Sunday, April 27, 2014

Some Interesting Bookplates

 Daniel Dulany the Younger (June 28, 1722 – March 17, 1797) was a Maryland Loyalist politician, Mayor of Annapolis, and an influential American lawyer in the period immediately before the American Revolution.. He sided with the British during the revolution.
Many of the loyalists fled to Canada and England but he apparently remained in Maryland.

Ref. The Bookplate Booklet May 1911

In  The Loyalists of The American Revolution  (Vol.1, P.397 )  I found the following:
"Dulany,Daniel,of Maryland.Son of Walter.At first he enrolled himself in the militia,and seemed inclined to the popular cause;but refusing to sign the Test ,he incurred the displeasure of the Whigs and fled.Attained and estate confiscated." 
If the references cited are  correct,the father fled and the son remained in Maryland.

Bertrand and Alys Russell

Alys Whitall Pearson Smith was his first wife (married 1894, Divorced 1921)
Does anyone out there know if Bertrand Russell had other bookplates later in his life?

Anita Loos

The Anita Loos bookplate was designed by Frank Walts. There are examples with several color variations and some were even printed on metal foil.The example shown above is printed on Parchment.Here are some other  items designed by Frank Walts.


 A word of caution if offered an association copy with a Lovecraft bookplate. Mr. Lovecraft's cousin ,Wilfred B. Talman originally designed the bookplate. In 1977 The Necronomicon Press reproduced the plate and distributed it.I see them from time to time on Ebay. There is no easy way that I know of to distinguish these reproductions from the originals. Let the buyer beware.

Percival Lowell

" (March 13, 1855 – November 12, 1916) was an American businessman, author, mathematician, and astronomer who fueled speculation that there were canals on Mars. He founded the Lowell Observatory in FlagstaffArizona, and formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto fourteen years after his death. The choice of the name Pluto and its symbol were partly influenced by his initials"

Double Mystery Bookplate

Who owned this plate ? Was it a Mr. Archer who wanted a punning plate ?
Who designed this plate ?
I don't have a clue. Your help would be appreciated.

See you again next Sunday.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Philadelphia Flea Market

I just got back from a flea market . We are fortunate in that there are always several flea markets to choose from during the spring and summer months.
Here is a schedule in case you plan to visit Philadelphia..

I didn't find any bookplates today but I rarely go home empty handed.
.I got these Maltese Cross buttons last year at an indoor flea market.

 Here a a few of the items I

 If you can't live without either of these treasures have no fear you can search Google and find one for yourself.

I also purchased 25 different advertising slide rules from the late 1940's through the1970's.
I'll put them away in a box  until I figure out what to do with them.

I will be back to you tomorrow with some interesting bookplates .

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Bookplates of Achmed Abdullah and Jean Wick

 I have a copy of Sign Posts by Faith Baldwin , inscribed
 "To Achmed A very important "signpost" on the paths of friendship- Faith- 24"
 .It has the recipient's bookplate as well as another bookplate belonging to  Jean Wick
.Both plates appear to be by the same artist.

Can anyone out there translate the  script  ?

Faith Baldwin co-authored three books with Achmed Abdullah and was a close friend of the New York literary agent Jean Wick who was his second wife

The following  Wikipedia excerpt about Achmed Abdullah is hard to believe.
If it is fairly accurate it  just goes to show that truth is stranger than fiction.

Alexander Nicholayevitch Romanoff (Pseudonym Achmed Abdullah)

"Alexander Nicholayevitch Romanoff was born on 1881 in Yalta, Russia to Grand Duke Nicholas Romanoff, a cousin of Czar Nicholas Romanoff and Princess Nourmahal Durani, the daughter of the Amir of Afghanistan. After his mother's attempts to poison her husband due to his multiple affairs, they divorced, leaving their son and two other children to their maternal grandparents. At the age of 12, he was sent to Eton and then to Oxford University to be educated. Although he was born Russian Orthodox, he was raised as a Muslim by his uncle who adopted him.[1]
Upon his graduation, he joined the British Army, and rose to rank of acting colonel during his 17-year military career. He served in India, Afghanistan, Tibet,[when?] Africa,[where?] China and Turkey. He served the British-Indian army in India, and was also a colonel in a cavalry regiment for one year in the Turkish army as a British spy. He mostly spent the time in the military as a spy because of his wide knowledge of Oriental and Middle Eastern customs and religions. He traveled widely in Russia, Europe, Africa, the Middle-East, and China and spoke many languages and dialects. He was made a British citizen by an act[which?] of Parliament, and convicted by the Germans during the First World War for being a spy.
In the early 1910s, he emigrated to the United States and eventually became a successful, well-paid writer, playwright and later on, a Hollywood screenwriter. Abdullah's work appeared in several US magazines, including ArgosyAll-Story MagazineMunsey's Magazine and Blue Book. [2] Abdullah's short story collection Wings contains several fantasy stories, which critic Mike Ashley describes as containing "some of his most effective writing".[3] He got a doctorate from the College of El-Azar, Cairo in Koranic Studies.
Romanoff was married at least three times: to Irene Bainbridge, Jean Wick, and Rosemary A. Dolan. He was the father of 2 daughters with Irene Bainbridge, Phyllis Abdullah (who died in childhood) and Pamelia Susan Abdullah Brower.
In January 1945, Romanoff was admitted to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a few months later, on May 12, his birthday, he died."


  1. Jump up^ Edward E. Curtis, Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, Facts on File, Inc., 2010, pg. 198
  2. Jump up^ Darrell Schweitzer, "Introduction" to Fear and Other Tales From the Pulps, Wildside Press , 2005, ISBN 1-59224-237-5 (pp. 7-8).
  3. Jump up^ Mike Ashley, "Abdullah, Achmed" in St. James Guide To Fantasy Writers, ed. David Pringle, St. James Press, 1996, ISBN 1-55862-205-5, pp 3-5.
This mounted copy in The William Augustus Brewer Collection at the University of Delaware
indicates that he designed his own bookplate.

See You again Next Sunday.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Note from Andrew Peake

The bookplates relating to Crabites brought back memories of my own
time in Iraq and Baghdad.  I was in Baghdad in August through to
December, 1990, when the country's leader at the time, Saddam Hussein,
made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and I became a hostage.
Fortunately being an Australian, I wasn't in the same category as
US/British and a few other countries, who were regarded as No. 1
enemies and were put on strategic sites.  After a month or so
captivity I was left in the care of my Embassy and could wander around
the city and surrounds.  During this time I transcribed the Christian
cemetery, but can't remember if I saw a headstone for Crabites.

I collected a lot of material regarding the situation while in Baghdad
and on return to Australia collected several metres of books on the
event including publications written by fellow hostages.  I published
my own recollections under the title, 'Guest of the President'.  I
also had a bookplate created for this collection of books.  Recently I
deposited my collection of material to the Flinders University of
South Australia.

I've attached a copy of my hostage bookplate, based on a logo used by
my local newspaper , 'The 'The Advertiser' when it published material
regarding the hostage situation and subsequent War in early 1991.

Andrew Peake

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This Week In Bookplates April 13th, 2014

Mystery Bookplate Artist M.R

Does anyone out there recognize the artist M.R. ?

Can anyone out there translate the hieroglyphics ?

4/14/2014 A.K.Eyma was kind enough to submit the following:

The first plate reads IMO:

(1) "Chief Justice P(e)yer [i.e. Pierre]"
(2) "son of K(e)rabites [i.e. Crabites]"
(3) "(and) his wife, his beloved, mistress of the house,"
(4) "Sharlut [i.e. Charlot(te)],"

(5) "her beautiful name [ca. nickname] (is) Lutty [i.e. Lotte/Lotty]"

Thanks to Charles Ellwood Jones I also have these translations from his colleagues:

Dear Lew,

I have had a couple of responses to your query

1) Filip Taterka, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland) 

The first bookplate reads: “(1) Judge Pierre (2) son of Crabitès (and) (3) his beloved wife, lady of the house, (4) Charlotte (5) whose beautiful name is Tety” (I am not sure the proper transcription of the wife’s beautiful name – I guess it is her birth name that is meant here).

The second one reads:

“(vertical text:) The testament of
(the horizontal text):  (1) the judge Borat (or Burat?) (2) son of Fish (3) born of lady of the house Sera (or Sara?), (4) daughter of Lee (or Ruy?) who was who is (or was) (5) the herald to the Majesty of the (6) king of Upper and Lower Egypt (Faruq)|, living forever”.

2) Thomas Schneider, 
University of British Columbia 

The Judge Pierre,
Son of Crabites,
his beloved wife and Lady of the House
her nick name being Lotti

Second bookplate:
The Judge Burt
Son of Fish
Made (Born) by the Lady of the House Sara (Zera)
Daughter of Loui. He is (was)
Messenger to the Majesty of
the king of Upper and Lower Egypt Furuq, may he live eternally

Peter Der Manuelian just supplied the missing piece of the puzzle, the artist's name

"Nice to see these bookplates. The translations by my colleagues below are essentially correct, though the second one is Bert Fish.
Both of these people were friends of George Andrew Reisner (1867-1942), who led the Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition from 1905 to 1942, when he died at the Giza Pyramids. The bookplates were drawn by his daughter Mary Reisner at Giza (died 1963), whom he taught Egyptian, before she went off to write trash novels after her years in Egypt. That’s what the “MR” stands for, Mary Reisner.

"Judge Pierre Crabitès was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, 17 February 1877. Like so many in New Orleans, Pierre Crabitès was a Creole. His father was a wealthy French immigrant, and his mother was a Virginian. Crabitès grew up without want, attending the best private schools and universities that New Orleans had to offer. His family connections helped him when President Taft nominated Crabitès to a seat on the Mixed Courts of Egypt in 1911, and he sat on the bench in Cairo for the next twenty-five years, rendering decisions on many important cases, including the case for the sequestration rights to the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen. His career as a judge on the Mixed Courts coincided with a period of British dominance over Egypt, and his anti-British sentiments thus evolved during his stay in Egypt.
Several accidents led Crabitès to take up writing as a hobby. He published many book sand articles, and these works exhibit the environment in which he grew up and his anti-British opinions. These anti-British feelings ultimately barred his appointment to the Mixed Courts’ Court of Appeals and later hindered his work for the OSS.
After serving on the Mixed Courts for twenty-five years, Crabitès took up a post lecturing on law at Louisiana State University. When not busy teaching, Crabitès spent much of his time giving speeches on popular subjects in the 1930s, such as politics and the war. President Roosevelt appointed Crabitès as the American delegate to the Montreaux Convention, which resolved to slowly phase out the Mixed Courts. Crabitès finally realized his goal of obtaining a foreign service post when he accepted a job working for the OSS and Colonel Bill Donovan; however, his anti-British sentiments continued to haunt him when he returned to the Middle East, and he was subsequently transferred from Egypt to Iraq. Unfortunately, Crabitès died soon after his arrival in Iraq on 10 October 1943,in "Baghdad"

I've always liked leather bookplates .They are elegant.Unfortunately they also damage books..
Here is one I recently purchased. It is unusual to find a punning leather bookplate
.Mr. Crane was affiliated with the D.Van Nostrand Publishing firm.
"Following the death of David Van Nostrand in 1886, the Van Nostrand family turned the management, and probably the ownership, of the company over to the Crane family in 1888. The last Crane family member to manage the firm was Edward M. Crane, Jr., who managed the firm from 1964 until 1968, the year the Van Nostrand firm was acquired by Litton Industries and merged with Reinhold. Edward Crane, Jr. was the last of four Crane family members to have managed the firm from 1888 until 1968."

If you have any leather bookplates for sale or trade please contact me.

At The Huffington Post they featured many attractive and affordable bookplates from a number of designers
                             .Are you one of many who keep meaning to get a bookplate?
Stop procrastinating.
Follow this link.

Over at the ABEBOOKS Blog they recently featured twenty booksellers who blog.
You can see the entire posting here;

I searched each of the blogs to locate those which featured something about bookplates and I came of with these three 

Any Amount of Books- featured  a Paul Klee bookplate ( among others)

Link to Any Amount of Books bookplate postings:

Cabin Fever Books featured a charming bookplate by Karl Newson
You can contact the Mr. Newson directly at this email address:

Hang Fire Books-They Depicted many bookplates I liked. 
Here is one of them:

Monday, April 07, 2014

The Shadow Show in New York City , April 6th,2014

I attended a book show in New York City yesterday and was pleased to find two booksellers who had a few items  which I purchased..If logic was my emotional compass I would make a computerized inventory of my collection so I would not purchase items I already own.
Fortunately that did not happen yesterday (a lie).

Here are a few of the items I purchased:

If you are wondering why I purchased this bookplate which has seen better days it is because it is quite rare.
In fact this is the first copy I have ever seen.It is Allen #964, designed by William Taylor and engraved by Amos Doolittle.

Madeleine Bettina Stern (July 1, 1912 – August 18, 2007), born in New York, New York, was an American historian and rare books dealer and noted Louisa May Alcott scholar.
Stern and her decades long friend and business partner Leona Rostenberg became widely known in the late 1990s while in their late eighties when their memoir on the rare book trade, "Old Books, Rare Friends" became a best seller
I read their book in 1997 but I plan to reread it this week.

This woodcut bookseller's label is unique because it can be attributed to a known artist.
It was designed by Norman Kent.
Ref. Year Book American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers  1945-1946,Page 32

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ben Grauer
Tedi Thurman and Ben Grauer, 1957
Tedi Thurman and Ben Grauer at Monitor, 1957.
BornBenjamin Franklin Grauer
June 2, 1908
Staten Island, New York
DiedMay 31, 1977 (aged 68)
New York, New York
"Benjamin Franklin Grauer (June 2, 1908 – May 31, 1977) was a US radio and TV personality, following a career during the 1920s as a child actor in films and on Broadway. He began his career as a child in David Warfield's production of The Return of Peter Grimm. Among his early credits were roles in films directed by D.W. Griffith.
Grauer was born in Staten Island, New York. After graduating from Townsend Harris High School, he received his B.A. from the City College of New York in 1930. Grauer started in radio as an actor but soon became part of the broadcasting staff at the National Broadcasting Company. He was one of the four narrators, along with Burgess Meredith, of NBC's public affairs series The Big Story, which focused on courageous journalists."
He was a book collector and a member of the Grolier Club
and also was the proprietor of a small publishing firm.
Does anyone out there know who designed his bookplate?
I am still playing catch-up after having been away so this is an abridged posting..
See you again next week