The Boston shows were , as usual, both productive and exhausting.
I purchased several "mystery bookplates" and hope you recognize some of them.
.The John Kobler bookplate shown below will go with my group about threats and warnings.
Here is some biographical information about the owner:
" 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"  and "Afternoon in the Attic"  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"
Does anyone out there know who the woodcut artist CS might be?
This is mystery bookplate #1 . I suspect it is European and I can't make out the owner's last name.
This is Mystery Bookplate#2
I think it might be from the library of John R. Bockstoce , an Arctic historian and archaeologist and I will contact him to confirm my suspicions.
11/19/2012 -Mystery #2 Solved
Dear Mr. Jaffe:
If I remember correctly, my bookplate was designed and
manufactured by Leo Wyatt in the U.K. in the 1970s.
Best wishes, John Bockstoce
This is mystery bookplate #3
This one inch square bookplate was sent to me by fellow collector Edith A. Rights.. I've written to her to see if she has any information about the owner(s) who I believe are Else and Edgar Hermann
This is Mystery bookplate #4
I purchased this yesterday at the show.
A previous collector made the following notation:
Received from the artist Mr.James Guthrie, The Pear Tree Press. Flansham,
near Bognor, Sussex ,England.
The plate is dated 1919 and I do not see Guthrie’s cypher.
In the 1936 American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designner's Yearbook a Guthrie checklist (page 28) indicates that a 1929
color plate was designed for William Maurice.
Do you know anything about this plate? Was it done by Guthrie ?
Mystery #4 solved By Fellow Collector Anthony Pincott
your recent blog, Lew, you sought to name the artist of the William Maurice
plate with its nude woman modestly draped in seaweed. There is what seems to be
a two-letter signature (which defeats me) above the date 1919. Having some
similarity of treatment with poet Walter de la Mare’s exlibris, it cries out JJ
Guthrie, and in October 1919 issue of The Bookplate Magazine (edited by
Guthrie) I find it illustrated with the caption “Bookplate adapted from D.
Maclise, R.A., by James Guthrie” preceding a 3-page essay by Guthrie on the
naked figure in bookplates. As the standard symbol of Ireland in the 18th
century, and with the rise of Romantic nationalism, the harp was increasingly
personified in its winged-maiden form as a female symbol of Erin (Ireland) and
her struggle for political independence. The song ‘The Origin of the
Harp’, written by Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852) and first published in
the third number of his Irish Melodies in 1810, described the harp as
metamorphosed out of the body and long flowing hair draped over the arm of a
bare-breasted nymph marooned in a sea-cave. Abandoned by her lover, she weeps.
So in allegory, linked to the harp, she represents broken-hearted Eire whose
land and freedom have been taken. Moore’s imagery inspired paintings and other
illustrations by artists including Robert Fagan and Daniel Maclise (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Maclise). Thus it is the latter’s
supercharged kitsch-erotic painting bearing this same title ‘The Origin of
the Harp’ (painted and first exhibited in 1842, and now in the collection of
Manchester City Art Gallery) that is the acknowledged precursor of Guthrie’s
William Maurice bookplate.
That's about all for this posting.
If you have any mystery bookplates and need assistance with identification send your scan to