Sunday, July 24, 2016

Signed Bookplates

In general, bookplates used for book signings are not of interest to me.
In my collection I have made ta few exceptions..
Walter B. Gibson
The following expression will be familiar to many of you especially if you grew up in America between 1940 to 1960

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

That's right -The Shadow knows. The Shadow is a fictional character created by Walter B. Gibson, one of the most famous of the pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s. Born Kent Allard he assumed various identities for his crime fighting work, most notably that of Lamont Cranston.

Mr.Gibson was also very involved with magic and his book signing exlibris

reflects his interest
Al Jaffee

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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Pins , Zebras and Dodo Birds

Below, a Badger is hiding among a herd of zebra. Can you spot it?

This was sent  by the B.B.C.and it took me about a week to solve .
 Have fun with it.
I have two bookplates with Zebras in my collection.
Color Woodcut by Julius Nitsche
Etched By Horatio Nelson Poole
Dr. Guion Was a remarkable woman who rose to the top of her chosen profession at a time when women were treated like second class citizens in the field of medicine .

"THE big estate on the Catawba also furnished a definitely directed motive to the small Connie. From this plantation her grandfather and five of his eleven brothers had gone off to medical school in Lexington, Kentucky. They subsequently practiced medicine formally while their mother practiced it informally, but almost as extensively, when she covered the plantation on horseback ministering to sick slaves. Family stories of these earlier generations planted in the child the notion of becoming a doctor. And there was an added embellishment: a visual picture of Dr. C. Guion calling on her patients in a carriage drawn by a pair of zebras, harnessed tandem fashion. (This stemmed from a banner day in her eighth year when an animal-loving little girl headed a circus parade on an actual zebra.) "
(The paragraph shown above was extracted from this site  )
Henry Anderson Bryden was an English solicitor, athlete , sportsman and author.,
He was a keen hunter and naturalist and travelled widely.

Bryden Bookplate Submitted by Anthony Pincott
Designed by Rod Burnham (1886-1979)
                Bookplate used by a Pin Collector
Tom Boss sent this image of a bookplate used by Henry M. Brooks.
and designed by Edward S. Morse.
Before staples and paper clips were invented old papers and documents were held together with pins.Mr. Brooks had a world class collection with specimens going back to the 17th century.

 Bookplate used by a DoDo Bird Collector
 The information shown below appeared in the March 1988
 Bookplate Society Newsletter
and was sent by fellow collector Anthony Pincott
If you have any bookplates in your collection depicting a Zebra or a bookplate owner's unusual hobby please send a jpeg image and it will be added to this posting.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

July 4th 2016 Bookplates and Ephemera

On Monday we celebrate our independence .I was trying to find some July 4th bookplates with little success .These late 19th and early 20th century postcards seemed appropriate for starters .

Fireworks are an integral part of July 4th celebratios so I am adding a link from The Lotus Fireworks Company which has a museum of fireworks

The eleven signers of The Declaration of Independence
 who used bookplates.

John Adams

Charles Carroll

Samuel Chase

Thomas Hayward 
Image from
The Boss collection

William Hooper    
Image from Tom Boss

Francis Hopkinson

Benjamin Rush

Richard Stockton  
Image from Tom Boss

George Taylor   
This plate was copied from an illustration in  The Loan Exhibition of Colonial Bookplates  organized by The Society of Colonial Dames State of New York in 1908. It is the date (1782) which puzzles me as Mr. Taylor died in 1781

Oliver Wolcott   
 I believe this bookplate was used by Oliver Wolcott.
 He and his  son (Oliver Wolcott Jr.) used the same plate which had a blank name tablet
 Signature enlarged directly from bookplate with an example of the signers signature below .

George Wythe

If you have any other images of bookplates used by signers  please send me a scan so it can be added to this posting.