Sunday, November 24, 2013

This week in bookplates 11/24/2013

I recently purchased this bookplate by Viggo Jacobsen and was able to find information about it at this link.

This is entry #7 in the animal bookplate contest. It was submitted by James Keenan.

You can see all the submissions here
You can also see the prize you might win along with the contest rules here
The Contest ends at midnight (E.S.T) on New Years Eve
send your submission to
How to build a collection 
Have you noticed that there is more and more clutter on Ebay combined with rapidly rising prices ?
Here  are a few time tested tips to help you build your collection without having guilt pangs about telling white lies to your spouse about what you paid for that must have bookplate.

Hand Bookbinders

If you search the internet you will find one or two older craftsmen who specialize in hand bookbinding.
More often than not they are hard wired pacrats who save every scrap of leather, marbled paper and even bookplates.Connect with your local hand bookbinder by telephone and explain that you are a collector
 Ask if they have  accumulated any bookplates over the years which he might be willing to part with..
If they have none see if he can  recommend a colleague who might have some.

Library Book Sales in the U.S,A.

Most communities have library book sales where you  can obtain books and books with bookplates inexpensively..Here is a free weekly service you can get about book sales in your area.

Join a Bookplate Society

Most countries have bookplate societies. Through these organizations you can meet other collectors with whom you can exchange duplicates.and learn more about your hobby.
I am a member of  two societies:Americian and U.K.

A comprehensive list of bookplate societies around the world

Antiquarian Booksellers

Your local antiquarian bookseller can assist you if you make yourself known to him (or her)
When I enter a store for the first time I usually gravitate to the poetry section because books in that section tend to have more bookplates.

Bookplate Exchanges
Exchange your duplicates with other collectors.
Here are seven duplicates I currently have for possible exchange:

More tips will be posted here as they are received. 
See you next weekend


Friday, November 15, 2013

Frances W. Delehanty

I want to thank fellow collector Richard Schimmelpfeng who did most of the research for this article .

About thirty five years ago a bookseller  offered  the Urling Sibley bookplate to me. I was immediately drawn to it  and added it to my collection.The artist's name Frances W. Delehanty  was  on the plate but I was unable to find any significant published material about her. As it turns out she was still alive at the time and living in Connecticut.
Two weeks ago Richard Schimmelfeng  asked me what I knew about her and we decided to collaborate .

 Here is what has been discovered thus far from our joint research.

If  you know of  any bookplates by Frances W. Delehanty which are not listed below please contact me.
Lew Jaffe

Bookplates By Frances Washington Delehanty

Hello Lew,
My name is David Hildt, and Frances W. Delehanty was my great aunt. I came across your blog after googling FWD, and I was amazed to see your collection of bookplates which she created. I am sending you a copy of the only one in my possession. It is one she made for her younger brother, Thornton Augustin Washington Delehanty, who was also the brother of my grandfather, John Bradley Delehanty.
 Our family history hasn't been kept up very well in that last few decades, so your collection has enriched our heritage.
Thank you!
David Hildt

Image of Daniel Delehanty bookplate from Special Collections Department University of Delaware Library
Jean Adams Gair

Louisa Wells Post (Proof)

Maud Powell- An Image is needed

 “Bookplate for Robert Means Thompson, ” Digital Collections - Lake Forest College, ,

Two Unsigned bookplates  below  might have been done by Frances Delehanty but the jury is still out.

Carol Ann Brown,  Director of the Old Bethlehem Historical Society sent this image of
 Lauren Ford and Frances Delehanty
Lauren Ford on left, Frances Delehanty on right

Frances W. (Fanny) Delehanty, American artist, illustrator, 1879-1977. Born in San Francisco, lived in New York City area, possibly Washington D.C. area also.  Listed in New York City Social Register. She descended from both the Washington and Madison families.  She studied at Pratt Institute and had one woman shows in New York City.  In later years, circa 1940s, she lived in Bethlehem Connecticut with Lauren Ford (1891-1973), another artist, at “Sheepfold” on Crane Hollow Road.  She spent some years in France, served as a nurse in World War I, and after World War II she and Miss Ford brought nuns from Solesmes to Bethlehem where they started the present Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis.
She was an author and illustrator of several children’s books for young Catholics.

Check List of Known Bookplates

As an illustrator she used the name of F.W. Delehanty, or Frances W. Delehanty, and used a monogram of FD.  Apparently in later years she used the name of Fanny, rather than Frances.

               Adelrich Benziger                              (monogram ’01)

               Theodore E. Blake                             (monogram ’20)

               Edgar Howard Boles                           (F.W. Delehanty 1921)

               Cyris Townsend Brady                         (monogram ’07)

               Victor E. Brenner                                 (monogram)

               Daniel Delehanty, U.S. Navy

               Thornton Delehanty            

               Blanca Duncan                                      (Frances W. Delehanty)

               Thomas Butler Eastland                       (monogram)

               Louisine Waldron Ferrier                     (monogram)

               Francisca Club                                      (F.S. Delehanty 04)

               Alva B. Gimbel                                       (F.W. Delehanty)

               Herbert Ten Broeck Jacquelin               (monogram)

               Raphaelle Johnson

               Clarence H. Mackay                              (monogram ’07)

               Katherine Mackay                              (Frances W. Delehanty ’07)

               Ethel Louise McLean                              F.W. Delehanty ’09)

               Caroline Newhall                              (F.W. Delehanty)

               Sarah Thompson Pell                             (F.W. Delehanty ’05)

               Pratt Art Club                                             (monogram ’06)

               Constance Helen Pulitzer                          (F.W. Delehanty)
               Almira Rockefeller                              (monograpm ’20)

               Urline Sibley                                             (F.W. Delehanty ’10)

               Kate Cameron Simmons

               Nora E. Snow                                             (monogram)

               Robert Means Thompson, ,                          (monogram)

               Alice Kip van Vleck                                     (monogram)

               James H. Weeks Memorial Collection         (monogram)

Checklist of books written or illustrated by

Frances W. Delehanty  

               Canticle of the Three Children in the Fiery Furnace.  New York : Sheed & Ward, 1936.

               The Works of Jesus, by Edna S. Little.  San Francisco : Paul Elder Co., 1909.
               Cover by Frances W. Delehanty.

               Love in a Dutch Garden, by Nerth Boyce, illustrated by Frances W. Delehanty.  Harper’s          Weekly, Jan. 10, 1914.

               A Group of Recent Portraits by Frances W. Delehanty.  New York : Ferargil Galleries.  1927.

               Sunday Mass Set to Single Gregorian Formulae, by Justine Ward.  New ed.  Desclee.  1943.

               Heralds of the King : the story of the Nativity, by Gertrude Crownfield ;
pictures by Frances W. Delehanty.  New York : Dutton, 1931.

Reference Material

Delehanty,  Mrs. Daniel  439 E. 51
            Miss Bertha R. Delehanty
            Miss Frances W. Delehanty
            Mr. Thornton W. Delehanty

Journal of the Ex Libris Society, v. 15 (1904) p. 117.

Rights, Edith.  Women Bookplate Artists .(privately printed)

Obituary, Hartford Courant, Jan. 14, 1977.

Miscellaneous Background Information
Family Tombstone in Hawthorne New York

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Odds and Ends

There are many "social media" addictions which puzzle me.
  Twitter for example seems like a waste of time in order  to save time.
 Having said that I have recently discovered something of interest on Pinterest, a website for keeping electronic scrapbooks.

I get a number of hits (referrals) from the readers of Pinterest and just found out that by following the link below you can  see hundreds of images which were pasted from my blog .Looking at the images was like a trip down memory lane for me.You may have to register to see the images but I encourage you to do so.

 Two or three bookplates seem to be very popular and appear in several scrapbooks. 
Cecil B. DeMille
A Dragon by Daniel Mitsui
A Rabbit by Andy English

I have a duplicate of Barry Goldwater's bookplate for possible exchange.

If all goes well I will be back before the week is over with a well researched article about Frances W. Delehanty.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

This Week in Bookplates 10/3/2013

The  first entry for the new bookplate contest * was sent by Don Hobbs

This was submitted by Don Hobbs
I created this from: El perro de Baskerville [Translated by José Francés] Madrid: Editorial Prometo, 1920. 222 p. Illustrated by Rafael de Penagos.
Valencian translation: Houn.
From the Galactic Sherlock Holmes and the collection of Don Hobbs
Copyright 2013© Fairdale Press

Don Hobbs has  over 11,000 foreign language versions of books and stories about Sherlock Holmes

The second entry came from Gordon Collett

Entry Number Three 
Submitted by James M. Goode

The giant Anteater is a wood engraving by Richard Wagener .

The design is based on a bronze statue at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. by Edwin Springweiler.

Entry Number Four Submitted by Richard Schimmelpfeng

Smug Looking Dragon


Entry Number Five Submitted by Tom Boss

Bookplate of Dr Leo Silberstern, an etching by Otto Siebert, Vienna, 1910,

Entry Number Six
Submitted by Michael Kunze

The bookplate  belonged to  Walther Spielmeyer, a German  Neurologist and Pain Researcher, 1879-1935;
The design & etching artist is Fritz Schwimbeck, Munich  (1899-1977);
The cruel design seems to symbolize  pain which should be defeated

Entry # 7  From James Keenan
  This is a fine example for a bookplate design   by Hristo Kerin  with the type style and layout used for my name thoughtfully worked into the Labyrinth

Entry # Eight Submitted by Debra A. Walker

Piggy go fetch my book

A Quote from Winston Churchill

 “I like pigs, 
Dogs look up to us. 
Cats look down on us.

Pigs treat us as equals.”

Entry # 9 from Craig Harris

I humbly submit from my collection, a bookplate of a Kappa* reading. Artist name (not read) - the kanji at the top read "Inegaki Zôshô" translation: Mr. Inegaki's Library.

Entry # 10

Submitted by Michele Behan

The bookplate's owner was Maria Rebecca Audubon (1843-1925), granddaughter of John James Audubon, the famous naturalist and painter. 
The bookplate design was adapted from an original sketch by John James Audubon and inscribed with his favorite motto, "America, my country."

Entry # 11 from Keith Scheid

* I am having a new bookplate contest.
The contest is about the most interesting animal bookplate in your collection. 
The contest will end at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on New Years Eve.

The judges are Lew and Mary Jaffe.

Only one entry per person and  the bookplate must be in your own collection.

All animals are eligible ( real and imaginary) including Unicorns .

Send a Jpeg scan with your entry to

Polar  Bookplates Recently  Received 

Sir Raymond Edward Priestley (20 July 1886 – 24 June 1974) was a British geologist and early Antarctic explorer.
..I currently have a duplicate of his bookplate for possible exchange.

 Biographical Information About John H. Roscoe

 Links to more Polar Bookplates 

The link shown above was sent by Paul Davies of Kingsbridge Books and was compiled by Rob Stephenson

Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie: Polar Explorers, Part Three

On November 16th I'll be attending both Boston book shows.

If you are near Boston and have bookplates for sale or trade please contact me.

See you next Sunday