Sunday, April 12, 2015

Back From New York City

Yesterday, I went to three different book shows in New York City.
 Here are a few of the items I purchased .

Ref. P.356 The annual Biography and Obituary for the Year .... Vol.1-2

The William Beloe plate (F2171) appealed to me because I was curious about the image, which I assumed was a musical instrument..I now believe it is a Kithara 

Kithara -
The cithara or kithara (Greek: κιθάρα, kithāra, Latin: cithara) was an ancient Greek musical instrument in the lyre or lyra family. In modern Greek the word kithara has come to mean "guitar" (a word whose origins are found in kithara). The kithara was a professional version of the two-stringed lyre.

4/13/2015 Fellow collector Anthony Pincott referred me to this paragraph in the William Beloe Oxford DNB entry :
 In 1803 came the high point of Beloe's career, ‘the great object of [his] ambition’ (Beloe, Anecdotes, appointment as under-librarian at the British Museum after presenting ‘an Instrument, signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, & the Speaker of the House of Commons’ (BM, central archives, minutes of committees, C2236, 5 Aug 1803). Here he began his Anecdotes of Literature and Scarce Books, published in six volumes between 1806 and 1812. His position was short-lived, however; in 1806 it emerged that James Deighton, a printseller, had stolen from the museum £1500 worth of engravings by Rembrandt and others. Beloe was held to have been negligent and the museum's trustees dismissed him. He remained permanently bitter about being deprived of his ideal job, blaming his difficulties, with characteristic self-flattery, on his ‘too easy disposition to believe every man honest who appeared so’ (Beloe, Sexagenarian, 2.130) and considering that he had ‘not the smallest occasion for self-reproach’ (Beloe, Anecdotes, 6.viii).

4/13/2015  Fellow Collector John Blatchly has an excellent article about William Beloe  on pp 136-137 in his book  Some Suffolk and Norfolk Bookplates .

The James Power plate was the highlight of the day. It is Allen # 694 and does not come up for sale very often.
This might be a calling card or possibly a trade card.
It is 3 inches wide by 2 inches high with embossed paper or leather mounted on cardstock.  In The Dundee Directory I was able to determine that Mr. Joseph Thomson was listed from 1900 through 1915. 
The manufacturer of this item was Wm. Potter and Sons in London.
Does anyone out there have additional information about this firm ?

4/13/2015 I have learned more about the firm of Wm. Potter & Sons. They were located at 160-163 Aldersgate and specialized in gold stamping .They focused on theatres, museums and book publishers supplying among other things, advertising novelties,plate glass show cases and show cards.

This plate was purchased earlier in the week .

See you again next Sunday


Anonymous said...

The Kithara is indeed mentioned in Herodotus, translated by Rev. Beloe, along with its player, Arion.

Maywyn Studio said...

Love the Power bookplate!
Thank you for the music lesson.