Friday, October 23, 2015

Bookplate News and Events 10/23/2015

The Upcoming James M. Goode Bookplate auction was featured in The New York Times

A collection of entertainment bookplates are among the thousands of holdings from the James M. Goode collection. They are matted and framed and will be auctioned at the Waldorf Astoria. 


Marsha Brown  took the time to send this information from 

The Repository | Royal Society
Updates about our work on bringing the history of science to life.

I always read your newsletter and so I thought you might be interested in the photo below.

 If you have a bookplate crimes category,this is a candidate

No prizes to the owner of Barnsley Park, one James Musgrave, who has plonked his armorial bookplate squarely down in the middle of the great scientist’s handwriting (Sir Isaac Newton) – I think I shall have to lie down in a darkened room for a while to lower my librarianly blood pressure at this point.

You can see the entire blog posting by following this link .

Oct 16th 2015, 08:00, by Rupert Baker 

Note from Lew- This is Marsha Brown's Blog

Some further thoughts on the place of bookplates in libraries
By Christine Downer

Some years ago I think I mentioned that a medium sized collection of international bookplates was given to the State Library of Victoria.  This is not a stagnant collection, as funds have been made available for purchases over the past 5 years.  There is no endowment for this area of collection, so funds come from two budget lines within the special collection areas _Rare Printed and Pictures.  Recently a collection of international bookplates was purchased to add to the existing collection.  This was formed in Hamburg by Viktor (or Victor) Singer, a collector and publisher, who fled the Nazis in late 1938, and came to Australia via England in 1939.  The collection, which was known to exist but seemed to disappear after Singer's death in 1943, surfaced with a rare book dealer in Melbourne a year ago, and was purchased by my bookplate mentor in order to prevent it being broken up and sold overseas.  The purchase funds were provided by 2 donors (2/3 of the total) and by the Library for the remaining third.  There are about 2000 plates in all, and the arrangement is by country, and within each country, alphabetically by artist.  It took me about 4  months to archaically house and box the collection before it went into the Library. 

My point is that, if collectors are worried about the future of their collections, and would prefer them not to be broken up and dispersed, it might be as well to choose and institution and begin negotiations well in advance.  Patience and the long-term view are both important when negotiating with public institutions - there's always a reason for them to say there are no funds to support future acquisitions.  This is a stock response to most initial negotiations., but money can always be found  in the end if a well thought-out case is presented, from my experience of working 25 years in such an institution.
The other avenue might be, if personal funds allow, to leave collections to these institutions, with some kind of endowment.
The final avenue of course it to allow collections to be dispersed so that others can have the fun and discipline of building up a new collection.
I don't know if this adds anything to the collection of opinions that you have already assembled from people with much more experience than I in these matters

10/26/2015  Received this Email From Gene Alloway

Hello sir -

I hope this note finds you well and with many new treasures this 
fall.  I read your posting re: Marsha Brown and the bookplate over 
Newton's handwriting. I had a similar experience last week ( no 
pictures, sadly). I was doing an appraisal of books a local public 
library (not Ann Arbor, thankfully) had returned to a family after 60 
years of not-so-benign neglect.

The family's grandfather had donated hundreds of books, many rare, 
but the library decided (after losing track of some 40% of them) that 
the remnant  needed to be returned or destroyed. Luckily, after some 
dithering, they did give them back to the family.

One of the books was a presentation copy of a work by Charles Knight 
to Dickens. the book had both the library bookplate put in the book 
at the dispersal of the library, and the record of the book at the 
sale pasted in as well. The library, in its infinite wisdom, had 
placed their bookplate DIRECTLY on top of the personal bookplate of 
Charles Dickens.

I used to be a librarian, and my disappointment and irritation at the 
treatment of these books by the library was simply topped off by the 
above. I cannot imagine either the ignorant placing of the 
institutional bookplate of the famous one, or - a more inexcusable 
action - the deliberate covering up of it. As I get older, I cannot 
help but think that many librarians and library staff, despite 
protests of their love of books, really didn't and don't know much 
about the items in their care, nor are concerned to learn more.

In any case, I was able to lift the institutional plate off with no 
additional damage to the plate below, at least restoring the Dickens 
plate to view.

Best wishes -

Gene Alloway
Motte & Bailey Booksellers
212 N. 4th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Member, Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA)
Open Mon-Sat 10 am -7 pm

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