Saturday, February 26, 2011

This Week In Bookplates 2/27/2010

Later this week I week I will be in Washington D. C. for 36th annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. While there I also want to see this exhibit at the German Ambassador's Residence:

Here is a link with information about the Washington Book Fair: Mrs. Lukacs was probably an English teacher. Her plate was on Dr. Rieger's monthly List.
Here is a link:

This plate was sent to me earlier this week. It is unusual , amusing and not soon forgotten.
For those of you planning a bookish trip to England here is an excellent site :
If you are in the Washington , Virginia area and have bookplates for sale or exchange please contact me
See you next Sunday.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Five Years and Still Going Strong

Ernest G.Vielehr was an American painter about whom I have not found any biographical information. It is my assumption he designed this bookplate for Ernest Byfield who was a Chicago hotel owner . So what we have right now are assumptions and speculation. It's a start anyhow. I purchased this plate from Tom Boss He has other bookplates for sale by this artist.

2/21/2011-Before the ink had a chance to dry, Suzanne sent me the following biographical information about Ernest George Vielehr. Thank you Suzanne.

Ernest George Vielehr
Born 23 July 1891 or 23 July 1894 in Rochester, NY (he reports different dates on the WW I and WWII )
Draft Registrations)
In 1917 worked for the Commercial Color Type Co., 401 South Clinton St., Chicago, IL
and lived at 9763 Beverly, Chicago, IL; he listed is occupation as “artist”

He was of medium height, stout build and had blue eyes and light brown hair.

He married Anna M. O’Hara on 31 March 1916 in Lake County, Indiana

In 1942 he lived at 7840 Elmgrove Drive, Elmwood Park, Cook Co., IL, and he was employed by
Andrew Wallach Studios, 205 W. Wacker, Chicago, Cook, IL

He is listed in Who Was Who in American Art: 400 Years of Artists in America, Second Edition,
three volumes, edited by Peter Hastings Falk, Madison, CT, published by Sound View Press, 1999

Jennifer Kennard
has a blog about typography, books and printmaking and would like some assistance in learning who designed some Czech bookplates. Here is a link to her blog:

About two years ago (see link below) I wrote about a lovely bookplate designed by Cleonike Damianakes (Wilkins) whose pen name is Cleon.Yesterday I found another bookplate she designed.This one was done for Max and Jean Meyer.

January 2011 was the beginning of my fifth year as a blogger . Here are some readership numbers for my blog (from Sitemeter) . The percentage of U.S. viewers is down slightly and worldwide viewers have increased . China never shows up in these statistics but I know I have many readers on the Chinese mainland. I assume this has to do with Chinese Internet restrictions. On average I get 95 viewers each day and many of them come from Google searches. In addition, I have about 185 weekly subscribers on Feedburner plus 79 Google followers.

Looking forward , I would like to make this a more collaborative project with more guest writers and more collector profiles . Submissions should be sent to

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Globe-Wernicke Bookplates by Michele Behan


I first encountered Globe-Wernicke bookplates on eBay. As both a postcard and bookplate collector, I found their advertising postcards fascinating. Each over sized Globe-Wernicke postcard included a detachable section at the top to request samples of bookplates, along with a copy of a booklet titled “The World’s Best Books.”
The bottom of each postcard included two perforated bookplates, some in black and white and some in color, to be pasted in books, with Globe-Wernicke advertising printed on the back. Obviously, the uncut examples I acquired on eBay had never actually been used as bookplates.
Once Globe-Wernicke received a postcard back from an interested customer, they would send out a standard form letter, including the advertised booklet plus a small supply of bookplates. They would then offer to sell more bookplates at the rate of 75 cents per thousand, 50 cents per five hundred or 15 cents per hundred.

The letter would then go on to state, “What we are particularly interested in, is furnishing you with Globe-Wernicke Sectional Bookcases to house your library...”
A website chronicling postcards of Cincinnati businesses has identified 12 separate Globe-Wernicke bookplate designs.
I have four of their designs in my own collection. Surprisingly, while an artist’s signature on a bookplate is generally considered to be a hallmark separating a commissioned bookplate from the usual, anonymously designed, universal bookplate, I did find an artist’s signature on one of the Globe-Wernicke bookplates.
The striking design of a proud sailing ship on choppy waters is signed H.L. Bridwell in tiny lettering on the inner frame surrounding the artwork. Below his name, the artist has added this motto:
Like argosies of old, seek treasure ~ but go a’voyaging in books.
H.L. Bridwell is Harry Loud Bridwell (1861-1930), a local Cincinnati artist and member of the Cincinnati Art Club who became partially paralyzed and taught himself to use his left hand. He did the decorations for the Grand Opera House, after the old theater burned down in 1901.
He also did magazine illustration, including a full page of boats in St. Nicholas Magazine for October 1889 and interior artwork for the same magazine’s November 1890 issue.


I want to thank Michele Behan for submitting this article. Submissions from readers are always encouraged. Send me an email if you wish to participate by writing about some aspect of bookplate or ephemera collecting.

On February 3rd Heraldry Today featured the bookplate of Sir Ian Gilmour

More Dogs on bookplates:

On February 7th Passion For Pipes included a bookplate which was of no particular interest but
the story about Alfred Dunhill was very enjoyable.
Is it my imagination or does the profile picture of Alfred Dunhill bear an uncanny resemblance to a well known bookseller in Salem, Mass.?

See you next Sunday.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Puppy Bowl, Bookplates with Dogs (and Cats)

Maurice Sendak's bookplate features Jennie his Sealyham Terrier who was also the star in his book Higgledy , Piggledy, Pop
Well , I know it's a Wolf but it's in the dog family isn't it ?

Bette Davis' Scottie was named Meg

Queen Victoria's cat was named White Heather. Her bookplate depicts a member of the cat family.

Edward Penfield depicted cats on many of his posters and magazine covers.

Most Americans will be watching the Super Bowl today but I prefer the Puppy Bowl .

To commemorate this years event here are a few dog (and Cat) related bookplates. For those of you unfamiliar with the Puppy Bowl here is a brief video clip.
Jerry Morris has begun a site featuring owners with multiple bookplates
Here is a recent blog posting From The Books in My Library about the TV show Pawn Stars and a book from Sir Isaac Newton's library:
The Legacy Press has published a new book about dating and identifying 19th century American paper.