Sunday, November 06, 2011

This Week in Bookplates 11/6/2011

Here is a link to an excellent new blog about book collecting: 

I purchased Forgotten Bookmarks  by Michael Popek earlier this week. The author has worked in his family's bookstore for over twenty years and has chronicled in a very orderly fashion much of  the ephemera 
 (no bookplates mentioned) he found hidden in books.
I would call this a whipped cream book. It is light , frothy and easy to digest .It would be a nice gift for a bookseller or a lover of old book stores.
You can get more details by following this link:

Speaking of old bookstores I was in New Paltz, New York yesterday for a family get together and much to my delight and surprise I found an old fashioned (in the best sense of the words) bookstore The stock was well organized, affordable and the owner was very helpful..
Yes, I came home with some nice bookplates and interesting ephemera.

I also received a book  from the Bookplate Society this week It is, as with all of their publications very well written  and reasonably priced.
 The price is £14/$22.50 or £9/$14.50 if you join The Bookplate Society (plus postage.)
 Payment by PayPal or dollar check. 

Copies may be ordered by email to   editor (AT ) 

Here is some further information about the book :

Gleeson White (1851-1898) – Bookplate Artist and Luminary

The Ex Libris Society flourished in Britain between 1891 and 1908. About halfway through its life, Gleeson White, who had been a member but not much involved for reasons of artistic preference,  prepared a Special Winter Number of The Studio for 1898-9.. It included a section on Modern British Bookplates and their Designers. White had founded The Studio in 1893, edited it for about a year, and remained a contributor of many articles on bookplates, also writing articles on art nouveau artist Robert Anning Bell and on etcher George W. Eve for the Ex Libris Journal. The British part of the now scarce 1898-9 Winter Number has  been reprinted by The Bookplate Society, providing us with additional material – a biography of White, a short introduction, details of bookplates designed by and for White, and indexes to both the Winter Number and to other articles about bookplates in The Studio.

Born Joseph William White at Christchurch in the county of Hampshire, he went straight from grammar school to the Art Workers Guild in London, but by the age of 30 was back in Christchurch working as bookseller, stationer and organist. By 1890 he had adopted his mother Lydia’s maiden name Gleeson in place of his first names (which were also those of his father). He moved to New York City, where he conducted the Art Amateur for 1891 and 1892, then returned to England, founding in 1893 The Studio, An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art. His editorship lasted for less than a year, but he continued to write for it for the rest of his short life. Joining Messrs George Bell & Sons, he edited the Ex Libris Series, the Connoisseur Series, the Pageant and, with E.T. Strange, Bell’s Cathedral Series. He also published three editions of Practical Designing (1893-7), English Illustrations in the [Eighteen-] Sixties (1897) and four volumes of Master Painters of Great Britain (1897-8).  In November 1898, while enjoying a short holiday in Italy, he contracted typhoid fever, which proved fatal. Gleeson White died at the age of only 47. Fortunately for us, his major essay for the Special Winter Number was already in course of publication. We learn from a tribute in the Ex Libris Journal that he was an industrious worker, always genial, affable and helpful, full of art and art lore, well known as foremost in the decorative movement, and knew its history, development and occasional shams better than anyone of his day.

Quite unlike the Ex Libris Journal, which carried much heraldic and historical material, The StudioSpecial Winter Number was a comprehensive, well written and well illustrated overview of what was modern, with keen and exclusive focus on artists of the 1890s – Charles Ricketts, Cyril Goldie, Paul Woodroffe, Charles Robinson, D.Y. Cameron, John Williams, J.W. Simpson, Edmund New, J.J. Guthrie, Laurence Housman, William Nicholson, Robert Anning Bell, Gordon Craig, C.F.A. Voysey, E. Bengough Ricketts, Harold Nelson, Henry Ospovat, and sixty more. This publication illuminates our understanding of the art nouveau and other bookplate work of book illustrators and exlibris designers at the end of the nineteenth century.

The Studio Special Winter Number 1898-9, Modern British Bookplates and their Designers is reproduced at 92.5% original size in The Bookplate Journal, Vol.7 #1 (cover date March 2009 but only published in 2011). 

Gleeson White

 By Friday 11/11 I will be in Boston attending  two excellent shows:
If you are in the area and have bookplates for sale or trade please contact me

See you again next Sunday or Monday .

1 comment:

Michael said...

There are two on the site that I could find, and I swear that there was a Wordsworth-related one.

Ah well.

Here are the links: