Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mystery Bookplate & A Link For History Buffs

There are a number of books at LC with this bookplate and I would like to find out who was the original owner.
The  books were bound in Rio de Janeiro.  So possibly a Brazilian owner?
Cheryl Fox
Collections Specialist
Manuscript Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC  20540-4600
phone 202.707.3303

fax 202.707.6269
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Note from Lew
 For good reason, I bitch and moan about all the terrible politicians in Washington and sometimes forget how many hard working dedicated people are working  at organizations like The Library Of Congress and
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

I am intentionally  keeping this posting brief because I want to encourage you to look at this link from the Bureau Of Archives.


George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Over 119,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative Founding Fathers Papers projects.

If you are an American history buff it will impress you.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Random Thoughts about Bookplates, Ephemera and Life In General

Daniel Mitsui is at the top of his game.
Here is one of his recent bookplate designs.

This is Allen* #821 , Franks** # F28032
* American Book-Plates by Charles Dexter Allen
** Catalog of the Franks Collection of British and American Bookplates Bequeathed To The British Museum by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks

Mr. Allen attributes the bookplate to Peter Maverick but this is highly unlikely.
It is also possible that Allen was describing a  bookplate for another person named William Stephens .
 The quest begins.  I will keep you updated as my research continues...

From time to time I still use" archaic" words like dungarees and valise
I  remember how Tomatoes tasted before the advent of corporate genetic alteration.
That's why I am a card carrying member of this organization.

.It's interesting to see how quickly words change within  a few generations
In the 1890's men smoked Segars imported from Havana

In the 1840's Cheap did not have a negative connotation

The rebirth of an old idea- From The New York Times July 29,2013

 Some Hotels Offer people an escape from electronic addiction (My Words)

Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Time
"Reading material in many hotel rooms has become about as spare as it can be — open the desk drawer and it might hold a Gideon Bible and a Yellow Pages.
But some hotels are giving the humble book another look, as they search for ways to persuade guests, particularly younger ones, to spend more time in their lobbies and bars. They are increasingly stocking books in a central location, designating book suites or playing host to author readings. While the trend began at boutique hotels like the Library Hotel in New York, the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore., and the Study at Yale in New Haven, it is expanding to chain hotels.
For these chains, a library — or at least the feel of one — allows a lobby to evolve from a formal space to a more homelike atmosphere, one that younger customers seek. Adam Weissenberg, vice chairman for the travel, hospitality and leisure groups at Deloitte, said, “My general impression is that this ties into changing demographics.” He added, “Younger travelers want to be part of the community.”
As with any other change in a hotel, there is a financial angle. Room revenue in hotels rose 6.3 percent in 2012 compared with a year earlier, but food and beverage revenue increased only 2.3 percent, according to PKF Hospitality Research Trends.
For hotels, the challenge is to persuade guests to spend more time, and money, in restaurants and bars, rather than venturing outside.
The Indigo Atlanta-Midtown hotel, for example, has a separate space in the lobby it calls the Library, with books, newspapers and coffee. The Indigo Nashville Hotel also has a library-style seating area.
Country Inns and Suites, with 447 hotels, now has an exclusive arrangement with Penguin Random, called Read It and Return Lending Library, that allows guests to borrow a book and return it to another location during a subsequent stay.
Scott Meyer, a senior vice president at Country Inns, says the goal is to provide guests, 40 percent of whom are business travelers, with “something they didn’t expect.”
Since early July (a version of the program was begun in 2001) the hotel chain has offered novels by Dean Koontz and Steve Berry and other Random House authors, as well as children’s books. A corporate blog contains an excerpt from Mr. Koontz’s March release, “Deeply Odd.” The circulating books for both authors will be from the backlist.
Mr. Berry is enthusiastic about a new outlet for his work. He called it “the easiest, most efficient, carefree way to put books into the hands of readers.”
In June, the Hyatt Magnificent Mile in Chicago completed a renovation that includes a bar stocked with books and magazines and a small number of computers.
Marc Hoffman, the chief operating officer of Sunstone Hotel Investors, which owns the hotel, says he has also brought the library concept to Sunstone’s other hotels, including the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel which has books about presidents and sports; the Newport Regency Beach Hyatt; and the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, where he says books about the Boston Celtics, fishing and baseball are popular.
“We’re creating spaces people can relax in,” he said.
Bookstores and Web sites supplying hotels report an uptick in business. The Strand bookstore in New York, for example, sells books to the Library Hotel and the Study at Yale, as well as to hotels in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, among others. Jenny McKibben, who coordinates the store’s corporate accounts, estimates that 60 percent of corporate business stems from hotels or design firms working for hotels.
Before the recession, she said, 15 to 20 hotels a year would call to order books. Now, with increased guest interest and newer technology that allows hotels to review pictures and title lists, the number of hotels ordering has increased to about 40 annually. “It’s a new luxury item,” she said of books.
Meanwhile the boutique hotels are personalizing a library-like experience even more.
At the Library Hotel in New York, where individual floors are assigned numbers from the Dewey decimal system and rooms have books within that classification, the hotel ran a haiku contest in April to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Steven Perles, an international lawyer practicing in Washington and a frequent guest, didn’t participate in the contest, but during a recent stay he considered his choice of the hotel. “Books are so much part of the appeal,” he said, although on an earlier trip he said he stayed in a room designated for Slavic languages and couldn’t understand any of them. Still, he gives the hotel high marks for its service.
Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore., supplies books to the Heathman Hotel in that city. Authors appearing at the bookstore or nearby Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, who stay at the hotel, go through a ritual of signing their most recent work to add to the hotel’s collection. The hotel has nearly 2,100 books signed by authors including works by Saul Bellow, Stephen King and Greg Mortenson. Guests have access to the library each evening.
Some hotels are staging author readings. Ahead of President Obama’s second inauguration, Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham Quarterly and former editor of Harper’s Magazine, read excerpts from “A Presidential Miscellany,” a book he wrote, at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington.
The Algonquin Hotel in New York is looking to build on its rich literary history with a suite stocked with books from Simon & Schuster.
On a recent evening, more than 125 people gathered in the hotel’s main lobby to hear Chuck Klosterman, the author, essayist and columnist on ethics for The New York Times, read from his latest work, “I Wear the Black Hat,” published by Simon & Schuster.
Mr. Hoffman said that hotel books could become a souvenir. He says every book is stamped with the hotel name. And he concedes that some guests may take them home.
“We hope they remember the trip, remember the good times and go back again,” he said."

Whatever comes around goes around.

Let's turn the clock back to the days when men smoked  segars.
Many hotels had reading rooms.
Here are just  a few bookplate examples:

                                               Parker House    Engraved By J.W. Spenceley

If any of you have some unusual hotel bookplates please send me a scan and I will add it to this posting

8/18/2013: Just Received this note:
Dear Mr. Jaffe:

I saw with interest your blog post on hotels in the US that have books and reading spaces available to guests.

I don't know about the general trend in Europe, but last summer, my husband and I stayed in a hotel in Brussels during a bad heat wave that offered such an amenity. It was the Hotel Sofitel in Brussels located in Place Jourdan [a lovely jewel-box of a place, I might add].

The only negative thing I can say about it was that there initially was the ubiquitous  loud and intrusive music that seems to be thought necessary to be piped in everywhere. When I requested that it be turned down or off in the library space, however, the staff immediately complied.

We spent every morning of our stay in the hotel's library space, as we didn't want to venture out into the oppressive heat and sun. And we indeed did spend money inside the hotel, enjoying the coffee and fabulous pastries that were brought to us there. I am a bad traveler, but this was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've ever had in a hotel and I remember it fondly.

Thanks for the post. I look forward to reading your blog each Sunday.

Kind regards,
Ms. A. O'Connor

Galway, Ireland

8/21/2013 Just arrived- from an E Bay purchase

See you next Sunday.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

American , German & English Bookplates on Ebay

  The MacGowan plate was done by the house of B.Garfunkle .The engraver was M.Georges Habig.
A party of Phonectian traders have landed on The Stannitee (the tin islands- Britain) and are trading dyed textiles for the tin that was necessary to harden their copper weapons.
In the background are the white cliffs of Southern Britain .The boat was copied from a picture of a Phonecian boat found in an Egyptian carving.
To the left are the skin clad Britons
The Bennett A. Cerf  bookplate was designed by Rockwell Kent.
If you examine the stone face under magnification (click on the image) you will see Mr. Cerf's name

   I have  listed a very nice selection of  thirty five bookplates on Ebay and thought they might interest you.

 To place a bid you can search Ebay by my seller name Bookplatemaven in the advanced search section

I'll be back with my regular blog posting when the auction ends.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The Oldest American Bookplate

I never gave much thought to what might be the oldest American bookplate until  several very thoughtful dealers forwarded a blog posting by Rebecca Rego Barr at The Fine Books Blog

this is what she wrote   

" This week I am at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School taking a week-long course called Provenance: Tracing Owners and Collections, taught by David Pearson. Topics include "inscriptions, paleography, bookplates, heraldry, bindings as provenance evidence, sale catalogues, tracing owners, and the recording of provenance data in catalogues" -- in other words, absolutely fascinating stuff, and a lot of it. I intend to write up a better report once the rigorous week comes to a close, but for now, perhaps an answer to a question posed today during a discussion of bookplates. What was the first American bookplate? Sources report that the 1642 bookplate of Massachusetts printer Stephen Daye (printer of the Bay Psalm Book) was the first. Finding an image, however, proved more than a quick Google search away. So classmates--and interested readers--is this the first American bookplate?

Screen shot 2013-07-30 at 10.40.08 PM.pngAccording to The Bookplate Annual for 1921, which is where I pulled this image from, "The general consensus of opinion is that it is indeed the bookplate of the Cambridge printer." (No matter the spelling difference; as we are learning this week, that was very fluid in the 17th c.) However, is it not truly a book label since it was printed and not engraved or etched as bookplates generally are? "

This was my response:

Dear Rebecca,
The question is simple enough but the answer is more complicated..Once you start delving into early 18th century American bookplates you are probably dealing with Anglo- American plates from the libraries of royal governors and large land holders like Lord Baltimore.Most of the bookplates were not dated so I suspect your quest is a major research project.
I can ,if you wish, ask the question on my bookplate blog..
Lew Jaffe

The original question was posted on several websites and newsletters .
 David Szewczyk's  response was very thought provoking.

This was David's  Response:

Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:20:58 -0400

From: "Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts (PRB&M)"
Subject: Re: ["EXLIBRIS-L"] First American bookplate?

Vic and others,

At the bottom of the blog I see:

"However, is it not truly a book label since it was printed and not engraved
or etched as bookplates generally are?"

Bookplates of the 15th- and 16th-century, and well into the 17th-century, are
woodcut or printed from type.  Very, very few of that period are engraved.
19th- and 20th-century bookplates can be lithographed, chromolithographed,
linocut, woodengraved, photomechanically produced, etc.  It would be very
difficult for an Anglo-American bookplate of the 17th-century to be engraved
(in the New World) for that art is late in arriving in the Anglo colonies and
was not practice in the 1640s.

Now about "America."  It is being used in a very Anglo-centric way.
Libraries, both institutional and private, existed in Spanish America more
than 100 years before they did in the English colonies.  The earliest
bookplates for Mexico, as far as we know (but much research is still needed)
are in books that belonged the Jesuit establishments and were a woodcut stamp
on pieces of paper that were affixed to pastedowns and other blank areas.
Other times the stamp was simply used as a stamp. These date from as early as
the 1580s.

Be well,

David Szewczyk

I Confess, I have an Anglo-centric bias and do not think in terms of the other countries which had a foothold in what was to become America.If you eliminate the Spanish settlers on the west coast , the French colonists in The Louisiana Territory and focus only on English settlers and land owners what is the earliest  American Bookplate?

Perhaps it is this one dated 1702

Charles Carroll the Settler
Charles Carroll the Settler.jpg
Charles Carroll the Settler
Attorney General of the Maryland Colony
In office
Attorney General for the Calvert Proprietorship
In office
Attorney General of the Maryland Colony
In office
Personal details
Maryland colony
Spouse(s)Martha Ridgely Underwood, Mary Darnall
ChildrenAnthony, Charles, Charles, Henry, Eleanor, Bridget, Charles (of Annapolis), Anthony, Daniel, Mary, Eleanor
OccupationPlanter, Lawyer, Businessman
ReligionRoman Catholic

If you know of an earlier American bookplate please send me a scan and I will update this posting..

See You next Sunday.