence.

Robin and Colin said...

In the book "American Political Prisoners:Prosecutions Under the Espionage and Sedition Acts" by Stephen M. Kohn

"...Robert Connellan, Secretary of the IWW local in Stockton, California, who was convicted at the mass IWW trial in Sacramento and sentenced to ten years in prison. he served in Leavenworth Penitentiary from July 1918 to December 22, 1923."

His is the only political prisoner release I could locate for that particular date within/concerning the US.