Saturday, January 31, 2009
Collector Profile Jim Lewis/ Bookplate Contest
NEW BOOKPLATE CONTEST
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Last year I held a bizarre bookplate contest which generated quite a few entries. I was unable to think of something different until I spotted this shoulder tattoo.
This years contest is very simple. Send me the word(s) that you think should be on the blank line of the shoulder tattoo
Your entry can be clever,witty, profound , inspiring etc , one word or many.
The judges (Mary and I ) will select a winner when the contest ends on March 2nd.
The winner will receive an engraved bookplate by Frederick Spenceley for President William Howard Taft.
All the collector profiles received so far have been from collectors here in the states. If you are in Europe, Asia, South America ,Australia or somewhere else send me a paragraph or two about yourself and your collection . I may edit it somewhat and send the revisions to you for approval.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Collector Profile, James Goode
For seventeen years before that, I served as curator of the original
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The Taylor and Smelt plates are from England.
The Ryder plate is by John William Evans
The Robert O. Foote plate is by Ruth Saunders
The Bookman plate is illustrated on P.126 in The Art Of The Bookplate by James Keenan along with several other punning bookplates
The Beach plate was done by Dr. A. W. Clark
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Here is what I did. I put a tablespoon of Clorox in a quart of water and soaked the plates for an hour.Then I poured out the water and re soaked the plates in tap water several times.The plates were then dried between paper towels with a book on top of them to prevent curling. It worked reasonably well but I am sure there are better alternative methods. If you search Google you will find many Voodoo remedies from using Kitty Litter to anti -perspirants.
Here is a sampling of what I found. I am interested in hearing about remedies that you have tried, which worked for you.
"Have successfully removed very strong musty smell from a book by fanning pages & spraying with with a dry anti-perspirant deodorant spray. Needed repeating treatment after a few days, but is now completely pong-free. "
" To really get rid of the mold odor on books you have to get rid of the mold. Spraying any liquid on a book or paper is going to damage the surface. That is why you need to use a gas product. Unfortunately most of the gas products are very toxic, and corrosive.There is, however, a new product on the market that I have used that gets both mold and smoke odors out of books. Its called OdorXit CLO2 and it really works. The product is little packets with powder inside. When they are exposed to water vapor, they produce a gas called chlorine dioxide that actually kills the mold and the spores without harming the paper or leather cover.I stood the books with the pages fluffed in an old school locker with the vents covered and a 5 gram packet in the top on the shelf and a very small fan running on low. In 2 days, the mold odor was gone and it didn't come back. It really worked for me. "
"I would like to mention that some of these tips might work, but they will also damage the book. Newspaper is an acidic paper, and if it comes in contact with your book, it could speed up the deterioration process. I'm sure you've seen books that have very brittle/yellowish pages...this is because of the acid in the paper. Also, sunlight is very bad for books, since it activates the acid. Although many books are being published now on non-acidic paper, it is still necessary to be careful. :)I've found that the Kitty Litter technique works well, but make sure you use a smaller container inside a larger container, so that the kitty litter and the book do not touch.Basically, you don't want stuff touching your books...it can be very damaging to them. You may not notice right away, but there are many things like sunlight and acidic papers that can shorten the lifespan of a book.Hope this helps!"
"I often buy used paperbacks books at the library thrift store. To ensure that I don't pick up some unwanted contaminant, I microwave them. The government does this to foods imported to the US and kills living things including mold. "
( Remind me not to sell this guy a fire insurance policy)
" I was told to cut up a grapefruit and put the piece of fruit with the open book in a plastic bag. I never heard how long etc. but they swore that works. "
1/15/2009- This was sent to me by Richard Schimmelpfeng.
OK Lew, here is my response. After you soak the stuff in the clorox and resoak in water you should make a saturation of baking soda in water, say a quart of water add as much baking soda as the water will take without leaving residue in the bottom, and then soak the cleaned plates in this solution, which should neutralize the chlorine in the paper. Then you dry the plates. This is the important step, neutralizing the chlorine. Actually I use a teaspoon in a quart of water.
Sunday's posting will be about punning bookplates.
Monday, January 12, 2009
This Week In Bookplates 1/12/2009
Papermania was exhausting You could not tell we are in a recession if you were an attendee. Many dealers reported brisk sales and prices seem to have risen. If you are in the New York City area this weekend there is a book show at the 25th street armory. Details are at this link:
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Bookplate Collector Profile ,Gabe Konrád
Name: Gabe Konrád (Rockford, Michigan, USA)
Occupation: I own and operate a small used and rare bookshop in the tiny village of Sand Lake, Michigan. We’re a “general stock” shop that includes a wide variety of non-fiction and children’s books.
Hobbies: I love bicycling, kayaking and hiking with my family . My daughter and I take karate classes together. I collect books that are related to my hobbies and in a past life I wrote several articles and contributed to a few books on bicycling history and touring. Now my writing centers mainly on poetry and I’m a member of the Poetry Society of Michigan.
Bookplate Collection: I’m new to collecting bookplates, having started about a year and half ago. I was infected with the collecting virus at a young age, so to keep the beast at bay I’ve tried to keep a relatively narrow scope to my collections. Currently I’m trying to put together a collection of plates that represent each designer featured in William E. Butler’s American Bookplates. No easy task. Anyone have a spare Paul Revere engraving? Cheap? I also have a few topical interests that include bookplates related to bookplates, insects, natural history, Michigan, libraries and institutions, printing, armorials, book labels," friend's" bookplates. I also have a small selection of bookseller labels as well as books with bookplates pasted in. I’d like to start a topical collection of martial arts bookplates, but I haven’t come across any
Saturday, January 03, 2009
California Houses On Bookplates
2/13/2013 Thank you Ann Pace for submitting the following Correction:
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I would like to showcase different bookplate collectors and their collections from time to time. Send me an email if you are interested in participating.