Friday, July 27, 2012

Twenty Seven Judaica Bookplates for Exchange

From time to time I  accumulate duplicate Judaica bookplates  and post them  hoping to reach other collectors who  have Judaica bookplates for possible exchange.

Send scans of your duplicates to

I  have many other duplicates for possible exchange.

Here are just a few of the categories.

18th century American


E.D. French and other American Engravers

Famous people from any country

I respond quickly to all relevant inquiries so let me know what kinds of bookplates you are searching for.

Kolominus Richter(top row center)no longer available
See note below about Ezer Weizman
(no longer available)
                                         NO LONGER AVAILABLE

    What a strange world we live in.
Here is a link from a Chinese newspaper with the obituary of the former Israeli president Ezer Weizman.

Julius Jarcho no longer available
Lewis Browne plate no longer available
The plate below was not properly scanned.It is not trimmed on the left side

The plate shown above is no longer available

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bookplate Archaeology

I spotted a dis-bound book on EBay . The label half hidden for Harlaem Oil intrigued me.
As it turned out I was the only bidder.
With a little digging I found some information about Joshua Brookes and The Meadville Theological School
at this site:

  The library wits founded in 1845, at the same time with the school, by
donations from the Church of All Souls and the Church of the Messiah, 
New York, and from individuals living chiefly in New York and Boston. 
The only fund for the increase of the library, the interest of which is 
$72, was given by A. Worthington, of Cincinnati. 
  The library contains 12,308 volumes. The annual accessions average 
about 200 volumes. A card catalogue of authors and subjects is being 
  Between 1845 and 1850 Joshua Brookes, of New York, placed in the 
hands of the trustees $20,000, since increased by investment to $22,000,
the annual income of which is expended for theological works and their 
distribution among western clergymen who make application for them. 
About 2,000 volumes are thus distributed annually among some 210. 
clergymen. In this way 35,000 volumes of the best theological literature
have been given to western settled clergymen, irrespecive of denomi- 

 Mr. Christian Sylvester.owned both shops which sold the Harlaem Oil. The information came from this
1835 newspaper (Typos are not mine)

There are few of our. dtizens who have not some .
knowledge ef a poor but worthy and industrious
.mari./hamM CaaisTtAK; Srr.vEsTfia, who fat a
 of years
 has supported himself and family
bya book stand in Chatham street, formerly near
the.corner of Pearl street, and latterly, as at present,
at the corner of Roosevelt street. He has an incurabie'disease of'the
eyes, by Which he is-nearly /
blind, and he has nevertheless earned an honest h- II
-ving:at the jaboyff business for several years, and al- //
though ,so nearly blind that be is unable to recognise '
any face, 6f read aletter,. yet hchas acquired a surprising tact in conducting his establishment, by
which he knows where to find any particular volume
• uppn his well-filled shelves, and protects himself
; from'theft j though his stand is often'surrounded
with people examining his books. But in addition
to the eolc: of books, bur friend is celebrated somewhat as a doctor, espedally in the cure of those diseases for which JEfarlcem Oil is successful—for we
believe he uses no other, medicine. The design of
theprecent-artide, therefore, w to say that Christian Sylvester has made arrangements with the original inventors and proprietors of this article in
Holland, by which he has rectived a large impertation of the genuine Hartem oil, end, will be able to
keep a constant supply, at his residence, No* 121
East Broadway, *r at the book stand corner of Chatham and Roosevelt street, New York. The original letters frem the. proprietors in Holland, which
Mr. Sylvester has in his possession, and which he
is about to publisb, will satisfy the most sceptical » >
that idsosxhe genuine articWandthat much that is
sold in thi* city and elsewhere is spurious and worthless, in their estimation. Those, therefore, who
purchase RarUem oil of Mr. S; niay be sure that it
is pure as imported, and they will at the same time
help through the world an unfortunate and worthy
man.—Comtriunicated. '

This is my assumption, The label was was probably pasted in many  books sold at the Book Stand and fortunately no one ever  bothered to remove this one.until I found it.

Here is another  American book label from 1836

The inked inscription above the book label is quite   faded .
 I believe this is what it says:
To Miss Mary Compston
  This little tribute of respect
My Friend I give to thee
Treat not its motto with neglect
It is Remember Me
Dec. 1836                BFH

I had planned to write about American bookplates with a Chinese connection this week but I got more interested in exploring these labels.See you next Sunday

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Alexander Fothringham

Twenty five years ago I purchased most of the early American bookplate collection formed by Charles Stewart Davidson in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
His bookplates were mounted on  6 by 9 grey card stock with notations and auction records..

    The Chippendale plate for Alexander Fothringham was among them and the auction blurb stated
"#66 Fothringham (Alexr.) Physician in Savannah Armorial Chippendale  Very fine and excessively rare"
Unfortunately, I have never been able to determine which auction this came from.
    In any event, I recently purchased a duplicate copy of the plate and I wanted to learn more about it.
 Fellow collector John Titford did extensive research on my behalf and this is a portion of what he discovered.


”The good news is that I think we can identify Alexander fairly precisely - as Alexander Fotheringham, Doctor of Physic, he died in 1774 and had his will proved in South Carolina. Details attached.

Fotheringham is a Scottish surname, the family having moved there from FOTHERINGAY in Northamptonshire, England, and changed their name quite early on. Because it's a rare name, any reference can be useful, so you'll see that I've trawled through several sources (mostly printed sources) to get an overall picture. South Carolina had very strong links with Barbados, and Fotheringhams do feature in books I have of Barbados baptisms and marriages. I'll hold on to these for any possible future use.

My guess would be that Alexander springs from a branch of the Fotheringhams as featured in Burke's Landed Gentry. Further my guess is that his father or grandfather might have travelled to, or even been transported to, South Carolina, following the unsuccessful Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. Jacobites and probably Roman Catholics, in short."

Thank you John.
See you next week when I plan to write about Chinese American bookplates.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

This Week in Bookplates 7/8/2012

Sometimes it is  difficult to determine if you have a bookplate used by a well known person or someone who shares a  name with a celebrity..A recently acquired bookplate from the library of Emily Post is a good example of what I mean.The bookplate was in a tattered copy of  Coins de Paris by Georges Cain
( published around 1907).When I questioned the dealer who offered it to me he explained that Emily Post the American guru on all things relating to etiquette visited Paris in the early 20th century so he concluded that the book was used by the real Emily Post (wishful thinking ) I happened to like the bookplate so I decided it was worth keeping regardless of which Emily Post was the original owner.
Emily Post
 Some of  Emily Post's descendants are involved with The Emily Post Institute so I contacted that organization .They responded quickly but their answer was inconclusive,  I am still uncertain about what I purchased. Here is a link with more information about Emily Post.

On Friday I got a bookplate for Roland Keith Young. Research on this one was effortless.The English actor Roland Young was an avid collector of ceramic Penguins

Here is some biographical information about Roland Young:

The Virginia bookplate was also purchased on Friday. I assumed it was from the library on a yacht.
As it turns out the Virginia did  start out as a yacht, owned by W.K. Vanderbilt . By 1909 she became a house boat.It is the only houseboat library bookplate I have ever had.

Here is a detailed record of Virginia's life.

Original Name: Virginia Current Name: Virginia
Hull Number: 533 Boat Location: DESTROYED
Contracted By: W.K. Vanderbilt Current Owner:
Contract Date: 10/11/1899 Owner Since:
Class: New York 70 Sub-Class:
Original Rig: cutter Current Rig:
Original Price: $32,594 Restored By:
LOA: 106 ft. 0 in. Beam: 19 ft. 4 in.
LWL: 70 ft. 0 in. Draft: 14 ft. 0 in.
Designer: NGH
Owner Years Location Boat Name Sail No.
W.K. Vanderbilt 1900 - >1906 New York, NY Virginia
A Philadelphia owner has turned her into a houseboat by 1909.

Pictured below is a mystery bookplate .If you know something about it please contact me .

When I put the Latin phrase on Google I Came up with the following:
1. . auction slip tipped in at front, two pictorial bookplates, one with the motto "felix est qui me habet" and the other with the name "Harold Marshall, Harlesden.
2 Since there was an HMH in the upper right corner and no other name I incorrectly speculated that this might be a bookplate used by Harold Marshall Harlesden. After several emails with fellow collectors Richard Schimmelpfeng and Anthony Pincott I decided  that my speculation was  also wishful thinking. Here is what Anthony wrote :   
“Happy is he who has me” could be one translation, but the other is “It is Felix who owns me”, and I suspect the owner enjoyed the double interpretation.
The initials HMH are surely those of the artist. It would surely be strange to mix the address into an owner’s initials.

The Brooklyn Historical Society Blog has a nicely presented posting about bookplates.Here is a link:

See you again next Sunday

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Polar Explorers, Part Three

In parts one and two I used  bookplates of polar explorers from my own collection . If you have additional bookplates  of polar explorers please send scans to and they will be added to this posting.Here is a  list of polar explorers.

"  Marie Peary Stafford and Louise Arner Boyd were both women of means who were drawn to the Arctic somewhat by chance. Stafford, the daughter of explorer Robert E. Peary, was born and spent the first months of her life in Greenland. The press nicknamed her the "Snow Baby," and her mother, Josephine Peary, published a book with the same name. As the daughter of the man credited with being the first person to reach the North Pole, Stafford grew up intimately connected to the region her father had explored. She returned to the Arctic as an adult for the sole purpose of building a monument to her father's memory"
. You can read more about her and other women of the arctic at this site:

                                               Polar Ephemera
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries there was a polar frenzy.
 Many advertisers used polar explorations to promote products.
.Here are a few examples:

There is a common perception that tinned foods contributed to the deaths of some polar explorers .Here is a contrary point of view:

See you next Sunday.

Update- 7/8/2012     Old Polar Bookplate Found See Link below