Sunday, February 28, 2016

This Week in Bookplates 2/28/2016

A good many bookplate collections are currently up for sale or have recently been sold so the current supply of choice items is  overwhelming.
Anthony Tufts purchased the  Robert Lloyd Henderson Collection.  Mr. Henderson was the son of James D. Henderson, the famous collector of miniature books. Robert was a collector in his own right with Charles Dickens being a particular interest. Most of the collection is being sold on Ebay.
You can see his current listings by searching Ebay using the seller name  Exeter-Rare-Books

From the Henderson Collection I purchased a group of leather bookplates used by Jerome Kern

Jerome David Kern(January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago (and Far Away)" and "Who?". He collaborated with many of the leading librettists and lyricists of his era, including George Grossmith Jr.Guy BoltonP. G. WodehouseOtto HarbachOscar Hammerstein IIDorothy FieldsJohnny MercerIra Gershwin and E. Y. Harburg." In addition he was an notable American book collector.
I currently have a duplicate of his bookplate for possible exchange.If you wish to contact me my Email is

Tom Boss recently purchased two significant bookplate collections and is currently sorting though and pricing them.He can be reached at this Email address:

I was sent a fine collection from a collector who wishes to remain anonymous
Here is one of my favorites from that collection.
Within that collection I also obtained this bookplate for Blaine Cordner.
He was an actor and his bookplate is a woodcut by Drusilla Albert (Mrs. George Kidd) I already have a copy so this one is also available for possible exchange.
Last but not least, fellow collector Luigi Bergomi purchased the Richard Schimmelpfeng collection. In several weeks he will be writing a blog article about the collection .This is one of the finest private collections assembled in the last fifty years. It contains well over 50,000 American and European bookplates .
If you want to contact Luigi his email address is

Here are a few Mystery Bookplates

 I believe both bookplates were done by the same artist..Dr.Eric Stone was affiliated with Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in the early twentieth century
and he lived in Brookline Mass.Does anyone out there know who designed these bookplates?

Yes, this one is grotesque . Perhaps that is why I like it. In any event do you recognize the Artist's cipher ?
This one measures 2 1/4 inches wide by 3 1/4 inches high ,circa 1920
At first I thought it might be a book ticket but most book tickets are tiny and it was pasted in the center on the inside front cover of a book about world war one.
 Mr. Schliepmann sold books  from apartment 13 A at 440 west 40th Street. I have not located any information about this bookseller and any input would be appreciated.

See you again Next Week.

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