Sunday, March 25, 2012
Artist Profile Robert (Bobby ) Campbell
Do you have a website?
What was your relationship with Robert Anton Wilson?
I was a student of his at the Maybe Logic Academy, where he taught online classes during his last few years. I knew him mostly from those classes and through e-mail, though I did get to meet him in person once.
Though before all that he was my very favorite writer during my late teens & early 20's. If I could have chosen to meet any writer/artist living or dead it would have been him. Getting to become friends w/ him really was a dream come true for me. I've even been lucky enough in recent years to get to do book covers and interior illustrations for several new editions of his books.
Who asked you to design the bookplate?
Friends of his who were endeavoring to catalog his library. (I had just done some art for him previously, and kinda became a go to guy for RAW art)
What if anything is the meaning of all the symbols and images on the bookplate?
Everything in the bookplate is a reference pulled from his works. I tried to capture a fair approximation of his extraordinarily eclectic interests. (Eris throwing the Apple of Discord, The Tempio Malatesta, O'Connell Bridge over the River Liffey, Loch Ness Monster, Masonic checkerboard floor, and an impossible/recursive pyramid w/ his smiley face logo in the middle)
To your knowledge was the bookplate used by him when he was alive?
I don't know how far they got into cataloging his library before he passed on, but he did at least see and seem to very much enjoy the bookplate.
Note from Lew -For those of you (like myself) who are unfamiliar with Robert Anton Wilson here is a photo of him and a biographical link:
|Robert Anton Wilson|
By way of coincidence, I recently purchased another science fiction writer's bookplate on Ebay.
Willy Ley's bookplate was designed by his wife Olga Ley
|Designed By Olga Ley|
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See you next Sunday
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Kindles And Shakers
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On to the Shakers- David Serette was a man with multiple interests and talents.The bookplate he designed for one of his many collections was memorable.
"A frustrated sculptor ,Serette began collecting old stone collectors tools and equipment .This led to slate carving , which led to early gravestone art which somehow led to a series of illustrated talks that kept leaning toward the macabre and resulted in yet another collection of early embalming tools and books on the subject."
Among his other hobbies were bookplates, booksellers labels,long haired Dachshunds and microscope slides. He also founded the Yellow Kid Press.The bookplates and note cards shown below were printed by him at the Shaker Press while he was an active member .
I have in my own collection correspondence from David Serette to Audrey Arellanes
.It is spiced with charming tidbits like this.
" Dear Audrey,
What a surprise hear from you.Saturday. If I sounded distracted it was because Sister Francis and the library secretary were bouncing around trying to tell me about the arrival of a baby lamb.They thought Arnold needed help..I'm trying to resign thr sheep midwife position,but-."
While doing some research for this posting I found the following comment about David Serette at this site:
That's about all for now.See you next Sunday.
Monday, March 12, 2012
This Week in Bookplates 3/12/2012
The bookplate shown below was sent to me by Maureen E. Mulvihill .
For a handy list of her recent credits, and for a feature on the Mulvihill Collection, see:
This link is overwhelming and probably should be bookmarked .The Online Archive of California lists
239 different bookplate references including a number of unusual bookplate collections.
Matt Mundell is experimenting with a holographic bookplate for his E Books.
Lee Kirk sent me this link about a Michael Fingesten exhibit.
Since one good turn deserves another here is a link to Lee Kirk's site:
I will back on Sunday. See you then.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
We all went to a local flea market where Jack (almost 2 years old) made his first flea market purchase (a lunch box).There were no bookplates for sale ;however, I did find a song broadside.
"Babylon Is Fallen!" (1863) Words and Music by Henry Clay Work 1. Don't you see de black clouds Risin' ober yonder, Whar de Massa's old plantation am? Neber you be frightened, Dem is only darkies, Come to jine an' fight for Uncle Sam, Chorus Look out dar, now! We's agwine to shoot! Look out dar, don't you understand? (Oh, don't you know dat) Babylon is fallen! Babylon is fallen! An' we's agwine to occupy the land. 2. Don't you see the lightnin' Flashin' in de canebrake, Like as if we's gwine to hab a storm? No! You is mistaken, 'Tis darkies' bay'nets, An' de buttons on dar uniform. (Chorus) 3. Way up in the cornfield, Whar you hear de tunder, Dat is our ole forty-pounder gun; When the shells are missin', Den we load wid punkins, All de same to make the cowards run. (Chorus) 4. Mass was de Kernel In de Rebel army, Eber sence he went an' run away; But his lubly darkies, Dey has been a-watchin', An' dey take him pris'ner tudder day. (Chorus) 5. We will be be the Massa, He will be the sarvant, Try him how he like it for a spell; So we crack de Butt'nuts, So we take the Kernel, So the cannon carry back de shell. (Chorus)
Here is a searchable and informative database about Song Broadsides.
The Kenneth S. Goldstein collection at Middle Tennesee State University
This is what I call a lazy day.I plan to continue
reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.put some recently purchased bookplates in albums and visit another flea maket.. Tomorrow, I will get back on track and write about bookplates.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Collector Profile Wally Jansen
By the way, Pam Rueter also wrote about and helped publicize bookplates and was good friends with M.C. Escher who also produced some bookplates, one of which I have. They are all stunningly beautiful and consequently also very expensive.
Other artists whose bookplates I collect are Dirk van Gelder, Theo van Hoytema and W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp. Van Gelder was the most prolific of the three but probably produced less than 150 bookplates. I think the other two, less than 20 each. One more artist whom I expect you are aware of is Anton Pieck. I have a few of his works but am selective about the ones I buy. He produced many without names for the mass market and a smaller number on commission for individuals. I collect the latter.
What I would be interested in in addition to those specific artists are bookplates made for my direct ancestors. A significant number of those both wrote and collected books and I would love to find any bookplates they might have used. The most likely ones to have had bookplates were the van Hall, the Bierens de Haan, and the de Witt families. The first two from the 19th and 20th century and the latter from the 17th century. I know 17th century bookplates are rare but Johan de Witt ran the country back then and was known for having a fine library. Another ancestor, George Clifford (1685-1760) also had a fabulous library in the 18th century. He too is likely to have had one or more bookplates - probably botanically illustrated because Carl Linnaeus was his gardener.
Here are a few examples of Pam Rueter bookplates.
If you have any bookplates for exchange or sale my contact information is :
The image shown below is a high resolution scan of the 1946 proof of membership in the Dutch Bookplate Club. I think you'll enjoy the image showing the various stages of a bookplate's life, Commission, Inspiration, Engraving, Printing and finally Collection. (Nothing about use as a bookplate!) It is a remarkably fine copper engraving by Engelien Reitsma-Valença. For being only four by four inches the detail is astonishing.
See you next Sunday
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Thursday Evening Bookplate Links
Here are a two interesting bookplate links:
See you on Sunday.