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.
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.
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
. 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
Labels: Emily Post Bookplate, Houseboat bookplate, Roland Keith Young Bookplate