Thursday, November 05, 2009
Let The Buyers Beware
"Notably, volume bears the bookplate of "Alexander Hamilton", presumably the famous American statesman. Bookplate dates from the 18th century and was pasted over scribbled annotations on verso of front cover [see images]. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, economist, and political philosopher. He led calls for the Philadelphia Convention, was one of America's first Constitutional lawyers, co-writing the "Federalist Papers", a primary source for Constitutional interpretation."
This is not the bookplate of Alexander Hamilton the American statesman.In fact, it is not an American bookplate.
Last week another dealer offered me a bookplate that was also questionable. It may have been what he claimed it was but when I asked him to cite some sort of reference he finally sent me the following :
"Sir, I bought the book from an estate sale of a collector in Los Angeles. He had other rare collector books as well as signatures and autographs. Apparently he was well known for his collection. I was told the bookplate was authentic by his wife, and also saw the small penciled notation in the book that stated that it was when they purchased it. I hope this helps "
Sorry pal, that's not good enough for me. See you on Sunday.
Thanks as ever for your always informative blog!