Sunday, October 31, 2010

Raymond Nott of Roycroft

A  copy of  Bookplates Of the Club Of Odd Volumes arrived this week and it is an excellent reference.
My favorite  among the many examples in the book is for John Cotton Dana. Does anyone know who the artist was? You can still order a copy of the book from Tom Boss

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Three Bookplates designed by Raymond Nott. Please send me scans of other plates by him..They will be added to this posting.

Raymond Nott (1888-1948) was born in Kirksville, Missouri . He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and is best known for his pastel landscapes.

He began working at The Roycroft Studios around 1904 and by 1908 was appointed acting art director. At Roycroft he designed book covers, mottocards, and bookplates. To the best of my knowledge very little has been written about the bookplates he designed. It is my hope that some of you may know of bookplates not shown here and will send scans. They will be added to this posting. Please send your information and scans to

After joining the Navy at the outbreak of World War One, he was sent to San Diego, California. Upon discharge, he settled in Los Angeles. His paintings were handled there by the Bernay Gallery. Working in pastel and oil, he produced mountain landscapes á la Edgar Payne. Nott continued producing art works until his death in Los Angeles on December 6, 1948. Member: Sierra Club; Hollywood Athletic Club. Exhibited: Bernay's (Los Angeles); Hollywood Athletic Club, 1920s.
Here is a different cipher .Perhaps he used it on some of his bookplates.
See you next Sunday.

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