Sunday, June 26, 2011
California Booksellers and Circulating Libraries
|I recently sorted through a large collection which was rich in California booksellers and circulating libraries.|
If you would like to send me additional information about these booksellers it would be appreciated and will be added to the blog.. Send your comments to Bookplatemaven@hotmail..com
|Copper plate engraving.The artist was Ward Small.Mr Roger was the owner of the Tecolote Bookshop in Santa Barbara|
|This bookplate seems out of place for California but it was noted Santa Barbara Bookseller so I have included it .|
Ernest Dawson was the long time premiere bookseller in Los Angeles - the shop being continued by one of his sons, Muir, who, I presume is one of the five silhouettes. Ernest published books by Ward Ritchie and Lawrence Clark Powell - printer and librarian respectively. He authored a short piece, "A Visit with Dr. R", referring to Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, the Dean of American high end booksellers in the early 20th century.
Cordially, Lee Harrer
|I have also included several bookseller labels.|
|The Green Dragon Colony was a place where actors , authors ,and other came to spend time and practice their crafts.|
|"Since there is a Catalina Ave. in Pasadena, I thought I would do some searching on the internet and I came up with a website that gives the story of a Dow Family. There is a reference to this book store as being operated by one Helen Brown."|
The website is http://www.gdow.net/.
I suspect that the shop was in one of the small store fronts in the Academy Theatre building, which are still there today.
This information was sent by fellow collector Jim Lewis
If you want to see an excellent site about bookseller labels follow this link:
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Booksellers, Circulating Libraries and Umbrella Makers
http://www.booksalefinder.com/ This was how I found this bookplate for R. H. Perdue designed by H.B.Quinan in 1897 .If you click onto the link you may be able to find a book sale where you live.
Next week if all goes according to schedule I will write about circulating libraries in the U.S.
Labels: Circulating Libraries
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Some Recent Bookplate Finds
Regarding your blog, if you are inclined you can use any of this new information. The Lawlor bookplate is not by Howard Pyle. The letters HP on bookplates receive more than their share of recognition and confusion as Howard Pyle, Henry Pitz and Henry Peck were all artists and all three were inclined to use HP. All three had close ties to Wilmington. Peck was an early Pyle student moving to Wilmington in 1901. Peck is also known to have used variants of HJP as early as when he was designing program covers for amateur theatrical productions in Wilmington. Pitz was a prolific writer and seemed to enjoy writing of Pyle and the so called Brandywine School of art. His Pyle biography of Pyle was published in 1975. In later years Peck and Pitz both seemed inclined to use their full name. I showed this image to Ian Schoenherr whose knowledge of Pyle I respect more than any other. Ian agreed the image is not by Pyle and could actually be by anyone as there were numerous HP's on the fringes of the art world, also adding that it is kind of amateurish/art student style.
Best wishes, Paul
Note From Lew : Paul Preston Davis has spent two lifetimes researching Howard Pyle and his book about Pyle is superb. Here is a link with information about the book:
I also have a duplicate of the Brown plate for possible exchange.Click on the images to enlarge.
The Arthur Herman Ziegler plate shown below was done by George H Gihon. The owner was a book collector and a member of The Brothers of The Book..I have a duplicate for exchange.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Bookplate Artist Profile, Muriel Frega
Born in Buenos Aires ( Argentina) in 1972, studied at the Manuel Belgrano and Prilidiano Pueyrredón National Academies of arts, obtaining a degree in drawing and engraving in 1994. Also did a post-graduate Master’s at the Ernesto de la Cárcova Higher School of Fine arts (1996). Since 1998 work as a freelance illustrator.
My first ex-libris were made with traditional engraving (xilography) but quicly turned to computer graphics. Being a new technique, it is always updating and developing, and that's what I find amazing about it. Most of my works are erotic and colorfull (even though I mostly use a restricted color pallette).
By exchanging bookplates with other artists and collectors, I've started serendipity collecting bookplates and publications about bookplates.
I've earned several prizes and mentions in national and international competitions, including recently the First prize for the best series of erotic ex-libris in the ‘Eros & Thanatos’ competition, 2011.
Odds and Ends- I want to thank Muriel Friega for sending this information.Submissions to the blog are always welcome. I will be out of town until June 13th so the next posting will probably be sent out on Tuesday June 14th.
For those of you who are interested in the bookplates of Hollywood celebrities follow this link: