Sunday, January 01, 2012

If I had more disposable income I would be dangerous

A new year and so much to be done.

Yesterday, I spotted a "silver bookplate " and decided to dig deeper.
http://www.adrianmorrisantiques.com/blog/2011/12/very-rare-silver-bookplate-dated-1763/

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I have no intention of buying the item shown above but  am interested.because I have never seen one before.
 My reference books were checked and I came up with nothing.
  I then questioned two bookplate authorities Anthony Pincott and John Titford to whom I am always indebted.
This was Anthony Pincott's response :

"Cross with radiance, above a Chippendale cartouche bearing the inscription “Hunc Librum D.D. Teresa Wakeman de Aldridge in Agro Staffordiensi A.D. 1769”, with two winged cherub’s heads below. Eight holes for pins.

I think that what we have here is a plate that was once part of the binding of a religious book, maybe a Bible. Not surprisingly, a treasured book such as a Bible would be bound more sumptuously than ordinary books... It is correct to regard them as rare, but they fall into the category of superlibros rather than exlibris.

Concerning the inscription on the silver plate illustrated in the blog the D.D. stands here for donum dedit, ie a gift he/she gave. Pity that the recipient of the gift is not mentioned, but perhaps it was a church, ie the book would remain in the same place and ownership was self-evident.

See 'Lichfield: Roman Catholicism and Protestant nonconformity', A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 14: Lichfield (1990), pp. 155-159. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42352   
Four papists were listed in St. Mary's parish in 1705, all 'of a mean condition', and a 'very poor' widow in the Close was also recorded as a papist. In 1706 there were two papists in the Close, a German and a Frenchman who were servants of Lord Stanhope; a charwoman in Stowe Street was a reputed papist. The bailiffs and justices certified in the earlier 1740s that there were no papists in the city 'save only two or three women'. (fn. 3) In 1767 four women in St. Mary's parish were returned as papists and two in St. Chad's. There were 19 in St. Michael's parish, which included the Roman Catholic centre at Pipe Hall in Burntwood. All 19 were farmers and servants except Miss Teresa Wakeman, described as a young lady of fortune and therefore probably living in the city; she had a resident priest, the Franciscan Thomas Hall, also known as Laurence Loraine. Thirteen Roman Catholics took the oath of allegiance at Lichfield quarter sessions in 1778 under the terms of the Catholic Relief Act of that year; six appear to have been among those listed in St. Michael's in 1767. (fn. 4) About a dozen people from Lichfield attended the chapel at Pipe Hall in the early 1790s.
At http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=410503&queryType=1&resultcount=1 you will see that on 28 Jan 1783 was proved the Will of Teresa Wakeman, Spinster of Louth , Lincolnshire. She is not necessarily the same person as the giver of the book in 1769, nor the catholic of Lichfield, but if you wish to spend £3.50 for a digital copy of the Will, it may or may not indicate some link to Aldridge (near Walsall) or Lichfield (lies maybe 10 miles north-east of Aldridge). It will be written in a legal hand that needs a little patience to transcribe with accuracy.

Not surprisingly if her christening was not Anglican, I cannot find with any certainty in the IGI a birth record for a Teresa Wakeman in the right locality,"


 A Google search using the term 18th century silver bookplate  led me to this:
http://www.myfamilysilver.com/mp/item/19289/a-delightful-18th-century-bookplate-for-birch
While at that site I clicked on  other bookplates they had for sale and spotted many desirable royal
bookplates.



"Very Nice Quaint Little 18th Century Armorial-Pictorial Bookplate of Thomas Birch.  F.2580

* In his Some Suffolk and Norfolk Ex-Libris (copies available from The Bookplate Society) John Blatchly writes that "the usual attribution of the Thomas Birch plate is to the historian and writer born to a coffee-mill maker in 1705, brought up as a Quaker and only confirmed at the age of twenty-five. He was never educated at university but in 1753 was created a DD of Marischal college, Aberdeen and Lambeth, Fellow of the Royal and Antiquarian Societies, acting as Secretary of the former for thirteen years from 1752. He was married to a clergyman's daughter Hannah Cox fr just over a year before she died of puerperal fever in August 1729. Ordained in 1730, amongst many livings he held was Depden in Suffolk from 1761 to his death in 1766. It is surprising but not out of the question that this Thomas should have used arms, particularly quartered arms." Blatchly illustrates the similar bookplates of Ebenezer Blackwell and P. Bringloe (the latter with the design laterally inverted ie mirror image).

Dimensions of paper: 64x55mm  " 
*The description  was originally written by Anthony Pincott in an Ebay listing last year

By the way, if you are interested in English bookplates and have not already done so so you  ought to join the Bookplate Society 

End Of Story- I now am the proud owner of  the Thomas Birch bookplate and would love to buy some of the royal bookplates.when my finances permit.

If you are near Hartford Connecticut  don't forget next weekend is the Papermania show.

The Americana Exchange
Like all of you the amount of stuff  I do not read each month is increasing..
This link  for a bookseller/collector/reader newsletter is still one of my favorites ..

 I'l be back next Sunday or Monday.
See you then.




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