Sunday, September 30, 2007
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Leather bookplates were used by many of the wealthiest American bibliophiles in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They are without question elegant but as a practical matter the oils in the leather tend to damage the pages they touch. Removal of leather bookplates when required can be done by inserting the tip of an X-acto blade under a corner and gently prying the plate upward. Most glue did not bond well and the plates usually can be removed intact.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
The Anna Porter plate is signed M.W.B. You can click on the image to enlarge it.My educated guess is that the artist is Mary Waterman Bonsall but I do not know that to be a fact. Something about the plate captivates me.
The hand colored mermaid bookplate above was signed by Bro. Chances are we will never find out who he or she was but I consider it bookplate folk art.
Until this morning I never took the time to find out who did the plate shown below.The artist Stephen W. Meader was the author of many children's books and I discovered an informative site about him www.southernskies.com/bio.asp
Seven Roads Gallery of Book Trade Labels
I have been very selective in choosing links and last night I revisited the Seven Roads Book Label Site. It is truly a labor of love and a visual delight. Click on the link above to see for yourself.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Bookplate Odds and Ends.
Consider this a" Saturday Night Special" On Sunday morning the blog will be posted on schedule.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Eye Related Bookplates
The bookplate for George Alexander Macbeth is illustrated on p.79 in Charles Dexter Allen's American Bookplates
I don't know who Huth was . In fact, there are many biographical gaps in this week's posting.If you have some information about any of these bookplate owners and want to share it let me hear from you. Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
Translation of the motto on Alfred Day's plate is several eyes see more than only one.
The artist for the M.C. Ennema was Anton Peck- Click on Images To Enlarge
Monday, September 10, 2007
The Adventures Of Isaac Titford
" This man is a great favourite of mine , not a direct ancestor but a more distant relation.Some while ago I published a book on the history of the Titford family from 1547 onwards.Nothing grand, mainly hard -working artisans. But I proved that everyone called Titford today is descended from one or two brothers living in Wiltshire England, in the 1550's, shoemakers and alehouse keepers.
Isaac Titford was larger than life.Born in Cranbrook, Kent, England; was a sword cutler in London; was bankrupt; joined the army as a surgeon in the 60th Regiment; went to America, was in the 1780's census for West Virginia; moved to New York in the 1790's, ran a shop selling all manner of things; a young boy relation drowned in his water closet so he moved from his Maiden Lane premises ; his two young daughters also drowned- in a pond in Rye, Westchester County, while playing with the daughters of James Fennimore Cooper, the writer.
Isaac won a gold medal from the Royal Society of Arts in London for importing cashew gum from Jamaica , whence he had moved and had a plantation; he fathered mulatto children; was imprisoned for debt; had his affairs sorted out there by his son from London ( William Jowett Titford,author of a well known book on the botany of North America)
Isaac returned to Cranbrook in England, worked as an apothecary, lived on for years and was buried in the churchyard."
On Wednesday , I will be going down to Washington for a book signing by President Clinton. If I can overcome the sense of intimidation I felt at his last book signing tour several years ago, I may muster the inner strength to ask him for a bookplate. Don't get me wrong , President Clinton has a gift and a talent, for putting people at ease. Any intimidation I may feel is self generated.Too bad he is not running again I would vote for him. Most of the other candidates are just not worthy of consideration and that includes the she -devil Hillary.
See you next week.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Tales From The Land Of Ebay.
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