Sunday, October 10, 2010

This Week in Bookplates 10/10/2010

The bookplate shown above was used in the portable libraries sent to American Light Houses.

Here is a link with more details:


Here is a link with some biographical information about Sabato Morais whose bookplate is shown below.
After this was published I received the following email from fellow collector Bernatd Goldblum:
Dear Mr Jaffe, Renewed congratulations on your weekly articles. I would be interested to know on what you base this week the attribution of the Hebrew bookplate to Sabato Morais. The Hebrew at the top reads 'From the books of Nehemiah Samuel Libovitch'. An entry in the Encyclopedia Judaica (XI,190) reates to Samuel Nehemiah Libovitch (1862-1939) who was a businessman, scholar and writer and this would seem to be his bookplate. Kind regards, Bernard Goldblum.
I also received this Email from Israel Mizrahi :
Good Morning,
Thank you for the mention, very much appreciated!
I think I was indeed misunderstood with the bookplate, the Morais was the one I could not find at the moment, the bookplate is of NECHEMIA SHMUEL LEIBOWITZ author and bibliophile
here is a brief bio of him
Samuel Nehemiah Libowitz (1862–1939), writer on Jewish subjects. Born in Kolno, Poland, he emigrated to America in 1881. He traded in precious stones and was so successful that he could afford to print over twenty books in limited editions. He corresponded with eminent Jewish scholars including Israel Davidson, to whom he wrote 107 letters, which he later published himself in 1933. His works include: Peni'el (1914), a collection from Jewish literature on the subject of death; Ha-Mavet be-Fanim Sohakot (1917); Sefer Sha'ashu'im (1927); and Ha-Shome'a Yizhak (1907), sharp-witted jokes and original interpretations of the rabbis and from the Middle Ages; Judah Aryeh Modena bi-Demuto ve-Zivyono (1896); Kitvei ha-Rav Yehudah Aryeh mi-Modena (1936); and Doresh Reshumot ha-Aggadah (1893, 19202, 19293), explanations of several aggadot of the Talmud. He also edited and published Ozar ha-Hokhmah ve-ha-Madda (1897), in collaboration with Jacob Reifmann, Moses Reicherson, Solomon Rabin, and others. In several of his works he violently polemized against such scholars as R. Isaac Hirsch Weiss, Ze'ev Schorr, Radkinson, Saul Tchernichowsky, and Joseph Klausner. He emigrated to Palestine in 1927, but his longing for his children took him back to America

Israel Mizrahi
P.S. you can link to me much easier at
I found a treasure trove of Judaica bookplates earlier this week.

I was very impressed with the dealer who got them for me. Here is his contact information.

Israel Mizrahi,

Here is a link with some biographical information about David de Sola Pool.

Here is a link with some biographical information about Isaac Landman:
Daniel Mitsui has added a number of new bookplates to his site. Here is a link:
That wraps it up for this week. See you next Sunday.

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