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

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