Sunday, April 05, 2009

Harold Berliner /Claude Lovat Fraser

An illustration from The Bookplate Designs Of Claud Lovat Fraser by Brian North Lee , printed by Harold Berliner
One of the joys of this strange hobby is exchanging duplicates with complete strangers who become "bookplate friends" . I received these plates from Harold Berliner , a retired lawyer and an accomplished printer. His bookplates were designed over forty years ago by Clemens Schmidt. The symbols on both reflect his interest in Christianity, bookmaking and the law.

After obtaining a copy of his private press book The Bookplate Designs Of Claud Lovat Fraser

I wrote to him and asked for a brief biography. Here is what he sent:

"A short life story. I have printed since age 16, in San Francisco. 1944-45 printed at Notre Dame where I graduated from Law School. From 1946 onward I printed in Nevada City. From 1946 to about 3 years ago, practiced law from Nevada City including 17 years as Nevada County District Attorney. My interests were consumer protection and the environment, mostly dealing with subdivided lands. At nearly 86, slowing down in printing, but will begin selling again in a month or so. The Lovatt Fraser book at $57 is not subject to discount and is available. My web site is

I have a Chandler & Price open press, a large (about 20 x 35) Heidelberg and a few windmills, all in good working condition. "

The book is a delight and I am glad to have a copy in my library.

I picked up two interesting bookplates this week .The Harold Wright Hack plate was designed by Margaret Neilson Armstrong (1867-1944) whose decorative book covers are highly collectible. The Youth's Companion Magazine plate has the initials FD which means the artist may have been Francis Delehanty .

Looking at links takes time so I usually try to include only one per week . I have seen so many good ones recently that I decided to list three of them with brief descriptions.

Charles Ellwood Jones began a project to catalog the bookplates of scholars in ancient studies and has updated it on a regular basis.

Larry T. Nix is a library buff and has written about the Antioch Bookplate Company and its founder Ernest Morgan

Chuck Whiting has a great blog about bookish ephemera.

That's about all for now. See you next week.

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