Friday, August 31, 2012
American Name Labels, Part Four
Benjamin Vinton French (1791-1860)
Alexander Fridge (1765-1839) ?
House Of Representatives.T.Barnard ,. Printer
"Theodore Barnard was on the southwest corner of 11th street and the Avenue, the site afterward occupied by The Star; Blair & Reeves, publishers of the Congressional Globe, on the north side of the Avenue, between 3d and 4 ½ streets, in the building known as Jackson Hall. M. Buel was on the south side of the Avenue between 12th and 13th streets, and afterward was of the firm of Buel & Blanchard, publishers of the National Era, on 6th street below the Avenue. Gales & Seaton were at 7th and D streets, publishing the Intelligencer, and the Gideons were on 9th street."
Caleb HuntingtonI suspect this is American but I can't say it with absolute certainty.The fact that his daughter's name is Rebecca will be most helpful when someone does some further research.
John R. Livingston (Allen # 494)
William Lord, East Haddam
Stay tuned for part five.See you soon.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
American Name Labels , Part Three
Rebecca Berry, Portland
Teiley BlakssleeThis Label is one of my favorites.It is quite large measuring 80 X by 178 mm.border to border.
It undoubtedly came from a large quarto or folio volume.
The owner was probably from Connecticut
Robert Brough,Norfolk , VirginiaThere are a number of internet references to Mr. Brough. He was very active in The Masons in the early 19th century
Samuel Jordan Cabell
SamuelDexter ( Allen # 222)
James Edmondson, Essex, 1772
David Fonda, Albany
UPDATE 8 /31/2012I found two more examples similar to the Ann Franklin label. My assumption about the printer of the Ann Franklin plate may have been clouded by wishful thinking.Perhaps the plate was used by a different Ann Franklin.The last thing I want to do is spread misinformation so I will back away from my from my assumption until more research is completed..
Monday, August 27, 2012
American Name Labels, Part Two
Amos Allen, Jun.
General John Armstrong
General John Armstrong fought in the American revolution.
The Association Library
(Philadelphia). For many years I thought it was printed by Ben Franklin but I now believe I was mistaken.
Edward Bass ,Jun.I wrote about the Edward Bass Jr label. in a 2009 blog posting.
Here is a link:
Caroli Benselof Germantown, Pennsylvania woodcut label with type border printed by Christopher Sower
Sunday, August 19, 2012
American Name Labels Part One
I'll tell you what,
I'm called on hot,
All round the Ot-
To pay my shot
[Pg 147]For pill and pot.
If you don't trot
Up to the spot,
And ease my lot,
You'll smell it hot.
|William Gaston 1778-1844|
|Hannah McClure was William Gaston's second wife|
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Odds and Ends
It is a Disneyland for paper, book and ephemera collectors
Larry McMurtry in his bookstore in Archer City, Texas, August 6, 2012 David Woo/Dallas Morning News/Corbis
Larry McMurtry's bookplate is shown below. It depicts the brand used in his family's cattle ranch and nothing else
.I mention him because he had the income stream and determination to establish a book town in the middle of nowhere.If you are from Archer City Texas and are offended, I apologize. Eventually he decided to sell 300,000 books from his inventory and The New York Times article about the auction is very interesting.On the one hand it is about the September song of his impossible dream.On the other hand it's nice to hear about young people buying truckloads of books to start a book store.
Here is a link to the article:
If you plan to be there and have bookplates for sale or trade send me an email.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Collector Profile Thomas C. S- Wixon
" I have over 200 hundred seals (will let it go at that!). The seal I am holding is an 18th century Imperial household bronze seal. One of my best, historically. I was given the Chinese name "Sage Falcon" because my surname: Sokolosky has the root word of Falcon. So my main "bookplate" seal is "From the library of the Sage Falcon". For special books I have one that reads "A Treasure from the library of the Sage Falcon".
Links Worth Visiting
The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers has an updated website with useful information
Exlibris land has updated it's bookplate exchange website.
|From My Crest Collection|
From time to time I have been purchased small crest collections
.I really know very little about this hobby and was pleased to find this website.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Chinese Iconography in American Bookplates
Collectors from around the globe came to meet fellow enthusiasts, attend seminars,
and exchange duplicates. Of the 138 registrants 16 were from China.The Chinese collectors were very enthusiastic When I list duplicates on EBay the high bidders are often from China.This is especially true for Rockwell Kent plates. He seems to be a cultural icon there. There are currently four Chinese bookplate Societies with an estimated total membership of 847.For additional information about all the bookplate societies around the world follow this link:
I have assembled a group of American bookplates with Chinese themes for your enjoyment.
If you have similar items in your collection and would like them added to this posting send your scans to
The Frederick Townsend Ward plate was engraved bi Sidney Lawton Smith in 1910
The two bookplates shown below were designed by Hui-Ming Wang..
Here is a link with biographical information about him.
biographical information about the owners of these bookplates and translations of the Chinese words.
See you next Sunday..