Sunday, September 09, 2012

Bookplate Odds and Ends

From time to time I like to look at Google's stats for  my blog viewers , sorted by country.These were compiled for this month as of September 8th.  China is always under reported in the stats but it is increasing rapidly. As I have probably mentioned in the past  high bidders on my   EBay bookplate sales are often from China.

Pageviews by Countries
Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
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Here are a few recently purchased bookplates:

Robert Francis Coyle by Ray F.Coyle

Ray F.Coyle( 1885-1924) was a California artist .The bookplate shown above was designed for his father Robert Francis Coyle,Two additional bookplates he created are mentioned in Historic California in Bookplates by Clare Ryan Talbot.
. Although there are some similarities in design and gold overlay his artwork is quite different from the bookplates I have seen. Here is an example:

More of his illustration can be seen here:


"It remains unclear whether Laura Ingalls Wilder was a naturally skilled novelist who never discovered her talents until her sixties, with Lane's only contribution to her mother's success her encouragement and her established connections in the publishing world, or if Lane essentially took her mother's unpublishable raw manuscripts for Little House On The Prairie in hand and completely (and silently) ghostwrote the series of books we know today. The truth appears to lie somewhere between these two positions — Wilder's writing career as a rural journalist and a credible essayist began more than two decades before the Little House series, and Lane's formidable editing and ghostwriting skills are well-documented. The existing written evidence (including ongoing correspondence between the women concerning the development of the multi-volume series, Lane's extensive personal diaries detailing the time she spent working on the manuscripts, and Wilder's own initial draft manuscripts) tends to reveal an ongoing mutual collaboration that involved Lane more extensively in the earlier books, and to a much lesser extent by the time the series ended, as Wilder's confidence in her own writing ability increased, and Lane was no longer living at Rocky Ridge Farm. Lane insisted to the end that she considered her role to be little more than that of an adviser to her mother, despite much documentation to the contrary.
Whatever the extent of Lane's help to her mother in writing the books, it certainly played some role. Wilder did not keep copies of her correspondence with Lane, but Lane kept carbon copies of virtually everything she ever wrote—including the correspondence with her mother concerning the Little House Books. The correspondence shows that Wilder sometimes adamantly refused to accept some of her daughter's suggestions, and at other times gratefully accepted them."

Here are a few Interesting Links:

Fellow collector Anthony Pincott told me about this site from The Consortium of European Research Libraries which is devoted to provenance.

Willis (a second son)
Arms with chevron, estoiles, cross, crescent
Identification sought.
2010-12-22 (last changed: 2012-06-29 ) by John Lancaster
Rococo style shield (please forgive any errors in my amateur attempt at blazon): Or on a chevron gules between three estoiles gules, a cross patty argent; with a crescent for difference. Crest: a hind trippant, in the mouth an oak sprig.
Bibliographic Details:
Edward, Earl of Clarendon. The life ... written by himself. (Oxford: At the Clarendon Printing-House, 1759).
Holding Institution:
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College Library, Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Identified as:
Willis (a second son)
Identified by: The Bookplate Society
Alastair Johnston at Booktryst wrote about some bookplates randomly selected from books in her own library.

Lincoln Cushing has an interesting article about:


 Fellow collector Jacques Laget sent this information about the owner of this bookplate

Son of Pierre Nicolas, Consul of France in Cadiz, he succeeded him in that office. Commissioner General of the Navy in Madrid 1749. Intendant des Invalides. He had to appoint Jean-Baptiste Martin, Didier Ozanam cite only Jean Baptiste (In langes Ponsot, casa de Velasquez 28), but said he had been appointed Intendant des Invalides, and in the State Archives of Bretagne Series C, we find Jean Martin as Intendant des Invalides.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------That's  all for now.-See you next Sunday.


MrCachet said...

Oh Lew - These are all great, but I'm fascinated by the Coyle, and find his "other" art to be just as fascinating.

He did it in style.

overfiftydaysyoung said...

Robert Francis Coyle was my father and Ray F Coyle was my grandfather. I believe the beautiful bookplate was made by Ray for his eldest son, Robert. I had never seen this book plate...Ray's signatures are traditionally, in mine and my sister's pieces, integrated into the beautiful masterpieces...