Sunday, July 06, 2014

This Week In Bookplates July 6,2014

 Many years ago I bought two large loose leaf albums .One for 18th century British bookplates and the other for  19th century items.. Both albums are bursting at the seams but the 19th century album is particularly unwieldy because I inserted many 20th century items in it.
I just created a new album specifically for the 20th century English bookplates  It contains among others the  bookplates of John Farleigh ,about whom I knew very little.To learn more about him I purchased a copy of The Wood Engravings of John Farleigh  by Monica Poole.That is my primary source for the John Farleigh checklist.shown below.

John Farleigh (1900-1965)

John Farleigh Checklist

Bank of England  1932

Sir Harold Bellman 1930's ( former Governor of the London School of Economics)

Chelsea Polytechnic 1930's

Harold Hutchinson  1950's (Calligraphy  by Ann Camp)

William Maxwell 1933

Thomas Hudson Middleton circa 1954

Jane Elizabeth Peace  1933

Benjamin Weiss 1936

* "In Graven Images (P.185) John Farleigh mentions engraving a bookplate in 1928 .
This has not been found "
*Ref. P.118 The wood engravings of John Farleigh by Monica Poole

Note from Lew- I would like to obtain a copy of the Thomas Hudson Middleton bookplate for my collection .If anyone out there has one for sale or trade please contact me.

Here is an article copied from the Tapei Times July 6th 2014

PROFILE: Artistic principal spurs interest in bookplates

By Kuo Yen-hui and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Wu Wang-ju, principal of New Taipei City’s Jimei Elementary School, holds up one of his bookplates in New Taipei City on March 23.

Photo: Kuo Yen-hui, Taipei Times

Well-known among his peers for being a fount of creativity in advancing arts education, New Taipei City’s Jimei Elementary School principal Wu Wang-ju (吳望如) recently set a new standard when he introduced bookplates in school libraries in New Taipei City, which generated huge interest among students and parents in creating bookplates.
Bookplates, also known as “ex libris” in Latin, meaning “from the books of,” are usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the inside front cover, to indicate its owner.
Though Wu’s desk was covered in official documents awaiting his signature at the time of the interview, he said he was quite happy to set aside some time to talk about the art of etching and bookplate collections.
Wu said he was introduced to etching in an art class in the second grade of elementary school, where the teacher taught them how to do relief printing using the stencil technique.
The students had to cut out a pattern that they liked before placing it on a wooden board to be printed onto another piece of paper, Wu said, adding that the class had sparked his interest in the subject.
He took the subject at arts college and as he did his military service in Kinmen County, he chose 53 statues of lion-like figures called fungshihyeh (風獅爺) that are found throughout Kinmen as the subjects of his first series of etchings.
He was later invited by the local government to exhibit his work in Kinmen, which Wu said was a great source of pride for him.
Wu said he has tried his best through the years to teach his students the many printing techniques he learned in college, such as screenprinting, and how different template materials affect etchings.
The unpredictability of the final product’s appearance is what makes printmaking fun, as it not only inspires printmakers to be more creative, but also reminds them to pay attention to details, he said.
The materials that a printmaker has to work with present their own set of difficulties, Wu said.
Pointing to gypsum as an example, Wu said the mixing of gypsum, how it is cut, how to prevent it from becoming water-stained and how it reacts in different weather conditions are all things a printmaker has to be aware of.
Wu said that he once failed 12 times in a row making a gypsum print due to hot weather ruining the final product.
“It was an experience that taught me to think what I could do to make printmaking more easily accessible and more fun for students to learn,” Wu said.
Wu said he found a solution — using a resin board, a material similar to polystyrene — while traveling abroad a decade ago.
Resin is softer than wood and rubber and although it somewhat lacked the artistic sense of printmaking, it was more accessible to students as they could draft their patterns on the board with pencils before cutting them into the board with a knife, Wu said.
“It saved time and also increased the students’ interest in the subject,” Wu said, adding that the extended time needed to complete a print is also the main reason printmaking is not taught in schools very often. It takes on average two to three weeks to complete a print from scratch.
“Students may show interest in the first few classes, but they usually start losing interest or become impatient by the third or fourth class,” Wu said.
Introducing ex libris prints in classes significantly cuts down the time to make the prints and also makes the work easier to complete, Wu said. “As an indicator of the ownership of any book, the ex libris shows the viewer the level of artistic appreciation of the owner and their creativity,” Wu said. “Bookplates are fun to make or to collect.”
“On the one hand the promotion of ex libris prints popularizes the items among members of the public and on the other, it facilitates production by students,” he added.
Wu said he dreams of one day starting his own ex libris museum to further introduce Taiwanese to bookplates, as well as facilitating interaction between book collectors.

Odds and Ends

This is the product I used for section dividers in the new albums

Some Interesting Links

The London School of Economics and Political Science has an ongoing blog feature about bookshops around the world which students and academics should visit.
There is even one from Brooklyn , New York.
Pilgrims Book House in Kathmandu
A bookstore occupies the first two floors of the former “Paris Department Store” (formerly Divatcsarnok). The building was once the site of the Terézváros Casino, builded in 1885 in neo-Renaissance style. Credit: jaime silva CC BY-NC-ND 2.0



La Maison Stern
The company "Maison Stern et Aumoitte" was founded in 1836 by a Mister Aumoitte who joined to a young engraver, Moses Stern. This partnership lasted till the end of the 1850s when Moses Stern took over the "House".
The ex-libris (bookplate) of Maison Stern transforms into a large letter "S" within which a standing lion rests its foreleg paw on an interlaced "MS" monogram. Completing this composition, there are an arm wielding an engraver's tool and two pieces of armor, a glove and a helmet. During the Universal Exhibitions of 1867 and 1889, Maison Stern is awarded the Gold Medal for quality. Thereafter Moses Stern will on occasion be a member of the jury awarding this same medal.
In the 1890s, Mr.Stern takes his son René as associate to the company which becomes "Stern and sons". René Stern takes over the shop in 1904. Maison Stern has been honored to count, among prestigious customers, the presidential Elysée Palace for its menus and invitations, embassies, nobility and French and foreign major companies. Each has long contributed to the good name of the "Maison".
Generations of engravers at Maison Stern have followed one another since. Nowadays there is a very strong will in the company to preserve, to value and to build upon know-how and techniques which tend to recede.

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