Sunday, June 28, 2015

Some Recent Arrivals (Show and Tell)

 I try to find information about the owners of bookplates because it pleases do so and it also opens other areas for exploration..

Waldo and Dorothy Heinrichs

The bookplate was designed by H Nelson Poole in 1928

"Waldo Huntley Heinrichs (1891-1959) was born in British India of Baptist missionary parents. Upon graduating from Denison University in 1913, he began a career in the international Y.M.C.A., interrupted by service in the First World War. 
A pursuit (fighter) pilot, he was shot down, severely wounded, and taken prisoner by the Germans in World War I. After the war he earned an MA in history at Columbia University, returned to the Y.M.C.A. in India, and then ran the “*Y” in Jerusalem, Palestine, that was open to all faiths. 
In the 1920s, Heinrichs supported a new Wilsonian world order that would lead to the reduction of military conflict and world peace. He joined the faculty of Middlebury College in 1934 and in 1936 and 1939 took study tours to Europe. During the 1939 trip he gained entrance to German-occupied Czechoslovakia and talked with people under Nazi domination. He became convinced that Nazi power was a threat to free peoples. In 1941 Heinrichs became involved in effort to convince the United States government to purchase arms and lend them to countries fighting the dictators in Europe. The Committee to Defend America (CDA) was organized to muster public opinion in support of intervention in Europe through the Lend Lease Act. The Vermont chapter of CDA formed in the summer of 1940 with Heinrichs serving as one of the co-secretaries. Vermont’s U.S. representative, Charles Plumley, supported the Lend Lease bill, as did one of its U.S. senators, Warren Austin. Newly elected Senator George D. Aiken, however, was opposed to the bill. The CDA’s efforts focused on changing Aiken’s opinion, but they ultimately failed when he voted against the Lend Lease bill on March 8, 1941. The majority of the U.S. Senate and House, however, supported the bill. Heinrichs moved on beyond the CDA to join the new pro-war, public activist group Fight for Freedom."
Edward J. Ill

I was drawn to Dr. Ill's bookplate because his family name  was appropriate to his chosen profession.

 There is a word for someone whose name is well suited to his or her profession.

The word is aptronym

Here are some other examples:

Bruno Fromage - MD of dairy company Danone UK

Rem Koolhaas - Dutch architect

William Wordsworth – poet

Larry Speakes - White House spokesman

Dominique Dropsy - goalkeeper

Here is a link to some biographical information about Dr. Ill

AEP Mystery Leather Bookplates
 I have enlarged these two heart shaped  leather bookplates so they can be seen more clearly.
The are quite small, about 1/2 inch square. They were in a group where many of the owners were physicians. Do  any of you know anything them ?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dr. Archibald Clinton Harte (1865-1946) developed a vision for a permanent YMCA building in Jerusalem and worked tirelessly planning every detail, and for many years raised funds for it. After seven years of construction, the new Jerusalem International YMCA was dedicated in 1933 with the words “Here is a spot whose atmosphere is peace, where political and religious jealousies can be forgotten and international unity be fostered and developed.” Dr. Harte retired to his home, which became known as the “Harte Villa,” on the shores of Galilee in 1931, which he used as a center of hospitality to people of all communities and nations, especially many men and women of the Allied Armed Forces. He bequeathed the “Harte Villa” to the Jerusalem International YMCA to continue and be used as a place of gathering of all people, and to complete his vision of an international Christian center for conference and study on Galilee. Dr. Harte died on Palm Sunday morning of 1946, and was buried in the garden of the “Harte Villa” which is now enclosed as a part of the Harte Chapel on the grounds of today’s Peniel by Galilee.

YMCA Jerusalem
The cornerstone for the Jerusalem YMCA was laid in 1928 by Lord Plumer, the British High Commissioner for Palestine, on a plot of land in the West Nikephoria section of Jerusalem, purchased from the Greek Orthodox Church Patriarchate. When the building opened on April 18, 1933, the event was attended by YMCA leaders from around the world. Every detail of the building, with its elegant arches, domes and tower, was described in the world press, which hailed it as a wellspring of cultural, athletic, social and intellectual life. Until 1991, the YMCA stadium was the only soccer stadium in Jerusalem. The building, still standing today, was designed by noted American architect Arthur Loomis Harmon of Shreve, Lamb and Harmon.

Temple Ansche Chesed
This bookplate was designed by M Klein 
"Ansche Chesed was founded in 1829 when a group of German, Dutch and Polish Jews seceded from Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, which itself had splintered off from another New York synagogue, Shearith Israel. Such secessions were not uncommon in pre-Civil War Manhattan, and the precise reasons for the break are no longer known. By the mid-19th century, Ansche Chesed’s membership was dominated by Jews of German origin.
The congregation has occupied at least five buildings at various sites around Manhattan, initially in rented quarters on Grand Street. Its first purpose-built home, on Norfolk Street on the Lower East Side, now houses the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Ansche Chesed later decamped to East 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue, and in 1908 headed further north to then fashionable Harlem where it built a pillared, neo-classical temple at 114th Street and Seventh Avenue (now Adam Clayton Boulevard).
In 1927, Ansche Chesed laid the cornerstone for a new building on West End Avenue and 100th Street. The majestic, buff brick synagogue was dedicated in 1928 and the congregation has remained there since. Designed by architect Edward I. Shire in a synthesis of Romanesque and Byzantine styles, the barrel-vaulted sanctuary seats 1,600 people, with a subterranean social hall and gymnasium and an adjacent five-story community house with a chapel seating 110.
The stock market crash just one year after the completion of the West End Avenue premises hit Ansche Chesed hard. Nonetheless, it managed to revive after the Depression. By the 1960s and 70s, large numbers of middle and upper class Jews had left the Upper West Side, and Ansche Chesed’s membership dwindled. Ensuing financial distress became so dire that the United Synagogue of America assumed control over the building in 1975.
But by the late 1970s, younger members of small minyans, including the West Side Minyan, an offshoot of the chavurah movement, brought new life and vigor to the congregation. Another davening community, Minyan Ma’at, was established in the early 1980s and became an integral part of Ansche Chesed. In 1997, Minyan Rimonim began holding bimonthly Shabbat services at the synagogue.
Under Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, Ansche Chesed’s minyanim have continued holding separate services on most Shabbats, but congregational unity has grown significantly along with increasing interaction and synergy among the prayer groups. The congregation is governed by a board of trustees representing all the minyanim, and operates joint social action initiatives, family and adult education programs, and a Hebrew School."

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Checklist of Bookplates by Anne Jope

Anne Jope  has taken the time to  respond to my  email inquiries as follows:

How many bookplates have you produced ?

"I should start by saying that in total I have only produced 15 bookplates. all done before 1992. They are wood engravings, so are hand engraved in reverse onto boxwood blocks and then each bookplate is individually hand printed on an Albion-type press (an Atlas). These were fun to do for friends or as commissions but I came to the conclusion eventually that the amount of effort and preparation were uneconomic and so chose instead to concentrate on limited edition prints, illustrations and paintings."
I thought your readers might be interested to see the beautiful Atlas printing press on which wood engravings and linocuts were printed (attached below).

Can you compose a few sentences about your training?

BA Hons in Fine Art (Painting) at Central School of Art and Design, Holborn, London, followed by Post Grad Advanced Printmaking, where I studied with Blair Hughes Stanton, a great printmaker, and Ian Mortimer.

Do you want to include something about the galleries that represent you?
I exhibit where I can but don't have any that represent me. I'm a member of several societies who have annual shows and sell work, and of course do illustrations to commission.

Can you send me a Jpeg of a limited edition print,illustration or painting ?

Attached below is a limited ed. linocut print 'RIVERBANK' (16 overprintings of transparent ink on several pieces of lino, and lots of textures), now sold out.

'Riverbank', was done about the same time as the bookplates,. 
The image is much larger; it measures 59 x 40 cms.

The Checklist

The two images not scanned were:
Dora Thornton, which in the end was unsuccessful because even though the image was acceptable, we could not agree on the style of lettering,
G. Ingli James, a small image of a mountain."

Alex Allan *

John S. Allitt

KC (Katie Clemson)

JD (J Deary)

J Deary

S.E. Deary (Koala)

DG (David Gluck)

Andrew Grout

DI (Douglas Irvine)
G Ingli James (no scan available - small image of a mountain)

Simon King

Franco M Pastore

BHS (Blair Hughes Stanton)

Pat Sullivan

Note From Lew

Alex Allan 
*From  blog postings in 2008-  I purchased the Alex Allan bookplate in England after seeing it in The Bookplate Society Journal (vol.v11,1989). It is a wood engraving by Anne Jope and it is one of the earliest if not the first plate depicting a computer. The owner may be the larger than life Alex Allan ,Chairman of The Joint Intelligence Commission Of The United Kingdom and Grateful Dead enthusiast. 

The Plot ThickensAfter I completed this weeks blog I started doing more research about Alex Allan , the spymaster. Around July 5th of this year(2008) he was found semi - conscious , in a pool of blood at his home.There are several conflicting news stories, pneumonia , poisoning ,a botched assassination attempt and then all news coverage seems to disappear. Very strange indeed.

Update- October 13th, 2008- I am truly impressed. Alex Allan promptly responded to my Email inquiry as follows:

"Dear Lewis

Yes, the bookplate is mine. My wife was an artist, and a friend of Anne Jope's. She commissioned Anne to do the bookplate for my birthday one year.

I don't use any other bookplate, I'm afraid.

Best wishes
Alex Allan "

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bookplates Depicting Members of the Cat Family

Everyone has a favorite cat bookplate so send me a scan of yours and it will be added to this blog.
In fact,, if you also want to send me a photo of your own  cat I will include it...

Here are two links with 22 Bookstore Cats


Benjamin Walker Bours
 There is a copy of this plate in The University of Delaware collection with a notation that it was designed and engraved by Shreve and Co.

David and Hermione Chambers *
Woodcut by Pam. G. Rueter (1980)

Kitty Downing
Drawn by Gordon Craig (Blatchly 61)
A kitten provides a punning subject for this bookplate for the wife of the antiquarian bookseller and publisher William Downing (1844-1910),.He ran the Chaucer Head Bookshop in Birmingham .

Leo Dries *
woodcut by Elisabeth J.M. (Elly) van den Hoeven (1950)

Mark A. Glaser

Lionel B. Goldschmidt
Mr. Goldschmidt was an Africana book collector.

Dorothy Grau
Mary Duchess of Bedford
Engraved in 1899 by W. P. Barrett

Mary Jaffe
Two universal bookplates hand colored by my wife Mary

Louis Katz
Punning bookplate dated 1922 , artist's initials EK

Louis Lion
Punning plate by Margot Lion dated 1907 Hamburg

I'd like to find out  who GM, is and who designed the plate.

Mystery Bookplate ?
I'm not sure if this is a bookplate.The latin phrase says
  from the claw (we may judge of) the lion :  from a part we may judge of the whole

Bob and Epsie Morse
This bookplate was engraved by Luis Agassiz Fuertes

Alice Dyar Russell
The owner was an author and the artist's initials are DS

Gordon Smith
Gordon Smith is a bookplate collector .This bookplate was etched and hand colored by Elly De Koster in 1996
D.H. Souter
HI Lew
Here's an Australian cat example.  More details from my book, Australian Personal Bookplates.  Souter used the cat as his motif.
Andrew Peake

Isidor Straus
" Mr.Straus (February 6, 1845 – April 15, 1912) was a German-born American businessman and co-owner of Macy's department store with his brother Nathan. He also served briefly as a member of the United States House of Representatives.. He died with his wife, Ida, in the sinking of the passenger ship RMS Titanic "

Ernest Alan Van Vleck
This bookplate was designed by Charles Livingston Bull (May, 1874 - 1932) ..He was an American illustrator.. Bull studied taxidermy in Rochester, New York and is known for his illustration
of wildlife.

Elisa Vidal
  This bookplate was engraved by Fernandez Saez

Greet Verduin *

etched in 3 colours by Ank Spronk-Veenstra (1983)
Bradley L. Wallace
Designed by Frances Revett Wallace

Jouke Zwiers *
copper etching by Anneke G. Kuyper (1984)

* These items were sent by fellow collector Jos Swiers

6/22/2015 Rebecca Eichliman submitted the following information:
There were a number of cat-themed universal bookplates Antioch Bookplate produced, including one that started out as a custom design and was adopted as a universal design and was a bestselling design as long as the company lasted (M-750).

From different eras at Antioch Bookplate

57 Stenzel was from the 1940s when Antioch Bookplate acquired the Stenzel Company bookplate line

W-41 from the 1970s, possibly by staff artist Tom Till

B-157 from the early 1980s, likely by staff artist Joan Corbitt

6/22/2015   Karen Gardner just submitted the following additional information :

Hi Lew,
I hope you're doing well. I've been staying fairly busy. I saw your cat post and wanted to send some for you to add. The cat on top of a stack of books (design B212) is Antioch Bookplate's quintessential cat design. I put somewhat of a watermark on it because I've seen it copied (sometimes with variations) online quite a bit. It was introduced by Antioch in the 1960s, after having been created as a personal design for LaDonna Ruth Brooks. It is one of my most popular designs. 

 The second one, A108, is a homey setting with a cat by the fireplace. It was created in the 1950s by David Sarvis, who was at the time an Antioch College student. He created many designs for the Antioch Bookplate Company. 

All the best,
Bookplate Ink


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