Monday, January 23, 2012

This Week In Bookplates 1/22/2012

I received the following e mail from Michele Behan

"Apparently, I've been a little lax in keeping up with your blog, because I just now noticed a post you made on June 15, 2011 asking for help with mystery bookplate artists.  I don't know how I missed that post the first time around.
Anyway, in that post, you showed a bookplate for Gertrude Brown signed by a mystery artist named J.K. 
After I enlarged the image, I noticed that the initials were made on opposite sides of the bookplate, with the J to the left of the nameplate and the K to the right of the nameplate.
That is the same style of signing and the same initials (J.K.) as on my Ellis Parker Butler bookplate:"

It is very hard to see the initials .without a magnifying glass.
The J is to the right and beneath the left  circle
The K is to the left and beneath the right circle
PBS station KCET is doing an excellent three part blog about Olive Percival.It is very informative.
Here is the opening paragraph followed by links to the first two postings.
"Who is Olive Percival? An author? A gardener? A toy maker? An advocate for suffrage, animals and trees? A collector of Japanese art? An insurance clerk? A photographer? A bibliophile? A designer of paper dolls? A curator of bookplates? She was all of these and more. UCLA librarian Lawrence Clark Powell likened her to a modern-day Emily Dickinson, while writer Hildegard Flanner positioned her as "a prominent figure in Southern California." Assembling a list of Percival's attributes runs the risk of omitting key details about this multifaceted personality. Yet it is a risk worth taking to ensure her place among the respected artists of the Arroyo."

Olive Percival in her garden

This tissue paper bookplate from my own collection was done by Olive Percival for Clare Ryan. 
Clare Ryan( Talbot) later wrote Historic California in Bookplates.
The photo below  is of Clare Ryan Talbot (age 74) taken during the Jack London Square book show.

Mystery Bookplate
Does anyone out there know anything about this bookplate ?
It is American, probably early 19th century and the owner's name looks like Gandy.
Your help is always appreciated.

See You Next Week.

1 comment:

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