James Keenan the director of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers * sent me two images this week which are timely: http://www.bookplate.org/
This bookplate is by Konstanin Kalinovich He a graphic artist and book illustrator who utilizes mixed etching techniques
Konstantin Kalinovich was born in
Russia and now lives in The Ukraine. He studied at The Ukrainian Academy of
Print and works in the fields of painting, graphic arts, book illustration.
Kalinovich has devoted himself to bookplate design since 1985.
"I attach a card that was printed and "tinted" at the T J Lyons Press when I worked there about 30 years ago. We were well known for fancy letterpress printing utilizing Victorian typefaces & ornaments. Lots of bookplates too!
To the best of my knowledge, the Boston city scape engraving was originally created at the Riverside Press in Cambridge. You know, they were publishers and book printers started by Henry Houghton in 1852 . A few years later George Mifflin became a partner "
*Note From Lew- The American Society has revamped and updated their website. It is well done and loaded with useful information including electronic versions of most of the major bookplate reference books.
"I was hoping you could help me with some information on a book plate I recently
purchased. I've attached a photo. Im not a bookplate collector rather a
collector of 20th century organized crime artifacts. I believe the bookplate I
purchased belonged to infamous gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. The name of
Ben and his wife are correct and it appears to be the correct time period
(1930's - 40's). Is there anyway to determine any other info associated with
the bookplate? Like the printing manufacturer or artist?
Any insight will be
For many years I was a regular exhibitor at the Maryland Microscope Show because I had accumulated an eclectic mixture of books, ephemera and gadgets relating to science and technology . When I started collecting bookplates I was particularly interested in those depicting microscopes. Here are a few examples from my collection;
John Gustav Dell recently updated the excellent article he wrote about bookplates and microscopes. .
The article originally appeared in Modern Microscopy. It is well written and well illustrated.
Here is a link to the article
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Mystery Bookplate Artist
Joseph Henry Harper was the grandson of Fletcher Harper one of the founders of Harper Brothers publishing.
He used an attractive printed bookplate which is not artist signed. The Harper's May poster was done by Edward Penfield and there is a striking similarity between the two. Perhaps the image on the bookplate was copied from something done by him.