Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Herd of Rabbits , Part 2

Judging by the number of  Emails I have received thus far Rabbits seem to be universally loved
(.except for Mitt Romney.)

So let's continue..

Woodcut by Andy English

Buchanin Winthrop's Bookplate depicts a Hare.


A Bookplate From Mexico

 Richard Adams wrote Watership Down

Alice in Wonderland

Plate Below etched by Elly De Koster

Bookplate for Mary Alice Ercolini

Some Rabbit and Bunny Ephemera

New Years Card from Frederick Starr to Bela Landauer 

Easter Greetings From John Wanamaker dated 1918

 Bookmark ( circa 1980) and delightful book of Bunny cartoons by Charles Bordin, of Philadelphia.

If you want to add your own rabbits, bunnies and hares to this posing send Jpegs to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
See you on Sunday.

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Herd Of Rabbits, Part One

There is something magical about most Rabbit bookplates.

Here are some of my favorites .

 More Rabbits will be coming soon.

 Stay Tuned.

 Elly De Koster etched the plate shown above in 1986 (opus 23)

Nancy Hugo's father owned The Meridian Press and he printed her bookplate when she was a child

 Ernest A. Batchelder was a California Tile maker

 Olive Lathrop Grover of Winnetka Illinois designed her own bookplate

Rebecca Eschilman sent the Antioch universal bookplate shown below.

Here is a direct quote from Mitt Romney:

"I've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter,Small varmints,if you will.

I began when I was fifteen or so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since


Friday, October 26, 2012

Bookplates By Robert Cairns Dobson

I am always interested in adding bookplates by Robert Cairns Dobson to my collection.
If you have any duplicates for sale or trade please contact me.

Here is a link with many examples of his bookplates:


See you on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Two Interesting Bookplate Links For Wednesday

I  have accumulated some interesting Blog postings about bookplates and will post a few each day so as not to overwhelm you.

James Spackman writes about  the way he designed this bookplate :


LarryT. Nix Writes about The Tabard Inn Library



One of the really nice things about writing a blog about library history and its artifacts is the contacts I get from people who share an interest in the things I write about. I was recently contacted by Chuck from Florida who shared an image of his restored Tabard Inn Library revolving bookcase (shown here). These bookcases are wonderful pieces of furniture as well as an integral part of the story of Seymour Eaton's two libraries - the Booklovers Library and the Tabard Inn Library.  Both were commercial lending libraries, and I have written previously about them on this blog and on my Library History Buff website. In an initial advertisement for the Tabard Inn Library, Eaton indicated that 10,000 of these bookcases would be manufactured at a rate of 25 and then 50 a day. The bookcases were placed in drug stores, hotels, and even public libraries. After paying an initial life membership fee of $3.00, members could exchange books on any revolving bookcase for an additional 5 cents. The bookcases have now become treasured antiques and have been sold for as much as nine thousand dollars. The Menasha Public Library in Menasha, WI is fortunate enough to have one of these bookcases, and I recently came across an online article about another restored Tabard Inn Library bookcase at the Oceanside Civic Center Library in California. I would love to have one of these bookcases but they are a little above my price range. However, I do have a fairly extensive collection of memorabilia related to both the Booklovers Library and the Tabard Inn Library including some of the books that were in their collections. Thanks Chuck for sharing the image of your Tabard Inn Library bookcase and for giving me an excuse for writing about these bookcases again".


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dealer/ Collector Profile, Anthony Tufts

Tony and Anne Tufts

I am a book dealer located in Exeter New Hampshire. Lately I find myself
doing less with books and more with ephemera , prints and bookplates. Two
years ago I bought my first collection without quite knowing what I was
getting into. I, like so many before me, became fascinated by these
miniature art works and by the stories they can tell. Since that first
purchase I have been fortunate enough to have acquired several more
collections. I have had bookplates by Hurd , French, Severin , Zetti,
MacDonald, Smith, Spencely and many others pass through my hands.

For the most part I buy in order to sell but I have also taken some baby
steps towards becoming a collector as well. One of my customers in
Washington D.C. sent me two of his bookplates and they were the beginning of
my collection. A particular favorite is Italo Zetti's Ex Musicis of Chr.
Van Der Straaten. I like the outdoors, hiking , gardening and music.
Rather than collecting a particular artist or engraver I find myself drawn
to bookplates with outdoor scenes, gardens, starry nights and musical
connections. The Van Der Straaten bookplate has a lot of that.

While I appreciate the work of the American Masters of the "Golden Age" I prefer Art Deco and
 Art Nouveau exlibris  and the artists of the Glasgow School

Bookplates provide a way to collect and deal in works of art that are
affordable and I enjoy researching owner's names to learn about their
interests or occupations.

I just sold this bookplate of William C. Gotshall. The design of the bookplate reflects Gotshall's broad ranging interest. When Gotshall died he left his rare book collection to the New York State Library.
There were three provisions to his bequest and of course I find the number one condition to be both interesting and telling:
(1) an appropriate bookplate bearing his name to be designed and inserted in each book; (2) the collection to be cataloged; and (3) "The choice books, rarities, first editions, those in exceptional bindings, etc. to be kept forever as a separate collection, shelved in specifically designed bookcases in a special room..."

I have a confession to make. I have recently started to read about
heraldry. Oh dear!

Tony Tufts, Exeter Rare Books

Selling on eBay as Exeter-rare-books

Note From Lew Jaffe

I like to publish collector profiles. If you want your profile to be included in a future posting just send me a paragraph or two about your collection, along with a few Jpeg scans.If English is not your primary language I can assist you with editing.  Collectors in Europe and Asia are encouraged to participate

Who is A.C. Palmer?

I found a bookplate etched   by A.C. Palmer earlier in the week and fellow collector Anthony Pincott  sent the following information about the owner H(Henry) Valentine Geere , a writer.

"Geere was born in 1874. There are a lot of his archaeological notebooks, sketches etc dating from around 1900 listed at http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/ead/ead.html?id=EAD_upenn_museum_PUMu1017 (University of Pennsylvania). Maybe the university holds biographical details? I cannot find a date of death for him in England, and he may perhaps have lived in the US. This said, his main book was published in Edinburgh. In any event, he must have worked with the University of Pennsylvania because of his article The American Excavations at Nippur.The work of the expedition from the University of Pennsylvania, published in The Monthly Review, 1903. There’s no obvious entry for him in the IGI.
Of A.C. Palmer I find absolutely nothing – this is a common surname, and without full first names we are quite lost. He is not listed in the standard UK directories of book illustrators of the 19th and 20th century. I think that the only way forward will be to discover other copies of this bookplate with associated notes giving fuller info. Again, I suppose him to have been American."

Does anyone out there have any information about A. C. Palmer?
See you next Sunday

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Some Interesting Bookplates

Fellow Collector Yosef  Halper visited Philadelphia last week and we exchanged duplicates.
One of the items I got was a bookplate for Simcha Ambache.
He was a Palestinian born consulting engineer with the Suez Canal Co. who raised his family in colonial Egypt.
Mr. Ambache is linked to the creation of modern Israel through the marriage of his two daughters (Suzy and Aura) to Abba Eban & Chaim Herzog.

 I have a duplicate copy of this bookplate for possible exchange .
One of the mystery bookplates I got in the exchange is shown below.
Does anyone out there know anything about the owner or the artist?

Robert Gilmore, sent the following information:

I am not an expert in languages, but I believe that the name is in Cyrillic script.
I also believe that it translates as M. Shostakovich.
Maxim Dmitrievich Shostakovich is a Russian conductor and pianist.
He is a child of Dmitri Shostakovich.
He is living and is 74 years of age.

Paul Scheltens, sent the following information:

The bookplate for M.Shostakovich is designed by Vladimir Mitsoek (born 1949) who has been making exlibris since 1975.
In 1982 he had already a work list of 160 bookplates in wood engraving, plastic engraving, linocut and etching.

The bookplate shown below was used by Pierre Clément Laussat , the last colonial Commissioner
of The Louisiana Territory.

Pierre Clément Laussat (1756-1835) was the prefect sent by Napoleon Bonaparte
to New Orleans in 1803 to oversee the transfer of Louisiana from France to the U.S.
 His bookplate is Engraved on laid paper. The outside dimensions are 7 x 5 inches.

Laussatt found it necessary to modify his bookplate after the French Revolution,
eliminating symbols associated with his nobility.
He substituted his monogram for the family coat of arms
This bookplate bears his monogram.This also is a duplicate available for possible exchange or sale.

Crawford Burton was a wealthy stock broker and sportsman whose dubious claim to fame was a Camel Cigarette Endorsement ad  .This is his beautifully engraved bookplate.

If you are one of those very foolish people who look at electronic devices while driving please pull over to the side of the road before clicking on this link.I don't want to cause an accident because you started to laugh
instead of concentrating on the car in front of you.

See You Next Sunday.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Threats and Warnings on Bookplates-Part Two

If you have additional bookplates with threats and warnings please send me scans and they will be added to this posting.


Pierre Paul Plane (1870-1951)

Tiffany Thayer (1902-1959)

John Simpson- an English bookplate collector whose collection

was sold at Bonhams in 2005


 A dramatic black-and-white woodcut engraving, within a 1-inch margin, of a man hanging on a gibbet with a towering cloud over sharply peaked roofs in the background & an upturned face in the foreground. The image is headed "Borrower Beware" with "From the Crime Library of John Kobler" printed below. The signature "CS" appears in the plate. The margins of the bookplate are somewhat soiled, else very good. John Kobler worked for various news organizations as a reporter before editing the crime reportage of PM, a 1940s New York tabloid. In World War II he was a civilian intelligence officer posted to North Africa, Italy and France. He returned to freelance for The New Yorker, Colliers, Vanity Fair and The Saturday Evening Post. His first book, published in 1938, was "The Trial of Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray" about a notorious 1927 murder case. "Some Like It Gory" [1940] and "Afternoon in the Attic" [1950] were collections of essays about bizarre crimes and creepy characters. His best-known book was "Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone", a biography published in 1971 and reissued in 1992

Rockwell Kent- designed this plate for The Antioch Bookplate Co. (style 7Y52)

New York State

This label  below was pasted in a book I purchased on Ebay.
 I wonder if this law is still on the books ?


G.H. Newton of Uxbridge Road , beware.

A  customer who does not forgive nor forget

Richard G. Wilson-

Is a renaissance man with many talents and interests. I hope to write more about him in a future blog posting. The three computer assisted designs shown below were crafted with public domain illustrations

Image shown above was originally designed by Alexander Anderson


See you next Sunday.