Thursday, April 28, 2011
Norman Rockwell Bookplate - From the collection of Michele Behan
However, she said that Brown & Bigelow would also do custom orders for people or companies who ordered something made to their specifications.
The woman said the fact that this bookplate has the BB copyright insignia at the bottom left corner means the company either specially made the product for whomever custom-ordered it or the company sold the licensing rights to the Norman Rockwell image (which they owned since they commissioned the painting for the calendar) to a third party, who then made the bookplates.
Labels: Norman Rockwell
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Dealer/Collector Profile Thomas G. Boss
I am a book dealer and collector in Salem, Massachusetts who many years ago strayed into the fascinating world of bookplates. In 1981 , after having collected bookplates in a mild way, I was offered and purchased the dealer stock of Frank Allen .It contained nearly 18,000 plates. In the years since I have maintained the largest dealer stock ( 20,000 plus) in the United States.
My stock of rare books principally includes items which are notable for their illustration, binding or fine printing, mainly between the years of 1890 and 1945. I have examples of "the book as art" from all of the major design movements in this time period, namely arts & crafts, art nouveau, Wiener Werkstatte, art deco, etc, etc.
Labels: Thomas G. Boss
Sunday, April 17, 2011
This Week in Bookplates 4/17/2011
"I'm new to bookplates, but have been wood engraving for a few years and had prints accepted into the Society of Wood Engravers annual exhibition in the UK. The seagull seems to crop up in much of my work (maybe only small, strutting on a roof or out-staring a local cat )and is starting to be a bit of an icon, which is why I chose it for my first design. I love the way bookplates tell something of the person who is named on them. Some are very witty and the puns can be terrible! All good stuff. The story of the making of this bookplate can be seen on my blog here:
http://studio-window.blogspot.com/2011/03/feeling-peckish.html Tech Information: The image size is 2 1/8" (5.4cm) x 3" (7.6cm) Engraved on maple (next time I'll use box or lemonwood as you can engrave finer detail) Printed on a Farley cylinder galley press using Lawrence's carbon black letterpress ink Paper is Japanese Sunome Senaka"
If you wish to contact Sue Woollatt her email address is
New Information About J.Bel-Chier, Allen #75
Charles Dexter Allen's American Bookplates is the best reference currently
avaialable for the study and identification of 18th American bookplates.
It is ,however,not without flaws.
Fellow collector Anthony Pinncott has done some excellent research about Allen #75.
and has discovered that Allen was incorrect. Mr. Bel-Chier was not American.
Here is what Anthony has written:
"Jacobean Armorial Bookplate of J Bel-Chier Not in Franks, but F.2029 is the impression in black. It dates from about 1730.
Below the helm is a label for cadency, so the owner of this bookplate was his father's eldest son.
This bookplate was included as #75 in Charles Dexter Allen's American Book-Plates. Allen declares it to be the "plate of the Colonial Governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire 1730-41 (Jonathan Belcher). The arms (says Allen) are the same as borne on the plate of his son Jonathan, except that his plate shows a label for difference. There is also a shortening of the motto in the other plate."
However, according to RR James (whose bookplate collection is at the Royal College of Surgeons), Belchier was a surgeon. This helps us to identify him as the John Belchier (1706-1785) who was at Guy's Hospital 1736-68. He discovered at about the time of his Guy's appointment that the vegetable dye madder stained newly forming bone tissue, opening up the study of the growth and development of the skeleton, which was vigorously taken forward by Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau and John Hunter. Belchier was awarded the Copley Medal by the Royal Society in 1737. He was a founding governor of the Foundling Hospital, a charity created by Royal Charter in 1739, and was a member of the Court of Assistants at the Company of Surgeons from 1751 to 1785. [Wikipedia]
The Oxford DNB entry is more extensive: "John Belchier (bap. 1706, d. 1785), surgeon, the son of James Belchier, innkeeper and bailiff of Kingston, was born at Kingston, Surrey, and was baptized there on 5 March 1706. He entered Eton College as a king's scholar in 1716. On leaving school he was apprenticed to William Cheselden, head surgeon at St Thomas's Hospital, London. By perseverance Belchier became eminent in his profession, and in 1736 he was appointed surgeon to Guy's Hospital. In 1732 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, and his name appears on the list of the council from 1769 to 1772. He contributed some papers to the society's Philosophical Transactions. On Belchier's retirement as surgeon of Guy's Hospital he was elected one of its governors, and also a governor of St Thomas's Hospital. He had an exaggerated reverence for the name of Guy, saying ‘that no other man would have sacrificed £150,000 for the benefit of his fellow-creatures’. In the Gentleman's Magazine for 1743 is the following story:
One Stephen Wright, who, as a patient, came to Mr. Belchier, a surgeon, in Sun Court, being alone with him in the room clapt a pistol to his breast, demanding his money. Mr. Belchier offered him two guineas, which he refused; but, accepting of six guineas and a gold watch, as he was putting them in his pocket Mr. Belchier took the opportunity to seize upon him, and, after a struggle, secured him. (GM, 1st ser., 13, 1743, 50)A stout but active man, Belchier died suddenly in Sun Court, Threadneedle Street, on 6 February 1785. His manservant had attempted to raise his master but was told ‘No John—I am dying. Fetch me a pillow; I may as well die here as anywhere else’ (Wilks and Bettany, 127). He was buried in the founder's vault in the chapel attached to Guy's Hospital."
Mystery Bookplate Charles Ricksher
Here is this weeks mystery bookplate. I purchased it on Ebay from Exeter Rare Books
The artist's cypher is enlarged below.
There was a physician in New England who might have been the owner but that is just
speculation on my part. Does anyone out the recognize the Cypher?
Here is my contact information: Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
Labels: Sue Woollatt
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Treasures From Two Shows & One Store 4/8/2011
| Designed by Anthony Euwer.|
CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE
|J.Frank Dobie was an American folklorist and writer|
|Rockwell Kent changed wives and bookplates frequently.|
|The Eleanor Sears Plate was engraved for Mr. D. B. Updike by Alfred James Downey|
|This hand colored plate was designed by Carl S.Junge|
|This is the mystery plate.There is a pencil notation on the verso."American Woman's Assn.||N.Y."The artists initials are LH|
|Andrew T. Jergins was a California Oilman|
|Not to be confused with the Diebold people who made the crappy voting machines|
When you go stop at the outside stalls
That is where I got the John T. Diebold (1926-2005) plate.,He was a futurist who made accurate predictions about the importance of computers long before most of his colleagues.While there you should go to the print room .They have a large selection of bookplates.In addition, the basement is loaded with many inexpensive books with bookplates of merit..By next Sunday I hope to have found a way to insert live links using this Firefox browser.. See you then.
Labels: The Argosy Bookshop
Sunday, April 03, 2011
I will be in New York City on Friday April 8th attending two book shows.If you plan to be in the city that day and have bookplates for sale or trade I would love to hear from you.
See you next Sunday
Friday, April 01, 2011
New Bookplate by Daniel Mitsui
On Sunday I will write about the bookplates of Magicians so be sure to tune in.
Daniel Mitsui just completed this bookplate for a client.
The words along the edges are select verses from the famous Jewish Prayer Shema Yisrael, Hear Oh Israel. The 4 letters on the 4 corners are the 4 letters traditionally placed on the 4 sides of a dreidel, which stand for Nes Gadol Haya Po, a great miracle happened here.
See you on Sunday.