Sunday, April 04, 2010

This Week In Bookplates 4/4/2010

It's Easter Sunday and I  have an appropriate piece of ephemera to share with you.
 In 1918 John Wanamaker sent this card to friends and customers .For those of you not familiar with the name, he owned and operated the major Philadelphia department store  in the early 20th century.I have no idea who did the art work but it always pleases me to look at it.
I am so used to bookstore closings that it comes as a pleasant surprise when a new store of merit opens .
Mr. Jules Goldman  just opened a used bookshop in Philadelphia  at  29 north 2nd street .It is a few doors away from another excellent bookshop (The Book Trader)
Here is why I am going to be a regular customer. Mr.Goldman has been buying box lots at auctions for over thirty years so his inventory is quite large. I had many items  to choose from , at very reasonable prices..The plate shown below by C.Valentine Kirby was one of the ones  I purchased yesterday.

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Here is a Rockwell Kent Mystery that needs a solution.If you refer to the Dan Burne Jones 1976 Checklist of Kent bookplates ( page198 in  Rockwell Kent The Art Of The Bookplate  by Don Roberts) you will find a listing for Perry A. Molstad.It is not mentioned elsewhere in the book.The same checklist appears in the 1976 Yearbook of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers and it includes an illustration. The  yearbook illustration  is identical to the plate shown below.It looks very much like a Kent design but it  has no RK signature .There appears to be an initial c at the bottom of the plate.
It could also be a random part of the design and not an initial..
Hopefully someone more knowledgeable than me will be able to clarify the situation.
Was this a Kent plate which for some reason was omitted from the Roberts book ?
On the other hand could Dan Jones have been mistaken?
I probably have mentioned that I collect bookplates from the libraries of famous people.Sometimes the famous people are no longer household names. Dorothy Thompson (1894-1961) is a good example.

She was a radio broadcaster, syndicated columnist and writer  who reached millions of devoted followers .Her bookplate was designed by her husband Maxim Kopf.
On Friday April 9th I will be attending these two bookshows in New York City
If you plan to attend and have bookplates for sale or exchange I would like to hear from you
See you next Sunday.

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