Sunday, September 27, 2009

Edmund H. Garrett

This is a photo of Edmund H. Garrett of Boston Mass.(1853-1929) It was probably taken in the 1890's. He completed at least 83 bookplates during his lifetime. Fifty Seven of them are in a 1904 checklist which I have copied from The Bookplates of Edmund H. Garrett written in 1904 by William Howe Downes. Dr. William E. Butler has in his collection about 26 additional Garrett plates not listed below . I will try to get a list of those names for future publication. Most of the items I chose to scan are pictorial because of my own bias. He also did many armorial plates.

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A growing number of institutions are digitizing their bookplate collections. Here is an one from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
Next week I will be writing about bookplates and Detriot, Michigan.
See you then

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Edwin Davis French

Edwin Davis French (1851-1906) working alone in his studio engraved over 200 bookplates that we know of. From time to time he collaborated with other artists and those bookplates were often quite different in appearance from his traditional armorial plates. Here are some examples.:
The Authors Club bookplate was designed by George Wharton Edwards in 1897.

This bookplate for William Henry and Katherine French Burnham was designed by E.D. French and engraved by James Webb.It is not mentioned in Edwin Davis French, A Memorial by Mary Brainerd French so it is , for the moment a puzzle.

In 1906 The Cosmos Club, which incidentally is still active asked one of their members
William Fuller Curtis to design a bookplate.

The Charles L. Dana plate was designed in 1898 by A. Kay Wormath

Mabel Carleton Gage designed this plate in 1902.

This Harvard plate was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue in 1901

This plate designed in 1896 by Edmund H. Garrett is quite rare.

The Players plate was designed in 1894 by Howard Pyle.The image shown above is a photogravure reduction three inches high, retouched with graver by Mr. French but without his signature.

The James Edmund Scripps plate was designed by Albert Kahn in 1896
9/21/2009 David W. Lowden sent me the following information :
" I was intrigued by the Albert Kahn designed plate pictured in the E. D. French writeup. As you may know, Kahn was a noted Detroit architect (he founded his firm in 1895, one year before the plate). His early designs were in the Arts & Crafts style; his later (more famous) work was in industrial design (especially for the auto companies). He was the architect for George Booth's Cranbrook House (1908), were he and his wife (Ellen Scripps) lived. Ellen was the daugher of James Edmund (your bookplate owner). Booth was also the founder of the Cranbrook Press"

The Herman Simon plate was designed in 1904 by Mr. French's son -in -law Tom Tryon

Designed by Thomas Tryon for the library on board Mr. M. C. D. Borden's Yacht Sovereign. The owner objecting to the" Crown," Mr, Tryon designed a second plate, slightly differing in some details, and in which an Eagle was substituted for the Crown. The first, or " Crown," plate exists only in proof state, and is one of the rarest of the plates engraved by E.D.. French. During the Spanish American war, the yacht Sovereign was purchased by the United States Government and renamed the Scorpion

Designed in 1904 by Pierre de Chaignon La Rose a member of the English department at Harvard University.

E. B. Bird designed the plate for Charles H. Taylor Jr. in 1896

This is one of my favorites of the collaborations . It was designed by Howard Pyle.
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

What Do Jackie Kennedy & Anthony Quinn Have in Common ?

Here is a link to a Paul Klee bookplate which I had never seen before.
If you have very , very deep pockets it is also being offered on Ebay ( not by me) with a starting price of $2004.48. I want to thank Dave Dubé for sending me this information. His blog is

Wallace Reid was a silent movie star who designed his own bookplate. Four of the five celebrity bookplates in this posting were designed by their owner's. The one exception is Paulette Goddard whose husband (at the time) Charlie Chaplin designed her bookplate.

Here are a few more bookplates with maps to add to last weeks posting.

William Emil Belanske was a watercolor artist and curator for the William K. Vanderbilt II collection.

The Sanford Bookplate has a rubber stamp mark from the recently closed Acres of Books in California.
One last thing: If you decided not to bid on the Paul Klee Bookplate you may still be interested in some of the bookplates I have listed on Ebay.
Here is a link :
See you next week.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Bookplates With Globes or Maps

Gordon Pfeiffer is a Delaware book collector who has an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. He recently had a bookplate designed by Ian Schoenherr
which was printed slowly and patiently via letterpress by Lead Graffiti

Bookplates with maps and globes in their design are of great interest to me so Gordon's plate is a welcome addition to my collection. In 1940 Maude Earle Wesby wrote a book about this collecting theme.It is Bookplates with Globes or Maps in Design . All the bookplates that follow can be enlarged by clicking on an image. In some instances I know something about the owner or artist and have included the information. Others have been left blank. If you have some knowledge to share please send it to

These two plates were engraved by Sidney Lawton Smith. On John Farwell's plate the reproduction of Ortelius's map of 1570 expresses his interest in early American cartography.

If you love ephemera The American Antiquarian Society deserves your support.

These two plates were engraved by Roy Cooney who was a map engraver before he retired.

This plate was probably done in the 1930's or 40's and I always assumed Bill and Betty liked to travel around the pacific northwest with Betty Boop.

The Cosmopolitan Club plate was designed by Violet Oakley

If you look up Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn you will be surprised at the great number of celebrities who attended classes there. Here is a partial list:
Dick Powell,actor
Barbara Stanwyck, actress
Elia Kazan, author, stage and screen director
Dorothy Kilgallen, syndicated columnist
.Bernard Malamud, writer
Eli Wallach, stage and screen actor
Jeff Chandler, screen actor
Susan Hayward, screen actress
Beverly Sills, opera singer
Robert Silverberg, author
Lainie Kazan, singer and entertainer
Neil Diamond, singer and entertainer
Barbra Streisand, singer and actress
Bobby Fischer, chess champion
Gabriel Kaplan, TV actor and comedian
In answer to the question some of you may be thinking , no I did not go to that high school

The Lawrence Ryan plate was designed by Maxwell Hamilton Knoll. Mr. Ryan's sister was Clare Ryan Talbot the author of Historic California in Bookplates.

If you have any bookplates with maps or globes send me a scan and I will add them to this posting.
See you next week.

9/8/2009 I have listed 16 bookplates on Ebay and plan to list an additional 8 0r 9 in the next day or so.
Here is a link: