Sunday, November 29, 2009
Theatrical Bookplates Act Two
Many thanks to Chris for sending the Eva Le Gallienne scan and to Karen for sending me information about the Antioch universal plate used by Larry Gelbart ( by my definition theatrical includes TV) Let's start with the mystery bookplate used by D. McK. W. For all I know he or she could have been the head usher at the Dewey theatre in Brooklyn but something about the plate suggests celebrity. Does anyone recognize the name http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Le_Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne's bookplate was designed by Waslav Richard Rychtarik in 1926.It features a quotation from Ibsen
( Listen to Fred DuPrez preform)
Frank Fay with his first wife Barbara Stanwyck
The universal plate used by Larry Gelbart was originally distributed by Antioch Bookplate and is still available from Bookplate Ink.Follow this link for ordering information:
"David McKay Williams", who was director of music many years ago at NYC's famed Riverside Church - but why the masks on a musician's plate? Must be someone else."
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Theatrical Bookplates Part One
If I find a bookplate related to any aspect of the film or stage professions I usually buy it. If you immediately recognize more then three of these celebrities it means you are either much older than I am (72) and you are to be congratulated for your great memory or you are a film/theatre buff.
Biographical links have been added if you want to learn more and I have indicated the bookplate artists wherever possible. If you have any theatrical bookplates to share with us please send a scan to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
TheFania Marinoff plate was done by Willy Pogany
Next week I will add another group of theatrical bookplates.See you then.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Back From The Boston Book Shows
On the train to Boston I read a great book by Mary Roach about grave robbers, cadavers and anatomy. It was surprisingly interesting and not as ghastly as it sounds.
Here are a few of the bookplates I brought home .
I tried to look up some of these people on Google but much to my dismay the increased listings for FaceBook users overwhelms the entire search process.
Novel themes on bookplates are always desirable . Mr Frisbie chose a Dung Beetle. I wonder why?
These two plates for the W.B. Kellogg foundation were done by Grace Hoyt , another artist about whom I know nothing. The images can be enlarged by clicking on them.
This pictorial plate by Tiffany Studios was probably done around 1925 . In searching Google I came up with a passing reference to a Veronica Sammel who was "The Queen Of May" at Marymount College in 1931. In any event I do have a duplicate of this one , for sale or trade.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
California Birds, Bookplates and Booksellers
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.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Collector Profile Robert J. Weinberg
Bookplate Collector Profile - Robert J. Weinberg
One day in the 1960's, I was at my mother's house. She was a member of the Book of the Month Club. I opened one of her books and noticed a bookplate with her name on it given to her by the BOMC. I thought that would be fun to collect -only I would like famous Americans.
The first person I wrote to was Eleanor Roosevelt who was living in New York City and writing her column called "My Day". I wrote-" Dear Mrs. Roosevelt-I am a bookplate collector. Do you have a bookplate?" One week later, she responded by saying she did not have a bookplate but thanked me for writing. WOW. A personal letter from Mrs. Roosevelt.
The next person I wrote to was Bennett Cerf, President of Random House. Again, the same query as with Mrs. Roosevelt. A week later, he replied-" Dear Mr. Weinberg- Thank you for writing. I am enclosing two bookplates designed for me by Rockwell Kent." That was my watershed moment!!! I was hooked.
As my American collection grew over the years, I noticed that I had several bookplates on Lincolniana--books and library collections about Lincoln. I am a great admirer of Lincoln, probably due to my high school days, when I memorized the Gettysburg Address. He gave me inspiration then and still does.
My quest for Lincoln continues.
If you have any Lincoln bookplates for sale or exchange please let me know
These two were etched by Bernhardt Wall
The Charles W. McLellan plate was engraved by A.N. Macdonald
This is the sixth or seventh American collector profile which has been published.I look forward to getting more submissions from collectors in Europe,Canada , Asia, and other countries outside the U.S.. If you do not speak English fluently your profile will be edited and spell checked.