Sunday, July 13, 2014
Some Ongoing Rockwell Kent Research
Rockwell Kent The Art of The Bookplate by Don Roberts. Before it was published in 2003 the most helpful resource was a small printed checklist by Dan Burne Jones ( a keepsake from The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers)
Leo Hart was a well respected printer in Rochester New York. When he asked Kent for bookplate suggestions Kent came up with the design of a punning plate using a lion and a deer.
The bookplates were printed by Hart's company.
After Mr. Hart's death many variants of the original were printed as memorial plates without Kent's input.
Here is one I found on the internet
Hope you are well. Interesting query. I remember very well discussing the issue of this bookplate, and some others, with Don while he was doing the compiling.
Don decided, and rightfully so in my opinion, only to include bookplates that were designed by Kent to BE bookplates. The Joan and Horace Hart plate, like some others, is actually based on an illustration used for another purpose. In this case the dust jacket to Shakespeare's "Venus and Adonis," published by Leo Hart in 1931. In fact, I have a letter from Horace Hart dated February 14, 1969, where he says exactly that. I will be happy to send a copy to you if you wish.
*Another example are the plates J. Edouard and Elizabeth Diamond did, which are quite large, based on illustrations RK did for the complete works of Shakespeare.
Hope this answers your question. Keep up the good work! Enjoy every weeks "Confessions."