Saturday, October 02, 2010

This Week in Bookplates 10/2/2010

Title page to exciting new book by Tom Boss . See notice at the bottom of this posting.
Ashley Benham not only designs charming bookplates , she also has a nice way with words.
In the paragraph quoted below she expresses something I have also felt about the bookplates in previously owned books but was never able to articulate so skillfully.
Here is a link to the complete message on her blog.

"To celebrate my parents’ birthdays this month I made them both personalized ex libris plates. I’ve always liked the idea of the ex libris, and whenever I happen upon one in an old book I feel a deep and immediate connection to the previous owner, like it’s a taste of their personality. Each of these bookplates is reflective of their interests, though like most bookplates perhaps the images speak more clearly if you know my parents, and I’m happy with it that way. I hope you enjoy them, and that you have many good books in your future!"

Fellow collector James M. Goode has two new bookplates both of which are magnificent.

The giant anteater is a wood engraving by Richard Wagener .

The design is based on a bronze statue at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. by Edwin Springweiler.

The equestrian bookplate with Andrew Jackson was drawn by Richard E.Stamm. It is fashioned after the statue in Lafayette Park (Washington D.C.).In a cover note to me James mentioned that this was the first bronze sculpture cast in the United States (1853)

New Bookplate Book

To be published October 20th, 2010......Bookplates of The Club of Odd Volumes......A small number of this privately-issued book will be available to the general public. There are photographs of the plates of 168 past and present members(1887-2010), one bookplate per page with descriptions , those employing color printed in color. Includes the full text of Charles Dexter Allen's "A Talk on Book-Plates" given before the Club in 1901 and heretofore only available in the very rare Club edition.Bound in full blue cloth, 6 x 9 inches, 212 pp. and issued in a very limited edition. $50 plus $5 postage. Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax. Order from Thomas G. Boss Fine Books.

I still have difficulty( after 35+ years) identifying many printing techniques once I get past engraving, etching and woodcuts so I thought this identification link might interest you.

See you next Sunday.

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