Sunday, October 26, 2008
by Heinz Decker (Isbn 3-925300-44-9). It was published by The German Exlibris Society
The book is profusely illustrated and belongs in your reference library if you are interested in bookplates used by writers.The section that I found most interesting is called Erfundene,dedizierte und postume Dichterexlibris (loosely translated, with the assistance of Google it means invented and dedicated posthumously ) . Some of these "honorarium" plates are illustrated below.
I have unknowingly bid for several of them on Ebay .
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) by Michel Fingesten
Saturday, October 18, 2008
It is attached to Nathan Roberts' arm and his blog is http://batcountrybooks.blogspot.com/
Here is an assortment of philatelic bookplates from the libraries of collectors and stamp dealers.
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 , Mexico , Paraguay , a history of Stanley Gibbons Ltd under the title ‘Fifty Years of Philately’ , and ‘The Future of Philately from the Viewpoint of the Collector and Dealer’ . 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.
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 .
"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. "
Sunday, October 12, 2008
British Bookplates, More Research Required
The Plot Thickens: After I completed this weeks blog I started doing more research about Alex Allan , the spymaster. Around July 5th of this year he was found semi - conscious , in a pool of blood at his home.There are several conflicting news stories, pneumonia , poisoning ,a botched assassination attempt and then all news coverage seems to disappear. Very strange indeed.
Update- October 13th, 2008- I am truly impressed. Alex Allan promptly responded to my Email inquiry as follows:
Yes, the bookplate is mine. My wife was an artist, and a friend of Anne Jope's. She commissioned Anne to do the bookplate for my birthday one year.
I don't use any other bookplate, I'm afraid.
Alex Allan "
12/29/2014- Thank you Mr. Anker
"Dear Mr Jaffe,
I have very recently aquired an etching by Bertha Aiken Gorst, and during my research into this
artist/ etcher I came across your website on which I note that you have an etched bookplate
( Alice a proof etching 1914) by the above artist, and are requesting any information relating to Bertha Gorst.
I have manged to discover some biographical details which may be of interest to you,
which I have listed below.
Bertha Aiken Gorst. Ne: Mrs John . G. Aiken
1873 - 1938
Born in Thornton Hough, Wirral, Cheshire, England.
Resided in Llanyollen, Wales.
Bertha Gorst also included in:
Vol 8/ 2001
This information was taken from the
Lexikon der Exlibriskunstler.
I hope this information will be of some interest and assistance to you in your endeavours.
I am yours sincerely,
Keith Anker "
The signed engraved proof shown below was done by C. W. Sherborn for President Cleveland's wife Frances. Click on the image to magnify it and see all the details.
Mr.and Mrs. Diamond of Cleveland Ohio obtained the rights to use some of John Austin's book illustrations for their bookplates. Here are some links for additional information about John Austen:
I Have previously written about cutting edge technology in the Victorian era as depicted in bookplates. Here is one of the best examples. Update-Anthony Pincott has writtten to tell me that this plate was done by Thomas Erat Harrison.
Matilda Constance Ismay was the wife of the founder of the White Star Shipping Line. The artist whose cipher is in the lower right corner is unknown to me.
The plate shown below is one which was purchased on Ebay. The owner Harry Arthur James was interested in boxing, fishing and chemistry. The artist's initials look like T.W.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
How could I resist buying this bit of 1950's ephemera at a local flea market yesterday.
This small plate (1 1/8 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches high) was part of the Connecticut collection I recently purchased . At first I thought it was by Robert Cairns Dobson about whom I wrote last week but the artist's cipher is from someone else.I haven't a clue who did this one. If you recognize it please let me know.