Sunday, December 30, 2007
Bookplates Commemorating A Special Event
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
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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.
The theme of the exhibition was "The World of Exlibris".
The site was cafe Bukva, in Valjevo, Serbia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valjevo
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
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.
"...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.