Saturday, May 16, 2009

This Week In Bookplates 5/17/2009

Click On Images To Enlarge Bookplates by Roy Van Nice I hit pay dirt this week. A gentleman from the mid-west sold me a collection which focused on Chicago artists and bibliophiles . While cataloging a collection I go into overdrive, trying to learn all I can about the owners and their artists. Here are some bits and pieces I have put together .
Roy Blake Van Nice is not mentioned in any of the standard bookplate references. He was an artist for The Chicago Tribune . This is the only reference I have been able to find:

" Roy Blake Van Nice was born on 27. Dec. 1887 at Missouri. He was the son of Rev. Robert Little Van Nice and Ida Turrentine. Roy Blake Van Nice married Ada Joy Brown on 15. Feb. 1913 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Roy Blake Van Nice was an artist on the staff of the Chicago Tribune c 1918 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. "


DeLysle Ferree Cass was a minor pulp fiction writer.The artist's cipher on his plate is one I do not recognize.

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"The foremost artist of the Pilgrims was George H. Boughton (1833 - 1905). Boughton was born in England, but grew up in the United States. He returned to England in , and spent the rest of his life and career there. Reproductions of his paintings of scenes and characters from the Courtship of Miles Standish, such as the March of Myles Standish (1870), “Why Don’t You Speak For Yourself, John?” (188-), Priscilla and John Alden (1884) and Rose Standish (1891) were widely distributed. “Why Don’t You Speak For Yourself, John?” was even made into a popular drawing room sculpture by John Rogers (1829 – 1904), creator of the famous “Rogers’ Groups” parlor sculptures in 1885. Boughton also painted the famous Pilgrims Going to Church (1867, originally "The Early Puritans of New England Going to Church"), a scene he interpreted from a quote in W. H. Bartlett's The Pilgrim Fathers (London:1853, p. 237), The Landing of the Pilgrims and The Return of the Mayflower before 1870, after which he specialized in illustrations of Longfellow's Courtship"
The information about the artist along with the picture of Priscilla were copied from this website:
I will try to add a few more nuggets as they are unearthed.
Right now it's time to have breakfast.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


The artist's cipher on the DeLysle Ferree Cass plate seems clearly to be DFC--the author's initials, with the year '14. So Cass drew his own bookplate.