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.
the most part I buy in order to sell but I have also taken some baby
towards becoming a collector as well. One of my customers in
sent me two of his bookplates and they were the beginning of
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
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
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
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
Labels: A.C. Palmer, H. Valentine Geere