Sunday, March 22, 2009

Eighteen Small Bookplates

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Margaret Mc Causland- This is a hand colored universal bookplate .The artist Lucia Patton is a children's book illustrator and author.

Pat Lawlor was a book collector , author and journalist in New Zealand and Shibli Bagarag is a reference to character in The Shaving of Shagpat by George Meredith. I am not on firm ground with this assumption so please let me know if I am correct.

Margaret Williams- I know nothing about this bookplate but it is a delight to look at.

Let's face it , some Sunday mornings I have very little to say. That's why I like the collector profiles so much. It's a win -win situation you get seven days of fame and I do not have to write something when the creative juices are not flowing. If you want to participate send me a paragraph or two about yourself and your collection. A photograph would be helpful. If I make any minor revisions they will be sent to you before publishing. I am particularly interested in hearing from collectors in Europe , South America and Asia. Most of the profiles received so far have been from American collectors. Send your profiles to

I just took a book off the shelf called Design In Miniature by David Gentleman.It's about small things,coins, stamps, labels etc. which measure one or two inches across. A number of my favorite bookplates fall into this category. I know something about some of these bookplates and their artists and will try to fill in the blanks throughout the week. Stay Tuned.
In 2006 I wrote about some additional small bookplates. Here is a link:

Monday Morning, 3/23- I have started to fill in some background information about some of the bookplate owners and the artists who created their plates.

Mary Hastings Bradley( 1882-1976) Her plate was designed by CK Berryman .
Mrs. Bradley was a writer and explorer who took her six year old daughter on an African safari. The daughter Alice B. Sheldon became a popular science fiction writer using the male name James Tiptree Jr,

E. Wilkinson- Reasonable assumption , he was a naturalist.

Brooklyn Edison Library- Artist's initials F.B. Done in the early 1900's

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Rowe Wright - Was not able to find anything in initial Google search. There was an author listed with that name .The artist's cipher is distinctive so someone out there will probably recognize it.

John Gerard Heckscher ( 1837-1908) Plate engraved by Tiffany & Co. Mr. Heckscher had an extensive angling library and had several different bookplate by famous American engravers.

Katherine E. Derr-Artist E.T. Nelson . I bought this at the Kutztown extravaganza several years ago and have not found out anything yet about the owner or the artist. I thought it would be easy to find biographical information about the owner, especially with a street address and city listed on the bookplate but no luck so far.

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