Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lots Of Links

Michelle J. Enemark has begun a new blog focusing on letterheads,It is called Letterheady, Here is a link,

Fellow blogger Larry  T Nix who is a library history buff recently wrote about library magnets

 "The text of the book-plate of Joseph Gompers (1899 1945) is also borrowed from the Sayings of the Fathers. It reads: 'The day is short and there is much to do'(2:15). This book-plate, made by Fré Cohen (1903 -1943) shows the symbol of a farmer ploughing a field with his horse. Dark clouds suggest the approach of evening. Gompers himself found this an austere and starkly depicted carving, which expressed the quotation he had chosen quite well."
This information came from this link about 20th century bookplates in The Netherlands by Philip Van Praag

I purchased the Joseph Gompers plate from Dr. Wolfgang Rieger.
 Here is his latest catalogue    
I went to the Lancaster book sale earlier in the week and found the following bookplates:
 Henry Pitz was an American book illustrator.Follow the link for some biographical information about him.
 I know nothing about the owner  David Dickson Stansbury or the artist.
 I believe the owner was a  kindergarden teacher
When I got home I discovered I already owned this plate so I put it on Ebay.
The design is exceptional .


Sunday, May 22, 2011

American Bookplates With Chinese Themes or Symbols

I meant to post this last week.. Daniel Mitsui's latest bookplate depicting the owner's new home.

For those of you who live near Lancaster, Pennsylvania don't forget 55th annual Friends of Lancaster Public Library book sale. It opens at 7 A., M. (not a typo) on Monday May 23rd and has over 250,000 (not a typo) books for sale.. I hope to get up at some ungodly hour in order to be there when the doors open.

I will write about it next week.

Lancaster, PA
Friends of Lancaster Public Library
at Franklin and Marshall College
Alumni Sports and Fitness Center
929 Harrisburg Pike
May 23 - 25
55th year for this well-organized book sale
250,000 books sorted into 40 categories!
More than half of the books are priced at $2 for hardbacks - 50 cents for paperbacks - great selection and all categorized
Other books $2.50 and up with some very nice collectibles
May 23 to 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 7am to 9pm
Tuesday, May 24, 9am to 9pm
Wednesday, May 25, 9am to 6pm (Half Price Day)
Inquiries: (717) 295-1950
As I have mentioned previously you obtain one bookplate with a certain theme and then another and soon you have a small collection.I know very little about most of these .What I do know will be noted near the plates..Hopefully, I will receive some additional input from some of you. Here is my contact information:

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Frederick Wells Williams had another plate with the same image which was engraved by Hopson.
Benjamin March lived in Ann Arbor Michigan and I believe he designed his own plate.
Sidney David Gamble was a sociologist,China scholar and photographer.
Here is some biographical information about him:

Mr. Parsons was responsible for the construction of the I.R.T. subway system in New York City.
The Henry Leonard plate image changes from happy to angry when turned upside down.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bookplate Links

Fellow collector Andrew Godefroy has begun a blog focused on Canadian bookplates.
The University of Louisville has digitized the Ainslie Hewett Collection.

If your institution has digitized  a bookplate collection please send  a link to me and it will be added to this posting.

See you on Sunday.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Four Mystery Bookplates and Two Solved Mysteries

Last week I mentioned a new book by Martin Hopkinson , ExLibris The Art Of The Bookplate.
My copy has arrived and it is most informative. The A E Carthew bookplate  was purchased several months ago and no one recognized it .It is illustrated and described on page 99.. Here is what I learned : The plate was designed by Joseph Hecht for Alice Grace Elizabeth Carthew .The inscription in an old Celtic language is Let us be wise without guile and the bird standing on a rock is an Auk.

The AWA plate has a notation on the reverse side "American Woman's Association, New York"
Does anyone out there know anything about the artist or the organization? 
Update 5/16/2011
Fellow Collector/Dealer Tom Boss Has advised me that the AWA plate was designed by Laurence Houseman

My contact information is

The cypher used by the artist who designed The Chicago Little Theatre plate is unknown to me.Click on the image to enlarge.
 The Thomas Craig plate amuses me,The artist is J.D.L. I don't have a clue about the artist or the owner.

In 2009 I listed the two Kellogg foundation plates This week.Mr Robert H. Shirkey sent me the following information for which I am most appreciative.:
"I happened across your blog when I "Googled" Grace Hoyt.
  You mention that you do not know anything about the artist.  I suspect given the location of the Kellogg Conpany and Foundation in Battle Creek, that the artist, Grace Hoyt, was from Lawton, Michigan.  .  She was a local artist and  an art instructor.  I knew her as my second grade teacher in about 1954 and a friend of my family."

Of all the unknowns  mentioned today, the FAB (EAB?) rabbit  is the one that puzzles me the most. I know I have seen it somewhere but can't remember where.

UPDATE 5/16/2011

Lee Sanders has advised me that the EAB plate belonged to Ernest A. Batchelder, the Pasadena California Arts & Crafts tile designer

The following information was sent by David Lowden

See, crediting Chicago’s Hull House, a settlement house.

I have come across many programs booklets by the Little Theatre from the late teens and early twenties with nice graphics.  Big names in the Chicago little theater movement were Kenneth Sawyer Goodman (for whom the “Goodman Theatre” was named – see ) and Thomas Wood Stevens, who was a founder of the Blue Sky Press and famous for working with public pageants around the country.

See you again , next week

Sunday, May 08, 2011

American Flags on Bookplates-Part Two

Peter Wiernik (1865-1936) 

"Peter (Peretz) Wiernik was born in Vilna on March 6, 1865, to Hirsch Wolf and Sarah Rachel (Milchiger) Wiernik. His father was a maggid (“itinerant preacher”) and his mother was a merchant. As a child, Wiernik attended a heder where he received a basic traditional Jewish education. He studied Talmud privately with tutors until the age of thirteen.
After his bar-mitzvah, Wiernik became an apprentice to a wood carver, and continued his Talmudic studies in the evenings. He began teaching himself secular studies and he remained an autodidact in this area the rest of his life.
Wiernik later moved to Riga, where he spent the next four years apprenticed to a turner. From there he traveled to Kovno and Minsk, and lived with his older brother, a Hasid, in Smorgon (Smorogonie, Wojewodztwo Wilenskie). He worked there as a private tutor.
In 1883 Wiernik returned to his parents, who had since moved to Bialystok, to recover from an ailment. After his recovery, Wiernik worked as a box-maker and studied Talmud with his father. He also developed an interest in Jewish bibliography. In 1884, he met Leon Zolotkoff who helped provide the young man with direction in his secular studies. Wiernik left Russia for the United States, and arrived in Chicago on July 25, 1885.
Peter Wiernik's first years in the United States were difficult. He worked as a peddler, a common laborer, a stevedore, and as a handyman in a warehouse for imported goods at the harbor and in a lumber yard.
In 1886, Wiernik was asked to write a series of articles on life in Chicago for the daily Hebrew newspaper Ha-Yom. The request came from Leon Zolotkoff, who had moved to Saint Petersburg and was on the editorial staff of the paper. A year later, Zolotkoff himself immigrated to the United States. He arrived in Chicago with Sarah Wiernik, Peter's mother, and the two shared a lodging with Wiernik. The whereabouts of Peter's father at this time are unknown. In December of that year, Zolotkoff became the editor of the Jewish Courier and Wiernik set type for the paper. Wiernik also served the Courier as a reporter and a writer, and eventually succeeded Zolotkoff as editor. Wiernik left the newspaper in 1896, and worked at the Western Bottle Supply Company with Bernard Horwich.
On February 1, 1898, at age thirty-three, Wiernik left Chicago for New York. He worked as a writer and typesetter for the English page of the Yiddishes Tageblatt [Jewish Daily News] until 1901. (The Tageblatt was owned by Kasriel Sarasohn and his son-in-law, Leon Kamaiky. It was in the offices of this newspaper that the officers of the Central Relief Committee were first elected, on October 4, 1914.) While at the Tageblatt, Wiernik was commissioned to write some thirty articles for the Jewish Encyclopedia. Most of the articles were biographies of rabbis and scholars.
A major advance in Wiernik's career occurred when he became the chief editor of the Jewish Morning Journal, around the time it was founded in July, 1901, by Jacob Saphirstein. When Saphirstein died in 1914, Wiernik was able to exercise full editorial freedom in the content of his articles. He wrote several pieces for each issue almost until the time of his death, totaling several thousand editorials between 1901 and 1936. Wiernik also wrote for Der Amerikaner [Jewish American], a weekly publication of the Morning Journal. In addition to these ongoing commitments to journalism, Wiernik also published several books during his tenure at the Jewish Morning Journal. His A History of the Jews in America appeared in English in 1912, was translated into Yiddish in 1914, and revised in 1931.
Peter Wiernik's prominence in the Yiddish press led him to become involved in many Jewish organizations, both in the United States and abroad. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (1921-1936). According to Joseph Hirsch (“Peter Wiernik and His Views,” D.H.L., Yeshiva University, 1974, pp. 255-257), Wiernik served as chairman of the Committee on Poland between 1919 and 1921; the Committee on Landsmanschaften between 1921 and 1924; and, in 1929, of the Central Relief Committee, an affiliate organization of the JDC representing Orthodox Jewish interests.
Wiernik was especially involved in Jewish culture and education. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Yeshiva College, and a trustee of the Israel Matz Foundation for the support of indigent Jewish scholars and writers. He was president of Habruta, an open forum on Jewish cultural issues that invited Jewish guests from abroad to speak in New York (1925-1935).
Peter Wiernik died in Brooklyn, N.Y., on February 12, 1936." 
The biographical information was copied directly from the Yeshiva University Library website;query=;brand=default
Frederick Forehand's bookplate was engraved by J. Thomas Smith in 1900. I believe he was the president of The Forehand Arms Company and was a book collector.
The Independence Hall bookplate was probably used in the 1920's or 30's
For those of you who like to exchange bookplates, I do have  duplicates of the Independence Hall  and the Forehand plates for possible exchange.
The bookplate for Adele and James Gerstley was engraved in 1906.
It is signed W.PB. (William Phillips Barrett) but the actual engraving was done by Charles Bird.*
*Ref. P28  Bookplates Signed W.P.B
My contact information is
In 2003 Jim Keenan wrote The Art of The Bookplate
In 2003 Don Roberts wrote Rockwell Kent The Art Of The Bookplate
This month (hopefully) I will receive a new book written by Martin Hopkinson .
The title is Exlibris:The Art of The Bookplate
You can preview(and order) the book at this site if you are in the U.K. or from Amazon if you are in the U.S.

Next Week I will scan a few of the mystery bookplates I received yesterday. See you soon.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

American Flags on Bookplates-Part One

As often happens in collecting  you start with one item that has a particular theme and then get another .Before you know it you have a small accumulation..This recently acquired woodcut for Henry Connard Jr. is one of my  favorites..I do not know anything about the owner but flags with 26 stars were used between 1837 and 1848.*
.Throughout this posting I will be using two references Charles Dexter Allen's  American Book-Plates and  Paul Latcham's Bookplates In The Trophy Style

The Thomas H.Henderson Plate is Allen # 373.(Latcham #229b)
The James Henderson Plate is not listed by Allen and is Latcham # 229a
My copy of the James Henderson  is dated in ink 1790.

*Here is a useful site for dating American flags

Waldon N.Edwards was a congressman from North Carolina.Here is some biographical information extracted  from this site:
"EDWARDS, Weldon Nathaniel, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Gaston, Northampton County, N.C., January 25, 1788; attended Warrenton Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1810 and commenced practice in Warrenton, N.C.; member of the State house of representatives in 1814 and 1815; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Nathaniel Macon; reelected as a Republican to the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Congresses, elected as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, and as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congress; and served from February 7, 1816, to March 3, 1827; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Eighteenth Congress), Committee on Public Expenditures (Nineteenth Congress); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1826; returned to his plantation; member of the State senate 1833-1844; member of the State constitutional convention in 1835; again elected to the State senate in 1850 and chosen its president; president of the State secession convention in 1861; died in Warren County, N.C., December 18, 1873; interment in a private cemetery at his home, “Poplar Mount,” about twelve miles from Warrenton, Warren County, N.C."
The James Giles Plate was engraved by Maverick. It is Allen # 308 and Latcham #191

The Major Reuben Humphreys plate is Latcham #192 and was engraved by Peter Brunton.. It is exceedingly rare.My copy is a re-strike from the original copper.

I will continue with some additional  examples next week.
If you want to send scans of bookplates with flags for inclusion in the blog send them to
See you next week.