Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bookplate Ephemera/ Carl Anders Breitholtz

I am always intrigued by ephemeral items relating to bookplates and bookplate artists Many of these scans relate to J.W. Spenceley , one of the foremost engravers during the" golden age "of American bookplates

Etched By J.W. Spenceley- Click on images to enlarge.

This is the artwork drawn by Carl Anders Breitholtz for his families archive at the Royal Library in Stockholm. Mr. Breitholtz paints heraldic subjects and illustrations for several publications. He particularly likes to draw subjects which relate to imagination and fantasy.

His website on heraldry ( mainly in English ) is

This is a sketch for a bookplate by J.W. Spenceley.It was done on the blank side of a business card(shown below) for practitioners of occult therapeutics .

I was sorting through a recently acquired bookplate collection when I came upon this embossed label for Mrs. Christian R. Holmes Collection.It didn't look like a bookplate so I Googled Mrs.

Holmes and it appears she was an authority on Ancient Chinese bronzes. I am assuming these labels were numbered and affixed to the underside of the items in her collection.

This is the reverse side of the sketch foe Levi Eaton's bookplate

Newsworthy- This week in bookplates:

Wolfgang Rieger's latest bookplate catalog is up and running.Here is a link:

There are two book shows in New York City this week. They both open on Friday April 3rd and I plan to attend both.

Here are the promoter's websites :

See you next week.

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