Saturday, August 06, 2016

Current and Future Events Plus Bugs Beasts and Birds

If I’m fit and well in four years time I shall be off to university at Cambridge. No, not Harvard, but to one of England’s historic cities, where The Bookplate Society is proposing to hold the 38th International Exlibris Congress, commencing Wednesday, 12 August 2020. Already some impressive groundwork is in place, which you can see by visiting the website at        and linked pages.

The formula of taking over a college worked very well in 1982 when the 19th congress took place at Keble College, Oxford. Since then the quality of student rooms has greatly improved, and the intended venue, Churchill College, offers good modern accommodation, including a newly-opened bedroom block with elevator. The ancient aspects of Cambridge will be appreciated  through tours of colleges and libraries, and by the formal dinner being held in the old dining hall of St John’s College. 

It appears that the organizers will be introducing some innovations, and with good forward planning in evidence this promises to be a busy and hugely enjoyable event. I can understand that there is intense competition to hold conferences in Oxford & Cambridge colleges, hence the need for very early booking.

Of course this all presupposes that, when they meet on 26 August 2016, FISAE delegates will vote to adopt this proposal, but the present troubles in Turkey (which held a congress as recently as 2010) don’t make it an attractive alternative for me. So I plan to book my place at Cambridge as soon as registration opens, and thus to get a 10% reduction in the participation fee. However, don’t expect to see me on the river in a punt!


Bookplate Exhibit Currently in Whittier California

George Washington Bookplates as well as other 18th century American bookplates are currently on display at The  Whittier public Library located at 7344 Washington Ave.  Whittier California 90602
 Tel. # 562 567 9900

Among the other highlights in the exhibit are the very rare Gabriel Johnston bookplate  as well as examples of plates by Nathaniel Hurd, Amos Doolittle, and Paul Revere. 

The bookplates were provided by fellow collector Jerry Peterson and new examples from his extensive collection will be added  every few months.

Bugs Beasts and Birds

 I am sorting through a very fine collection of bookplates that were originally owned by a herpetologist, It contains lots of snake related plates along with insects and all sorts of critters. In addition   many bookplates were from  scientists and physicians at the University of Chicago.
So far I have selected about thirty bookplates for my own collection.
Here are some examples.
 An article about the Emil August Goldi bookplate. *

Bookplate of the week: Emil August Göldi

Émil August Göldi (1859-1917), whose colorful bookplate is this week’s feature,was a Swiss-Brazilian zoologist who discovered numerous species of Amazonian wildlife, and researched the causes and prevention of yellow fever. Following a successful research career, Goldi was tasked by the Brazilian government with the founding of a scientific museum in Pará, which still exists today. 
Göldi’s bookplate, representing his background and various interests, is one of the few color bookplates in our collection.
This bookplate is part of the Daniel Butler Fearing collection at Houghton Library. Fearing collected several thousand bookplates related to angling, watercraft, and other related subjects.

Dr. Hugo Kahl      Affiliated with the Carnegie Museum    

C. de Mello Leitao                                                                        
A zoologist  considered the founder of Arachnologyin South America -  who has published 198 articles on taxonomy of arachnids .
He was also an educator, writing books for college courses . He contributed to biogeography , studies on the distribution of members of the class Arachnida in the South American continent.

Dr.Frank J. Psota was an Insect Collector
This plate depicting Moses was engraved by Engelien Reitsma Valencia.The first time I looked at it I missed something. The second time I looked  it made me laugh.
Sir John Eric Sidney Thompson (31 December 1898 – 9 September 1975) was a leading English Mesoamerican archaeologist, ethno historian, and epigrapher. While working in the United States, he dominated Maya studies and particularly the study of the Maya script until well into the sixties of the 20th century.
Otis Ellery Taylor specialized in ancient Persian architecture and wrote scholarly books  on this subject.This beautifully engraved plate is 4 1/4 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches high.I have not found any biographical information about him nor do I know  the meaning of the script.
Can anyone out there assist me ?

Charles Edward Jones , The Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities at The Pennsylvania State University Libraries.
  quickly responded with this information:

"This is a really interesting bookplate. To tell you the truth, until your message came, I thad never heard of the man. A little googling tells me something about him, but not very much. This page
"He met his lifelong friend and frequent travelling companion Otis Ellery Taylor in Vienna in 1928. There are indications that they had an extensive correspondence, but apart from a couple of postcards none of it survives as neither man left an archive behind.  Otis Taylor is the only friend Snelgrove ever made reference to in recorded public pronouncements, although you can glean the names of other friends from the list of pallbearers at his funeral, mainly professors and teachers.

Taylor, a first graduate of the College of Commerce at the University of Nebraska in 1915, was, on the surface, an unusual match for Snelgrove.  He worked for the Oswald Stoll organization managing theatres in London from 1917 and into the mid 1920s and then seems to have spent the rest of his life studying and travelling.  He was what can only be described as a bon vivant, frequently noted in various social columns as doing the rounds of Palm Springs, New York and Europe or Asia year after year. [vi] In 1931 he married a wealthy widow over 25 years his senior and eventually obtained a PHD in Art History from the University of Chicago in 1939, after making several trips to study Persian monuments. When his wife died in 1946, he was based in New York City, where he was involved for a brief time with The American Institute of Iranian Art & Archaeology and then the American Red Cross during the war.  Domiciled in swank apartment hotels until he died in 1988, he doesn’t seem to have ever done paid work as an art historian.
There is no indication that Taylor had any interest in being an art historian until he met Snelgrove, whose thirst for more knowledge must have appealed to him. Both of them enrolled at the University of Chicago for art history courses in the summer of 1929.[vii] Moose Jaw then had railway connections which could get you directly to Chicago..."

Notes From Lew

* Here are more postings from Harvard's Bookplate of the week series:

8/7/2016- Note received from Gordon Collette

Hi again Lew,
Just a quick note to say hello, and that thanks for putting up the UK Bookplate Society bid for FISAE 2020.
The image with the swans is one of mine. Hopefully see you there!
Also I have a new look website
and you can see all new stuff on my Facebook page:
Keep up the good work!
Best wishes,


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