Saturday, August 15, 2015

This Week in Bookplates 8/16/2015

 Rebecca Eschliman has has written two  articles about the Antioch bookplate company.The first article is about David Sallume and can be seen by following this link

David Sallume , Antioch Bookplate Co.

Creation of a Custom Bookplate (Institutional)
By Rebecca Eschliman

One of the common methods of creating a custom bookplate, particularly for an institution, was to take an existing design and alter it. What follows is the David Sallume's corrspondence with Alton G. Sadler regarding a custom bookplate for the Chapel Hill Public Library. (More on David Sallume can be found at

July 23, 1967 (Sadler)

My wife and I are interested in having some bookplates engraved for the Willard J. Graham Collection which is to become a part of the Chapel Hill Public Library when it opens, we think in September.

If you will, please quote us a price of engraving two sizes of bookplates about 4-1/4" x 3" and 3-1/2" x 2'1/4" fo the following:

                                    WILLARD J. GRAHAM COLLECTION

                                    (Picture of the Sower)

                                    Chapel Hill Public Library

We would want 750 copies of each on white paper, abnd would like to know colors of ink you would  suggest, with thinks fo two colors of engraving for each plate. Both plates will be the same colors and content, but the sizes would be different, approximately the sizes suggested above.

One of my clients, The Book Exchange in Durham, N. C. handles your products.

July 27, 1967 (Sallume)

Thank you for your letter of July 25th looking toward preparation of a special bookplate design.

I am not sure just what you mean by "picture of the sower." Do you refer to one of the two discontinued bookplate designs of which I am enclosing samples or do you have something else entirely in mind? If you can clarify this point for us we can speak with a good deal more assurance about costs, and also about recommendations for color.
Original Design was by Lynd Ward

I am enclosing a copy of our brochure on the preparation of private bookplate designs, and this will provide just about all the information we can furnish on the basis of our present knowledge of your requirements.

August 6, 1967 (Sadler)

Thank you very much for your letter of July 28 and the enclosures.

I like the sample on yellow paper or background of the sower very much. It is the man and the seed falling from his hand that is important to me, to have engraved for the bookplate, I do not want the background or EX LIBRIS on this plate.

This week I talked with the local librarian, who advised me to have only one engraved bookplate made, since the size suggested would be all right  for all sizes of books. I am enclosing a Xerox copy of the size and wording for an engraved bookplate for the Willard J. Graham Collection. The sower, I think should be centered. Please advise me of the cost to have 1,000 or 1,500 bookplates engraved, the quality of paper, and the colors suggested, and the length of time for delivery.

Also advise me of the cost of having "Mary Newby Doherty Memorial" printed on your bookplate which reads "Books are keys to wisdom's treasure, etc." for about 300 or 500 copies. In addition, please quote me a price on having this same bookplate printed ion a different background, possibly light blue.

August 10, 1967 (Sallume)

Thank you for your letter of August 6th with further reference to the Willard J. Graham memorial bookplate. Before we get down to cases about this project I want to say just a word about the term "engraving" which recurs frequently in your letters. If what you mean by this is the old fashioned steel engraving or intaglio work then I should call to your attention that besides being extremely costly and slow to come by, the process is not well suited for reproducing the particular piece of art in question, since it is incapable of rending a black solid more than about 1/16 of an inch wide.

The most practical way to reproduce the art we are dealing with is about one half of the original size is by the photo-offset process. All of the samples which I am enclosing were done by this prodcess except for the Laurie bookplate which is a genuine steel engraving, stamped from a die made perhaps 50 years ago. You will note that the photo-offset process is, like the intaglio process, capable of reproducing extremely fine detail.

Working by photo-offset we could prepare bookplates in one color, printed to your specifications at $26.00 for the first 100 and $2.00 for each additional 100 ordered at the same time. For work in two colors the price would be $34.00 for the first 100 and $4.00 for each additional 100.

For work in one color I would suggest a brown something like the ink used on the sample marked W-3 but lighter in color since the heavier solids on the art we will be using would make this particular brown look almost black. Notice the lettering across the face of the book. If you want to use two colors, the green used on the Luther Norris sample would combine very satisfactorily with the brown.

We could imprint bookplate #67X-21 (Books are keys) with the wording Mary Newby Doherty Memorial at $5.00 for the first 100 and $2.50 for each additional 100 ordered at the same time. This bookplate could be specially manufactured using two shades of blue ink instead of two shades of brown at $29.00 for the first 100 and $4.50 for each additional 100 ordered at the same time. We could furnish it in two shades of blue ink on blue paper, which we would have to order specially, at$34.00 for the first 100 and $4.50 for the additional 100.

To help you visualize the Graham bookplate I am enclosing a rough proof of the dark brown portion only of bookplate X-54; to help you visualize the letterng possibilities I enclose a copy of our type specimen sheet.

August 28, 1967 (Sadler)

 Enclosed is my personal check in the amount of ninety-dollars to cover the cost of having 1,500 bookplates made in accordance with your letter of August 10, 1967. Also enclosed is a copy of the proposed bookplate to be printed in garnet and black, on gum paper.  I think that you should use your cut of the sower and take out the mountains and Ex Libris, leaving only the man, or a hairline as a background. The sower and the Chapel Hill Public Library are to be in garnet, with the Willard J. Graham and verse in black.

Please have these 1500 bookplates mailed directly to:

                        Mrs. William Geer, Librarian
                        Chapel Hill Public Library
                        W. Franklin Street
                        Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514

We are leaving for a three and a half week vacation on Sept. 7., and we would like for Mrs. Geer to have these 1,500 bookplates before the end of September, if possible, as the new library building should be dedicated sometime about October 1.
completed bookplate
In the Summer 2013 issue of The German Quarterly Dr.Nick Block wrote an article entitled
"Ex Libris and Exchange: Immigrant Interventions in the German-Jewish Renaissance."
Dr.Nick Block

You can read the article by following this link:

Appendix B 

"Most Popular Bookplate Image" at Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Bookplate Collection was of particular interest.

Here are the images  Dr. Block sent to me.

Emanuel Elzas
Meir Lipman
Neshamah Ehrlich
Leyzer Ran
Lewis Browne
Rabbi Joseph Gitin

From my own collection I have added these images :

The Leo Winz bookplate by E.M. Lilien  (above left) was the one from which all the others were copied


“ I mentioned a new book by Martin Hopkinson , ExLibris The Art Of The Bookplate.

My copy has arrived and it is most informative. The A E Carthew bookplate  was purchased several months ago and no one recognized it .It is illustrated and described on page 99.. Here is what I learned : The plate was designed by Joseph Hecht for Alice Grace Elizabeth Carthew .The inscription in an old Celtic language is Let us be wise without guile and the bird standing on a rock is an Auk."

I just received two copies of the Carthew bookplate from Jacques Laget.Both were pencil signed by the etcher A.Williams. 

Does anyone out there know who this might be ?

I now have one extra unsigned copy of the smaller plate for possible exchange.

Here is a link to a bookplate article from 1915.

Some of the artists mentioned are  not too well known  and for that reason  they are of interest to me.

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