Sunday, March 27, 2011
Punning and Rebus Bookplates
I am not sure when I started collecting punning and rebus bookplates. It just sort of happened.I had one or two near each other in an album and they started reproducing . Gloria Swanson's rebus plate is one of the most innovative ones I own.
Hettie Gray Baker worked in Hollywood for most of her adult life and built a world class collection of celebrity bookplates.The collection is at the Hartford(Conn.) Athenaeum and well worth a visit
George H. Bell was the Governor of New Hampshire
Mr. Bookman's bookplate is illustrated in The Art of the Bookplate by James Keenan
Robert O. Foote's plate was designed by Ruth Saunders
Most of the punning and rebus plates in my collection are in the English language.If you have the time and are so inclined please send me scans of examples in other languages and I will add them to this posting.
By the way, I have added a bookplate search engine to the blog .It is located on the upper left side and will enable you to find information I previously wrote about. It always amuses me when I do a search about an artist or owner and come up with something I wrote about and had completely forgotten. See you next week.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Saturday Night Special
Tomorrow , I will be writing about punning and Rebus bookplates
Saturday, March 19, 2011
The Sarah B. Lattimer Collection
It was not a large collection ( about 174 plates) but it contained many unusual items. I would like to focus on a few of the mystery plates in the collection in case one of you knows something about them and can help me.
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Among the thirty Frederick Spenceley duplicates these are two of my favorites.Bird & Son was founded in 1795 and Spenceley engraved this plate for them in 1912. The company, now called The Bird Corporation is still in business today. Here is a link about their history:
The Krotona Institute of Theosophy plate was engraved in 1915. They are sill active today although at a different location.
This printed plate for Marshall Rutgers Kernochan was the highlight of the collection .It appears to be a photgraphic image by Edward Steichen.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
This Week in Bookplates 3/13/2011
The finial is located atop the historic Christian Heurich Mansion located just south of Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. I see this finial every day because the Mansion is located directly across the street from my office. The Mansion was built in the late 1890’s by Christian Heurich, our local beer baron. Mr. Heurich was afraid of fire because his first brewery burned to the ground at great financial loss to him. So the Heurich Mansion was the first “fire-proof” building constructed in DC. It has concrete floors and a steel superstructure. The exterior is brick and stone. Mr. Heurich topped the Mansion’s tower with a “salamander” finial. A salamander is supposed to ward off fire. The story is that the salamander is usually the only animal to survive forest fires. The Mansion was used by the Heurich family until 1955 when it was given to the Historical Society of Washington, DC. I served the Society at various times over a period of about 25 years as Curator, General Counsel and finally as President. The Historical Society subsequently moved to larger quarters and the Mansion was acquired by The Heurich House Foundation. I was Chairman of this Foundation for a few years before I was allowed to finally go back to my preferred position admiring the Mansion from afar through my office window.
I am a swimmer. I went to Georgetown University and I have some particular history with the Healy Building which is the building on the hill shown in this image. The swimmer is supposed to be me as a young man swimming in the Potomac River in front of the GU Boathouse and looking up at the spires of the Healy Building on Georgetown's main campus. The Healy Building has a large clock tower. When I was a freshman, a friend and I managed to steal the hands of the clock. We put them in a long flower box and sent them to the new Dean of Discipline with a note that said: "From the Freshman Class, always willing to give you a hand". The Dean, a Jesuit priest, thought the hands were maces, the medieval sign of authority. He had them mounted on his office wall with our note. He was not pleased when one of the members of the engineering staff subsequently asked him why he had the missing hands from the clock on his office wall. An investigation ensued but I was never caught, thank goodness. All of this was, of course, perfect training for my later life as a Washington lawyer."
The Sarah B. Lattimore bookplate collection was up for sale and I purchased it.
If all goes according to schedule I will write about it next week.
See you then.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
The Washington D.C. Book Show
Here is a link with biographical information:
and Old Men's Home.