Sunday, April 29, 2012
Bookplate Questions On 4/29/2012
4/30/2012- Sent by fellow collector Mark Griffin
I got this trade card/ bookplate recently because I never heard of the artist , Phyllis Brackett. .Nothing about her in any of my reference books and the only thing I found on the internet was an announcement in the 1/1/25 Harvard Alumni News that Miss Brackett was engaged to Dexter S. Paine. Do any of you have examples of her bookplates or additional information about the artist?
4/30/2012 Fellow collector Mark Griffin's response:
The dog on the right on the bookkeepers bookplate is a bull mastiff. I am not sure what breed the dog on the left is.
I thought this one was English and was surprised to find out that it was designed for The U.S. Army Institute Of Heraldry.
Here is a link with information about the institute:
I will contact them to find out who designed the plate and add the information to this posting when it is received..
4/30/2012 Bonnie Henning at The Institute of Heraldry responded as follows:
The bookplate was placed in all our library books. We use to have quite an
extensive library; however, it has been more or less dismantled recently.
The plate contains our coat of arms - . I asked another
employee who has been here about 30 years and she does not know when it was
designed or who designed it and we have no records on it.
Please send scans and any input to
If you have bookplate questions I will try to assist you.
See you again next Sunday.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A Bookplate Cake
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Sunday, April 22, 2012
Angling Bookplates from Several Collections
was an important collector of angling books last century and his books
sold in the early 2000's in about 5 separate sales at Pacific Book
The second one is Joe Bates plate. Bates was a very prolific angling
writer and his bookplate signifies that beautifully: the fly rod
crossed with the quill."
Send your scans to
4/23/2012-Sent by fellow collector Wally Jansen
I just couldn't resist this although technically it is not a bookplate but a New Year's card from 1960.
Dear Mr. Jaffe,
In the attachement you'll see a dutsch universal angling ex libris from +/- 1930-1935. It is one of a serie of universal ex libris about sports and music.
5/4/2012-The J.Cros-Decam b0o0o-plate was submitted by Jacques Laget
a bookplate by Germain Delatousche (1898-1966) for the Doctor J. Cros-Decam.
Wood engraved in 1957
1/29/2013 This bookplate (Fearing #116) was submitted by fellow collector Brandon Simmons.
Next Saturday I will be attending the Richmond Virginia bookfair
If you are in the Richmond area and have bookplates for sale or exchange I would love to hear from you.
See you again next Sunday.
Labels: Angling Bookplates
Sunday, April 15, 2012
This Week In Bookplates 4/14/2012- Part Two
. I believe it to be English and Mr.Cameron appears to be an entomologist.
.The meaning of the other strange illustrations is unknown to me.
4/19/2012- Fellow Collector Anthony Pincott has sent the following additional information:
" Cedric W Cameron as Cedric Wilson Cameron (1891-1957). He was born in West Derbyshire, married twice, in 1914 and 1937, and died aged 65 at Liskeard,
Tom Boss had many tempting bookplates.Two of the plates I purchased from him were English.
The engraved plate for Torrence Hunt was done by A. J. Downey
The engraved plate for Sybil Waller was done by her father Pickford Waller.
I do not remember who sold me the engraved plate for Junius Penny Smith. Does anyone out there
know who designed it ?
The Sandhill Farm- Life School plate was drawn by Philip O. Palmstrom in 1921
If you are a regular reader you may recall that I am particularly interested in Judaica bookplates.
The Jewish Theological Seminary. has digitized an enormous collection of Judaica bookplates.
It is overwhelming and I am only halfway through volume one.
Here is a link:
Next week I plan to write about angling bookplates. If you have a favorite angling plates and would like it
included in the posting please send a scan to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
See you next Sunday.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
This Week In Bookplates 4/14/2012 Part One
.I use it as a compliment and a form of admiration..At the A.B.A.A show yesterday I meet two old fashioned dealers ,Ellen and Nicholas Cooke, the proprietors of Black Swan Books in Richmond, Virginia It is always refreshing in our digitally enhanced world to meet with booksellers who have genuine passion and enthusiasm for the trade and the knowledge to back it up.
Here are a few items by Dugald Stewart Walker(1883-1937) which I purchased from them.
|In 1931 Dugald Stewart Walker was living at The Hotel Shelton in New York City|
when he sent this card to Elizabeth Cocke. His little hand written note at the bottom says
"and a happy new year to miss Elizabeth"
|In 1930 Dugald Stewart Walker was living at The Hotel Shelton in New York City when he sent this card|
to Elizabeth Cocke.The card was designed in 1914 .
Here is a link with more information about the bookplates and Christmas cards of Dugald Stewart Walker
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Diary Of A Yuppie Fisherman
|Steven and Grandson Harrison at Brooklyn Flea in 2008|
We go to a lovely place in Canada called Tedford's Lakeside Lodge.
Here's how Yuppie fishing works:
9A.M. You get up and amble over to the dining room for a hearty breakfast .
10A.M. A guide takes you to a spot in the lake where fish are waiting in line to be caught..
( He baits the hook for you)
Noon- The guide takes you to a beautiful clearing on shore where his assistant has already started a fire
and is frying steak and roasting potatoes.
The guide cleans the fish and fries them with vegetables and spices.
(You open your own cans of beer)
130 P.M. The guide asks if you want to continue fishing.but your preference is an afternoon nap.
|Big Fish caught in 2002|
|Brother Arnold in 2002|
This is the only bookplate I found in Kingston. It was engraved by E.D.French
I had intended to write about Angling bookplates this morning but once the thoughts started flowing in this direction I followed the flow. Next weekend I will be more focused on bookplates and hopefully will have found lots of treasures at the two New York City book shows..
See you soon.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Random Thoughts About Google & Ebay
Here is an overview of the major traffic sources.
All giant entities eventually get replaced but it is pretty obvious that Google is in a very enviable position.
Last week I listed about 18 bookplates on Ebay .The bidding was extremely competitive and several new collectors were active participants.Perhaps this is a leading indicator of an improving economy.
Ebay is more vulnerable than Google to being challenged by another established entity with deep pockets.
Two possible competitors come to mind, Amazon and Barnes and Noble..
The problem Ebay has is that it's success has turned it into a flabby giant.There is far too much clutter.
Several collectors have mentioned that they look at the site less frequently because of all the irrelevant listings.
In any event it is still the only viable game in town and I plan to list more bookplates with them in May.
If you would like to be notified about my next Ebay auction send an Email to:
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.Does anyone out there recognize the name(s) of the owner or the artist?
See You next Sunday.