Friday, March 27, 2015

Bookplate Owners

I enjoy finding biographical information about bookplate owners almost as much as acquiring them.
 Here are a few examples:

The New York lyricist Paul Francis Webster (1907-1984) collaborated with many of the great composers and conductors including Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, André Previn and Henry Mancini. In a career spanning more than forty years he wrote over 500 songs, received a total of sixteen Academy Award nominations and won three Oscars.

Here is a partial list of songs for which he wrote the lyrics:

Songs by Paul Francis Webster that won the Academy Award for Best Original Song

 He had an equally long career as a book collector. His first collection of English and American literature was sold by Parke-Bernet on 28 April 1947; his second at Sotheby's New York on 24 April 1985.

Dr. Jacob Klatzkin, editor of the German-language Encyclopedia Judaica,  was at work on the tenth volume of the reference work when he was forced to flee German when the Nazis came to power. He translated Spinoza’s “Ethics” and was the author of numerous scholarly works, written in several languages. Born in Lithuania, Klatzkin was the scion of a rabbinical family. He came to the United States in 1941 and became a citizen in 1946. He lectured at the College of Jewish Studies in Chicago.

The Right Reverend Hugh Montefiore

"The Right Reverend Hugh Montefiore, was Bishop of Birmingham from 1978 to 1987 and one of the most energetic, impatient, colourful and unpredictable Church leaders of modern times.
Born into a famous Jewish family, he underwent a sudden conversion to Christianity while a schoolboy at Rugby, and later brought to his ministry in the Church of England an extraordinary combination of intellect, moral passion and concern for individuals, especially the underprivileged.
His appointment to the bishopric of Birmingham was strongly opposed by a number of Conservative MPs in the city, and also by the Birmingham Evening Mail; but he proved to be a highly effective Church leader in a metropolis beset by racial and industrial problems, and Birmingham rather enjoyed having a larger than life bishop. He stood 6ft 3ins tall and was an imposing, albeit often untidy, figure.
Earlier, while Vicar of Great St Mary's, the university church in Cambridge, Montefiore provoked a national controversy by declaring in a lecture to the Modern Churchmen's Union that Jesus may have been homosexual. He found himself trapped between conventional churchgoers, who were outraged by what seemed to them sheer blasphemy, and his colleagues in the field of New Testament studies, who believed that his argument would not bear the weight of contemporary scholarship.
More seriously, this incident - which owed more to a certain naivety in Montefiore's character than to a desire to be deliberately provocative - threatened his future career in the Church of England. The displeasure of the Queen became known to No 10 Downing Street, and it was understood that he would not be appointed to a bishopric. On the other hand, it was plain that he could not stand the strain of running Great St Mary's indefinitely, and in 1969 he became exhausted and depressed, requiring a three-month break for recovery."

Vivian de Sola Pinto 

Do any of you know who designed this plate?

  1. "Vivian de Sola Pinto (1895-1969) was a British poet, literary critic and historian. He was a leading scholarly authority on D. H. Lawrence, and appeared for the defence in the 1960 Lady Chatterley's Lover trial. Pinto was born and grew up in Hampstead." 
  1. The graph paper mounting was used by the late Brian North  Lee to display his collection
  1. Harley Granville-Barker

Harley Granville-Barker was an English actor-manager, director, producer, critic and playwright.
    BornNovember 25, 1877, Kensington, London, United Kingdom  
    DiedAugust 31, 1946, Paris, France
  1. Bookplate designed by Max Beerbohm

  2. A  Mystery Bookplate

  1. Do any of you know anything about the owner or the artist  ? 
  2. The bookplate was done in 1912 The artist's name is hard to read. It looks like Miigelnian
  3. Send your inquiries and responses to

If you have a mystery bookplate send a scan and I'll try to assist you.

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