Thursday, June 11, 2015

Upcoming Jewish Bookplate Auction Lots

Dear Mr. Jaffe,
We're glad you'll be putting together a post on your blog about the upcoming auction of two lots of bookplates from Robert Weinberg's collection.  I have included in this email information about the exhibition and auction, as well as the descriptions of the lots as they appear in our catalog, and attached the two images for your use. 
The two bookplate sets are Lot 181 and Lot 182 in Kestenbaum Sale 65, descriptions follow.  The full catalog for Auction 65 can be viewed at

 The sale will take place on Thursday, June 25th at 3 PM at our office (address below).  Public exhibition hours are Sunday-Wednesday before the sale (June 21-24) Sunday 12-6PM and Monday-Wednesday 10AM-6PM.  There are no viewing hours the day of the sale.  No appointment is necessary to view the exhibition, and the bookplates will be displayed.

They are described in our catalog as follows:

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Lot 181

Lot 181Two hundred and fifty-one Lilien designs housed in two binders. Also included are templates for bookplates. Accompanied by Lilien-related reference books.Ephraim Moshe Lilien (1874-1925) designs are iconic in the Jewish and Zionist visual world, with an emphasis on Biblical and Orientalist characters and landscapes. Many of Lilien’s works, principally his etchings, were made into postcards and are here featured aplenty.In addition to the postcards, the collection also includes forty-one bookplates designed by Lilien for luminaries including Martin Buber, Davis Trietsch, Berthold Feiwel and Dr. Franz Oppenheimer.Detailed provenance and related correspondence is included alongside many of the bookplates, as documented by the founding chief curator of the The Rowe Bookplate Museum, Robert J. Weinberg.
Estimate: $3000-5000         

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Lot 182

Lot 182:
Five hundred and sixty-four bookplates (excluding duplicates) housed in three binders. Accompanied by related reference literature.
The cultivation of a personal library is often seen as a Jewish value in its own right, and the use of a personal bookplate affirms the importance the collector places on his own relationship to his books. The collation and careful preservation of these Jewish bookplates has been a labor of love for collector Robert J. Weinberg, curator of the Rowe Bookplate Museum.In the present lot two binders contain primarily personal bookplates and one binder primarily the bookplates of American Jewish congregations and institutions. Many of the bookplates were submitted personally by the inscribees to Weinberg for the purpose of this collection. Where available, provenance has also been documented.Highlights of the collection include the oldest Hebrew bookplate, designed by Hebraic scholar, John Moore (1742- 1821) as well as the oldest Jewish bookplate designed by Benjamin Levi for Isaac Mendes in 1746 in London. Individuals of note whose bookplates appear in this collection include: Marcus Nathan Adler, Gershom Scholem, Benjamin Cardozo, Moses Montefiore, Albert Einstein, David Wolffsohn, David de Sola Pool, and Solomon Schechter. The collection includes bookplates designed by artists Arthur Szyk, Marc Chagall, Herman Struck, Uriel Birnbaum, Jacob Steinhardt, Ilya Schor and Joseph Budko, some of them signed. Institutions from whose libraries bookplates derive include: Touro Synagogue (Newport, RI), Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia), Shearith Israel (New York), as well as many universities.
Estimate: $5000-7000

Best regards,
Peninah Feldman
Kestenbaum & CompanyAuctioneers of Rare Books, Manuscripts & Fine Art242 West 30th StreetNew York, NY 10001Tel: (212) 366-1197
Forthcoming Auction:June 25, 2015Fine Judaica: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Ceremonial Objects & Graphic Art
For further details see our website:


After reading  last weeks posting about physician's bookplates a medical book collector asked for assistance in identifying this bookplate. Does any one out there recognize it ?

This may not be that helpful, but I know that the mystery bookplate you have posted is from Sweden. I have a few books with the same plate that I acquired in Sweden and a dealer colleague told me that it was a Swedish collector that he unfortunately could not identify. I would recommend that you email the Swedish National Library in Stockholm as they should be able to assist. 

All the best,
Per Ralamb
Rosenlund Rare Books & Manuscripts

Basking Ridge, NJ

UPDATE # 2 Mystery Solved
Dear Lew

I received an email from the Swedish Royal Library suggesting the the book plate belonged to 
 DG &  his wife V-B Wiren a collecting couple  



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