Monday, November 15, 2010

Back From Boston, Part Two

It is both time consuming, and great fun to learn about the owners and artists of bookplates.Here are two I purchased at the Boston Book Show. Helena McCann and Winston Guest were married in 1934. She was an heiress to the Woolworth retail fortune and he was an heir to the Phipps Steel fortune. He was among other things a leading international Polo player. Their bookplate was engraved in 1935 and the artist's initials are W.E.O. Does anyone know who this artist was ?
Beatrice Adams is a very common name and determining who she was is more difficult. The designer of her plate was Maurice Sullivan. If you want a copy of the Adams plate , I believe Tom Boss still has one left. His contact information
There is some speculation that she may have been the patron of the American artist Ralph Albert Blakelock but I suspect that is only wishful thinking.

See you on Sunday.

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