Thursday, February 26, 2015

This Week in Bookplates 2/26//2015


A Major Addition To My Bookplate Collection


By Larry Nix





Bookplate collecting is a serious endeavor which is normally undertaken by serious collectors. I don’t consider myself a serious collector of bookplates so it is surprising that I have made 18 previous posts to my blog about bookplates(this one makes 19).

http://libraryhistorybuff.blogspot.com/search/label/bookplates

 I have also ended up with a fairly significant collection of bookplates for institutional libraries (as opposed to personal libraries). I added a major addition to that collection last year when I purchased an album of over 300 bookplates from a dealer at a stamp show.  The dealer who knew about my interest in library history had previously offered to sell the album to me, but the price was more than I was willing to pay. He finally got tired of lugging the album around and made me an offer that I could  not refuse. The album includes only part of someone’s former collection. The bookplates are for libraries starting with A and going through libraries starting with M.  The bookplates are tipped or pasted into the album and I still need to safely remove them. Most of the bookplates are unused and were probably acquired by exchange with libraries or other collectors. The image of the page from the album for the Bangor (ME) Public Library shown above is indicative of that approach. A few of the bookplates in the album were removed from books. A bookplate from the library of the Bureau of Statistics and Labor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, also shown above, is an example of those bookplates. The Massachusetts  bookplate was added to the library on April 2, 1906.  I have no clue who compiled this collection of bookplates, but it is a fair assumption that it was a librarian. I previously obtained a collection of library bookplates that was assembled by Essae Martha Culver who was executive secretary of the Louisiana Library Commission and later Louisiana State Librarian.  Some examples from the Culver collection are located   HERE   . It is always nice to make a connection with a previous or current collector of librariana.

Note from Lew- I want to thank Larry Nix for sharing information from his blog
Library History Buff
Does anyone out there recognize this bookplate ? 
Who was it made for?
Alden Jewell's bookplate is listed in
Theatrical Bookplates by A.Winthrop Pope
It is dated 1908 and the artist's initials appear to be MP
Do you know any thing about the owner or the artist ?
If you have any mystery bookplates send your scans to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

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See you again next week



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