Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Some Recent Bookplate Finds

The Courtney Crawford plate is a mystery. .Please let me know if you have any information about it.

When I first looked at the Charles Currier Beale plate I thought he might have been a pen collector.
As it turns out he was an author who wrote about stenography.

 I thought this plate for William P Lawlor might possibly have been done by Howard Pyle so I contacted Paul Preston Davis  and this was his slightly edited response:

Hi Lew, 
Regarding your blog, if you are inclined you can use any of this new information. The Lawlor bookplate is not by Howard Pyle. The letters HP on bookplates receive more than their share of recognition and confusion as Howard Pyle, Henry Pitz and Henry Peck were all artists and all three were inclined to use HP. All three had close ties to Wilmington. Peck was an early Pyle student moving to Wilmington in 1901. Peck is also known to have used variants of HJP as early as when he was designing program covers for amateur theatrical productions in Wilmington. Pitz was a prolific writer and seemed to enjoy writing of Pyle and the so called Brandywine School of art. His Pyle biography of Pyle was published in 1975. In later years Peck and Pitz both seemed inclined to use their full name. I showed this image to Ian Schoenherr whose knowledge of Pyle I respect more than any other. Ian agreed the image is not by Pyle and could actually be by anyone as there were numerous HP's on the fringes of the art world, also adding that it is kind of amateurish/art student style. 
 Best wishes, Paul 
Note From Lew : Paul Preston Davis has spent two lifetimes researching Howard Pyle and his book about Pyle is superb. Here is a link with information about the book:

 I have been sorting through a very large collection for several weeks and have come up with many "mystery bookplates" This one was done by MRM or RMM.. Does anyone out there recognize the artist or the owner?
Here are several more  which need further research.Gertrude L.Brown's plate was done by J.K.
I also have a duplicate of the Brown plate for possible exchange.Click on the images to enlarge.
   The Arthur Herman Ziegler plate shown below was done by George H Gihon. The owner was a book collector and a member of The Brothers of The Book..I have a duplicate for exchange.

That's all for now. See you again on Sunday.

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