The bookplate shown above is listed by Charles Dexter Allen as #911. It was engraved by
Cephas G. Childs. His signature is in the copper plate but it is so small that Allen did not see it.
Here is some biographical information about William Warren:
"William Warren (b. Bath, England, 10 May 1767; d. Washington, D.C., 19 October 1832) was an actor. His first appearance was as Young Norval in Home's tragedy of Douglas. Soon afterward, Warren came to this country, making his debut at Baltimore, Maryland, as Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet. In 1805 he went to England, as agent for the Philadelphia Theatre, to collect a company of comedians, and on his return in 1806 he married the actress, Mrs. Ann Merry. Later, Warren became manager of the Chestnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he made his last appearance on 25 November 1829 as Robert Bramble in the Poor Gentleman. His son, also named William Warren, was also an actor. "
Since the father and son had the same name and Cephas Childs was active during both their lifetimes it is possible the plate may have been for either or both of them.
In any event, this is the oldest Early American actor's plate that I am aware of.
They are for sale through her website .
If you have been thinking about purchasing bookplates they are worthy of your consideration.
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Richard D. Sheaff has designed a wonderful ephemera site with many illustrations.
Last week when my copy of The Bookplate Society Newsletter arrived I read a most informative article
about this plate.The plate was reproduced in color in English BookPlates by Egerton Castle. To prevent people cutting out the plate and selling it as an original the colors were reversed .What should be in red on the original plate was shown in black and vice versa. You guessed it. I bought a bogus plate. If you are offered a plate like the one shown above don't buy it.
Let the buyer beware.
See you next Sunday.