Saturday, May 24, 2008

This Week In Bookplates 5/25/2008

On Friday I went to The Archive in Lansdale , Pa.
If you collect ephemera and plan to be near Philadelphia it is well worth a visit. I found among other things , a bookplate from the library of Ellen Doubleday. She ran the company after Nelson Doubleday's death. Click on the image to enlarge and see books by many of Doubleday's authors.The artist's name is difficult to read but it looks like B. Feltt or Peltt.

In the early twentieth century light bulbs were cutting edge technology and worthy of recognition in bookplates. If you can't live without seeing more examples here is a link to a 2006 posting about them.

Henry Ottridge Reik, M.D.(1868-1938) was an author and Ophthalmologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Charles Cox is a professional bookseller in the United Kingdom with whom I have had most favorable transactions. He has cataloged and is offering books from John Fowles library with his bookplate. His email is

There is some confusion about who designed John Fowles bookplate. It is attributed by some as having been done by Reynolds Stone but I question this because it is not on any Stone checklists I know of, it does not look like Stone's style and the initials CN or possibly CW can be see on the plate. Here is a link to a very well written article by James Fergusson in the Times Literary Supplement about the John Fowles, Charles Cox, Brian North Lee and the joy of collecting.

Mr.Fergusson also mentions another John Fowles bookplate which Mr. Cox did not find in any of the books he cataloged.

See you next week.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bookplate Hunt ,Brooklyn New York

The latest issue of The Chronicle will be mailed out to members of the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers during the week of May 26th. I am taking a more active role in it's preparation and two articles in particular are noteworthy.There is a checklist of the bookplates of Ralph Fletcher Seymour plus a checklist of bookplates by Daniel Mitsui.
Here is a new bookplate recently completed by Daniel Mitsui for one of our new members, Gabe Konrad of Bayleaf Books:

For those of you who have three lifetimes to spend reviewing book related blogs here is the most complete resource I have found:

My blog evolved with no particular planning or forethought but frankly I am running out of steam . If you are a bookplate collector I would be delighted to write about your collection. If you are a bookplate designer I might feature you in a future posting. My contact email is
I will be in Brooklyn New York on June 9th and 10th . If you are in Brooklyn and have bookplates for sale or exchange, I would like to hear from you.
In the business section of the May 17th New York Times there was an interview with the president of Greyhound Bus Lines. He mentioned an online bus venture called Boltbus Out of curiosity I decided to make a reservation for my Brooklyn trip.Much to my surprise the total round trip fare Philadelphia to New York City was only $12.00
I always figure that if something sounds too good to be true it is probably flawed. So, if they strap me to the top of the bus with roosters in cages I will not be surprised . I will let you know after the trip is completed.

See you next week.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Let's Face It Ebay Really Works Well

Here is someting I purchased on Ebay last week which fits in nicely with my collection of bookplates from the libraries of famous people.The plate with the sailing ship is one that Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957) starting using around 1937.Pasted under it was a plate he used in the 1920's . I was able to get several additional copies from the seller and they will eventually be listed on Ebay.
Three generations of Jaffes plus one bear at the Brooklyn Flea on Sunday.

Most people seem to bitch and moan about Ebay but my experience has been much more positive than negative. Sure, there is lots of clutter and misrepresentation but at the end of the day, it works well for buyers and sellers. My friend and fellow bookplate enthusiast Anthony Pincott has listed about twenty bookplates for the Bookplate Society.Here is a link:

I don't have the patience to do searches on Ebay the way I used to but you can sometimes find hidden gems with spelling variations. When time permits I search for bookplate , book plate
ex libris , exlibris etc.

Later in the week I plan to list some bookplates on Ebay and I will add a link for them .
See you next Sunday.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

More about the Eatons

Birth Certificate
Christmas Cards

Illuminated Cards

Early in their venture the Eatons published under the name Valhal Studio and later changed the spelling to Valhall Studio.I am gathering biographical information about them but for the moment let me focus on the wide range of items they made besides bookplates. The uncolored illuminated cards were five cents each and fifty cents per dozen. I have not found any price list yet for the hand coloring. Since I have duplicate copies of some of these items I will put some of them on Ebay. Send me an Email if you would like to know when they are going to be listed.
This is the first Sunday I have skipped setting up at the flea market in Brooklyn
The weather forecast was for a 60% chance of rain . Unless it rains again I will try again next Sunday. It's Lot's of fun but the cost of participation , car rental and gas makes it difficult to make very much money so I may not be doing it too much longer.
See you next week.