Saturday, January 29, 2011
The Fuzzy Line between American and English Bookplates
Here are four such examples :
Members of The Woodridge family were in America starting in the 17 th century.
On Dudley Woodbridge's bookplate the words Anglus Americanus are very accurate. He spent much time in Barbados. For more specific information about the family please refer to volume XIV page 123 in The Exlibris Journal.
I received this inquiry from a Edith Eggenkamp, a bookseller label collector in the Netherlands:
Dear Mr Jaffe,
As a dutch collector of booktradelabels I am (always) looking for other collectors to start and keep and exchange-correspondence.
I already exchange/trade with several collectors in the US. I understand you collect booktradelabels apart from bookplates (exlibis) as well?
Maybe, you are interested in exchanging booktradelabels with me. I can only offer you dutch booktradelabels/booksellers'tickets, old and new.
Sometimes I can also offer you some Dutch bookplates..
Labels: The Woodridge Family in America
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Guardians Of The Teeth,Guardians Of The Eyes
Here is a link to an excellent site by Adrian Wilson about fabric labels and the joy of collecting:
A response to my inquiry from Adrian Wilson
Click on images to Enlarge.The bookplates designed by William Edgar Fisher (1872-1956) were not cookie cutter copies of one another.His style changed with the times. .This Gothic inspired design is one of my favorites. The proof was obtained from his son in the 1970's along with other proofs which I am selling for a fellow collector.The outside dimensions of most of the proofs are 8 1/2 inches wide by 11 inches high and in general they are in the $25.00 to $45.00 price range .I will be listing them on Ebay. Send me an Email if you would like to be notified. Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
Dear Lew,I think you are right about it not being a book label.The key thing is the space where it has the "No." icon. That would be a space where a fabric pattern number would be, but mostly there would be another space where the fabric length would go.The label certainly has a wealth of cotton references but the references are all of cotton and thread, rather than fabric. There is a small cotton bale or thread packet, plus all the things for spinning cotton into yarn. There is a stylised shuttle but no other reference to weaving.So my guess would be an early yarn merchant label. The number space was probably to reference the colour or type of yarn. A big trade early on in the textile manufacturing sector was the merchant who would buy and sell yarn to spinners and weavers who worked alone in their homes. Maybe this was the label for one of those merchants.
Dr. M.C. Ennema lived in the Netherlands and his bookplate was designed by Anton Pieck
From the N.Y. Times Obituary October 12,1983
He was 85.
He was born in Russia and grew up in Providence, R.I. He graduated from Brown and the St. Louis University Medical School. He practiced medicine in New York for 35 years before retiring 10 years ago. The Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Professorship of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences was established at Brown in 1982.
I do not have very many dental bookplates.This one was designed by Bela Petry.If you have any you would like included in this posting please send a scan to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
Labels: William Edgar Fisher
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I got this on Ebay from a dealer who called it a bookplate . Before it arrived I thought it was a coaster but the paper is too thin so I am open to the possibility that it might be a bookplate. There are some stains on the reverse side that might have been from glue .The dimensions are 5 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches high. The designer Geovil Nereim completed it in 1943. Both the designer and the owners lived in Illinois and Andy probably was a lawyer who attended The John Marshall Law School.
If you want to enlarge the image click on it. If you have the time and inclination to do further research send it to me Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com and your reward will be some bookplates of my choice.
The Rolland L. Comstock Murder Mystery.
This was the bookplate he used.
Here is an excellent link from Wheaton College with digitized images of the bookplates by Allen Lewis (1873-1957). He is one of my favorite bookplate designers.
On January 19th there will be an auction in Israel which includes a major collection of Judaica bookplates ( lots 209 through 213). Here is a link.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Collector/Dealer Profile Jacques Laget
How I Got Started Collecting Bookplates
As the number of my duplicates was always increasing, I began 3 years ago to sell each week around 20 or 30 French bookplates on Ebay. Last year I tried to exchange around 8000 foreign against a large French collection but without success, so I decided to build a website where I could sell them.
Saturday, January 01, 2011
New Years Day 2011
It's a quiet day here in Philadelphia. No street traffic noise and a good time to think about the coming year. I find it hard to believe but this is the beginning of my fifth year as a blogger. My little weekend activity is for lack of a better word therapeutic. It also has enabled me to meet many new collectors. Here's wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year.
I have put together a group of new years cards for your enjoyment.
The woodcut below was done by Josie Eresch (1894-1967) of Beloit Kansas
Next week I plan to publish a collector profile from France. See you then.