Saturday, October 18, 2008

Philatelic Bookplates

Last year I spotted the "exlibris tattoo" in Fine Books & Collections. The Bat Country books logo was first spotted several weeks ago at

It is attached to Nathan Roberts' arm and his blog is

Here is an assortment of philatelic bookplates from the libraries of collectors and stamp dealers.

John K. Tiffany was a very prominent stamp collector.Follow the link for more information
about him.

PHILLIPS, Charles James 1863-1940. Educated King Edward’s School, Birmingham. Trained as accountant. While employed at Birmingham Assay Office, became stamp dealer in Edgbaston, 1885. Founded Birmingham P.S. 1886. Published at Edgbaston, ‘The Stamp Advertiser and Auction Record’, which became Stanley Gibbons Monthly Journal when he acquired a controlling interest in that company in 1890. Wrote handbooks on Fiji [1908], Mexico [1917], Paraguay [1912], a history of Stanley Gibbons Ltd under the title ‘Fifty Years of Philately’ [1906], and ‘The Future of Philately from the Viewpoint of the Collector and Dealer’ [1924]. Disposed of his interest in the company to George Hamilton-Smith, 1922, and settled in New York. Dealt with sale of Henry J Duveen collection, and responsible for the lotting of the American section of Arthur Hind collection. Awarded Special Gold Medal of the Collectors’ Club. RDP 1921. Died in New York. His brother, William Henry Phillips (1864-1912), was also a director of Stanley Gibbons Ltd.

Designed by Carl S. Junge
For more information about Harry Lindquist follow this link:

Engraved by Harry L. Peckmore -Click on image to enlarge.
George T. Turner (1906-1980) was an expert on Internal Revenue Stamps and served as curator of philatelic holdings at The Smithsonian from 1958 to 1962

Engraved by Harry L. Peckmore

Two Pennsylvania stamp dealers

Brian Birch collects postal and philatelic bookplates and was kind enough to send me information about The Aberdeen And North Of Scotland Society bookplate .
If you have philatelic bookplates for sale or trade he can be reached at

"According to the Society records, the bookplate was designed in March 1912 by the Society’s then librarian, Peter John Anderson(1). The bookplate consists of the Society’s name on a lozenge background, in a rectangle constructed from four different printers ornaments, with a stamp in each corner. Although three of the stamps are classics from the 1840s and 1860s, the fourth is a relatively common Bavarian issue from 1911.

According to Anderson(2), The four corners of the bookplate were selected as representative of successful portraiture: Queen Victoria on the Black Penny of 1840; Washington on the U.S.A. 10c. of 1847; Hermes on the Greek issue of 1861; and the Prince Regent Luitpold on the Bavarian issue of 1856; while the border includes four varieties from the British Guiana provisionals of 1862. "


1. Jeffrey C. Stone: Private Correspondence.,November 2004 to March 2005
2. P.J. Anderson Scottish Philatelic Literature,1863-1923.,The Philatelist 1924,pp.1.9 & 5-7

Daniel Mitsui has gotten quite a few new bookplate commissions since I last wrote about him .Here is an up to date link.

Here is link for Shelley Lane Kommers ,a book illustrator who has some charming children's bookplates for sale

See you next week.

1 comment:

Nathan Roberts said...

I was quite surprised to see my tattoo on your blog.. I had not yet seen your comment on my blog about it. I guess that I do not have it set to notify me by email when a comment has been made.

I plan on getting more book and literary figure related tattoos in the near future. I will be posting photos of my new tattoos on my blog once they are completed.