James P. Keenan is the director of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers (ASBC&D). The bookplate collecting association for America ( Established 1922). He sent me information about his plans for the society. With his permission I have copied the information.and I encourage you to to visit the newly revised and updated ASBC&D website
I asked James to send me a few bookplate images from the 100+ he has commissioned
. Here are a few examples:
(Birds) CGD by Nurgül Arikan (Turkey)
Calligraphy by Joke van den Brandt (Belgium)
Jazz Bookplate by Yuri Borovitsky
2013 UPDATE: The 21st century of bookplate collecting
Society's email address is still the most efficient means of communication.
After many technical complications, ALL publications are underway (including
finding a reliable digital press and tech support for the creation of printed
ALL printed publications along with engraved keepsakes are near
completion for our FULL PAID members. So we still value the old traditions, but
printing, engraving, even handling & postage cost more these days. It would be nice to have a publications committee, but we must find enthusiastic
volunteers in North America to join us in advancing the interest in bookplates!
Maybe some of your readers have the desire and the time to
Our NEW interactive website is a major
breakthrough. It has taken more than 2 years to develop At
last, we are up and running! On our site we offer a research “Library” with
dozens of complete books scanned (and many more to come). There is the online
“Ex Libris Exchange” page where you can post your items for exchange. An
"Author/Artist" page where members & visitors can submit articles and
images--it is not even necessary to go to the post office! And the “Forum” page
where you may be in contact with other collectors, ask questions, and post images.
We have the “Art of This Century Gallery” (out of respect for Peggy Guggenheim’s
famous New York City gallery) with hundreds of bookplates by top international
artists representing many nations! YOUR DAILY PARTICIPATION IS KEY TO THE SUCCESS
OF OUR SITE
Take a LOOK!! I always eagerly await suggestions for your
ALL good things take time. I found our talented webmaster from The University of Connecticut at Storrs living in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato,
It has been a while since my last update. From April
through July, I took a scholarly excursion overseas. Some part of this
excursion I shared with my friend and colleague, Nurgül Arikan.
I started in
Stockholm and visited fine collections of North American bookplates in Sweden
with the guidance of Lars Stolt and Per-Axel Wiktorsson . Then visited Klaus Roedel's bookplate museum in Frederikshavn,
Denmark. Klaus is a pioneer and has been an active member of our society since
1968. He has one of the largest collections in the world. It covers all countries, all periods with a special focus on the contemporary art
A Link to the Frederikshavn Museum
In the UK I visited the British Museum collections
and the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge. Spent a few days at Oxford and a few
more to see Cliff Parfit who is a regular contributor to the Chronicle.
Cliff Parfit and Bian in the UK
Then across the Channel to visit the International Ex Libris
Centrum, the world's first bookplate museum at Sint-Niklaas in Belgium .
A link to The Sint-Niklaas Museum
I spent nearly 2 weeks in Antwerp with engraver Frank-Ivo
van Damme and his wife, Johanna “Joke” van den Brandt (she designed our logo We are developing a traveling exhibition of Frank-Ivo's
bookplates accompanied by Spanish-English edition about his engravings.
Frank-Ivo van Damme at home in Belgium
Joke van den Brandt at home in Belgium
Our Logo Designed by Joke
This was followed by a week at the German ex libris congress at
Patricia Nik-Dad and I Wurzbach DEG Congress Dinner
(Turkey) and Maria Maddalena
Through the generosity of the museums and individual collectors
throughout our excursion we managed to replace nearly 1,500 books and many
bookplates (I think over 300++ kilos!). These had been previously donated during Audrey Spencer Arellane's regime (1968-2000), but were lost
along the way. Of course, not having any past records makes my job a little
harder although I suppose we must "start" somewhere.
It is part of my life's mission to try
to replace some of this material and I have gained unbelievable support and
cooperation from our domestic and international colleagues. At least we do know
that some part of the Society's original collection is "safe" at the Library
of Congress and at Millikin University. We are only missing 32 years.
After the German meeting, I visited Istanbul for a over a month
while I worked on my new book: BOOKPLATES: The Art of This
Book cover design by Nurgül Arikan
And now, with cooperation from our international ex libris friends, we have
quality articles coming in—mostly from Germany, Austria, Australia, UK, Sweden,
and a few from the USA. I just need the time to assemble this excellent
material or must delegate the responsibility.
After Turkey, I took off for a continuation of this scholarly
excursion by visiting bookplate enthusiasts in Italy. Many important bookplate
connoisseurs and talented engravers come from Italy. I spent extra time with
Mario de Filippis in Arezzo and Gian Carlo Torre in Genova (this was my second
trip to visit them in less than a year).
There is no doubt that through multi-language publications and
cooperation with our colleagues we will build a worldwide unity for bookplates.
Along with this will be a rediscovery and understanding of collecting through
the traditional “exchange” process.
Oh yes, did you know that in 2022 the society will host the FISAE
International Ex Libris Congress in San Francisco for our 100th anniversary!
This date is coming up quickly and I will be spending lots of time in the Bay
Area. I certainly will benefit from my experiences with the Boston meeting.
Fortunately, there is quite an active movement in the book arts in the SF region
and we are already enlisting support for this event. Generally, year round Bay
Area weather is the best of anywhere in the USA.
So, I am making plans for international competitions, traveling
exhibitions, new publications, and new studio tours to visit many of the finest
engravers in the world. We are properly connected and I can coordinate, but I
will need lots of support. And now, I am planning Master Artist workshops in
North America to teach the Americans the fine art of bookplate engraving (as you
know, lost here about 1940). In part, I am working with the Instituto Allende
Fine Arts College (IA) on this project. The IA is listening! They are paying
attention and are willing to support our ideas and have been kind enough to
offer me the "space" to work in.
The new book (an annual directory) is being introduced as an
e-book with a small limited print edition coming later on. Unlike the limited
print editions, we will reach the widest possible international audience of
libraries, museums, and new individual collectors.
BOOKPLATES: The Art of this
is the first e-Book to introduce contemporary world ex
Just one year ago, technology could not support an illustrated e-Book such as
this. In our first edition there are 130 artists with over 300 full color
illustrations. I am presenting quotes on the future of bookplates from more
than 30 of the most distinguished international artists/collectors. The
Foreward is written by Cliff Parfit. I'm sure you will like it. ANY profits
will go to marketing, future exhibitions, publications, and expanding the
public's awareness of ex libris art.
Within the next 2-weeks we will offer the book in an "iBook"
format. It is now introduced through Amazon Kindle because Kindle is the most
widely used format worldwide. I've downloaded about 6 versions of Kindle for
FREE--this is so easy. There is no way that we could reach thousands of people
with a small, limited print edition.
I had the most fun dodging bombs and bullets during the riots in
Istanbul--miraculously got out alive..
American Society of
Collectors & Designers