Saturday, July 27, 2013

Collector Profile , Andrew Peake

Bookplate Collecting Profile
Andrew Peake

I was in the Amazon in 2011 as a tourist.

Bookplates have been within my family since before I was born in 1949.  This was because my uncle, probably as an art school project, started creating bookplates in the late 1940s.  As a result he created bookplates for his father, brothers (including my father) and himself as well as friends and for the school libraries in which he was posted as a school teacher.

As a result I was always aware of the bookplate in my father’s books as well as books in my grand-father’s library, as we visited my grand-parents nearly every Sunday and I roamed about the house and explored the library.

However, that was were it stayed until much later in life, until I organised a grant of arms from the College of Arms, London, for my father, with extension to myself.  In due course I received the grant from the College of Arms in 1976, but was then left with the dilemma of what to do with this grant of arms.  One use of the grant is to create a bookplate to embellish books in your library.  So I then approached an artist who advertised herself in the English Genealogist Magazine, Joan Harris who lived in Plymouth, England.   In due course she created a bookplate, which then went into my library, and I used a cut-down version on my letter-head and business card.  I subsequently discovered other plates by Joan Harris, in second hand book shops which I collected.  

Muriel Frega

A calligraphy plate made for me in a shop in Istanbul, Turkey.

Gordon Collett an English artist; 

David Frazer, an Australian wood block artist

Tom Mitchell an Australian caricaturist

Daniel Mitsui

I gradually started collecting bookplates, generally from second hand charity book shops, where the books could be purchased for a few dollars and the plates floated off, and the books recycled back into the book shops.  Contact with other collectors added to my collections, either through purchase or exchange. This led to further commissions for personal bookplates and I now have quite a number of plates by Australian and overseas artists in a range of mediums.

This refined my collecting as I soon appreciated that there were millions of bookplates out there and it was necessary to specialise, so I now concentrate on Australian and twentieth century armorial bookplates, though I have diverged occasionally into collecting plates from particular artists.

I assembled a good collection of Australian bookplate literature.  I added to this by assembling material for my publication, Australian Personal Bookplates, a register of plates which appeared in 1999.  An Addendum and Corrigendum is now in the pipe-line.  In 2012 I published, Bookplate Artists and their Bookplates, a book on the history on bookplates and artists in Australia from the early 18th century. 

I have also attended the Bookplate Congresses in Denmark, Beijing and Istanbul, which are great opportunities to meet and exchange with other bookplate aficionados from overseas.

My Email Address for possible exchanges is         

Notes from Lew.

Thank you Andrew . 

Here are two Australian links:

The Australian Bookplate Society


Dr. Wolfgang Rieger's latest list of plates for sale

In addition, Dr. Rieger has compiled a list of European Bookplate news and events and publications::

See you next Sunday

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