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:

1 comment:

MrCachet said...

Speaking of bookplates, did you see this one on eBay? #300346093453