Monday, January 07, 2013

This Week in Bookplates 1/7 2013

Breaking News, Hot off the Press.

Major collections available for sale to private collectors do not hit the marketplace very often. It is remarkable that individual bookplates from two different collections are currently being sold by two dealers at the same time.

The Caplin Collection:

Stephen Caplin  lived in Brooklyn New York . He started his collection in the early 20th century and continued through the mid 1930's. During his lifetime he corresponded with the major bookplate dealers , collectors and designers.His letters are a treasure trove for bookplate historians.

His collection focuses on the following major areas;

18th and early 19th century American exlibris

.includes the rarest of the rare, George Washington, Paul Revere, etc.
well over 1,000 early American bookplates in all price ranges

Golden Age American Engravers

Includes E.D. French, S.L. Smith,, J.W. Spenceley, etc.

There are other significant smaller accumulations including 


18th century English.

For further information about the Caplin collection contact

 Mr Thomas Boss
Tel +617 308 5063


The Baron Collection

After retiring in the 1970's Howard  Baron began a new career as a bookseller specializing in antiquarian books, maps and ephemera .His shop in Rye , New York is called High Ridge Books.
Howard Baron passed away about thirteen years ago . His son Fred has continued the business
  Whenever I visited  his booth at book shows he mentioned his collection which was not for sale.

Fred Baron has begun to sell individual items from his father's  collection.
The collection is stored in five albums.
There is something for everyone in the collection including :

18th century American 

 18th Century English

 European Ex Libris 

 One album of Yale Bookplates

The items in the collection are reasonably priced and are not organized very well so a personal visit would be

For further information about the Baron collection contact :

Mr. Fred Baron

P.O. Box 286
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 967-3332
Fax: (914) 833-5159

The most interesting item I purchased at Papermania   was not a bookplate.
I  hope to write about it next week.after doing some research. A scan was sent to fellow collector Richard Schimmelpfeng . He speculated that the coarse , dirty paper was made from whatever rags were available after the war of 1812 and that it might have been a notice or broadside posted around the city.

I will be back on Sunday. See you soon.

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