Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bookplate Odds and Ends 10/12/2016

 Bob Peck collects bookplates relating to natural history and exploration

Here is what he wrote about his own bookplate.

Robert McCracken Peck's Bookplate by Richard E. Bishop

      When I was an undergraduate at college  I became very interested in bookplates and started a collection of those relating to my two great interests of natural history and exploration.  Since I did not have a bookplate of my own, I approached the well-known sportsman and waterfowl artist Richard E. Bishop (1887-1975), a longtime family friend, to ask if he would draw one for me. Although he was 85 at the time, and no longer making the etchings for which he is so well known, he sent me a pen and ink drawing for the plate.  It shows me with my arm holding a book dozing in an armchair in front of our summer fishing cabin’s fireplace with a small flock of Canada Geese emerging from the smoke as if in a dream. I still have the original drawing.  It measures 10 x 6.5 inches and is on a drawing board measuring roughly 12 x 10 inches. It is signed and dated 1972 in the lower right corner.

Bishop, who designed many bookplates while at the height of his career, was the artist-author of three books: Bishop’s Birds (1936), Bishop’s Wildfowl (1948), and Prairie Wings (1962).  He was also the artist for one of the very first U.S. Federal Duck Stamps, officially known as the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamps, (1936-37).

Note from Lew--Robert Peck, who is Senior Fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, would be willing to exchange copies of his Bishop bookplate for others relating to natural history and exploration  Here is his contact information.

Mystery Bookplate Elias Lieberman
There are several notable people named Elias Lieberman .I suspect this is the owner
of the bookplate I recently purchased.

"Elias Lieberman (1883–1969), American poet and educator, was a Russian Jew who emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of seven. After graduating from the City College of New York in 1903, he began working as an English teacher at a public school. Lieberman went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University, serving also as editor of Puck, The American Hebrew, and the Scholastic. He later worked for the New York Board of Education, as an associate superintendent of schools in charge of the junior high school division. His most famous poem, “I Am an America,” was published in 1916 by the popular periodical Everybody’s. The poem soon became a favorite, recited at graduation ceremonies and American Legion meetings"

The information shown above came from

The bookplate artist's initials appear to be  EB
Here is what I have done to solve the mystery. Some of the papers of Elias Lieberman are at Syracuse University.
The on line description includes the following information:

"The collection contains four series: Biographical material, Correspondence, Memorabilia, and Writings. The Correspondence is arranged chronologically, while the Memorabilia is arranged alphabetically by type (i.e. advertisements, bookplates, programs, tributes). Writings is divided into two subseries, Works by Lieberman and Works by others, within which materials are arranged alphabetically by title".

The university has been contacted  and  I am awaiting their response.

The folks Syracuse University responded quickly .

Dear Mr. Jaffe,

Your inquiry was forwarded to our attention at the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries. Thank you for your interest in our collections. We do have one of Elias Lieberman’s bookplates in Small Collections 7 and it is as you describe. Unfortunately there is no indication of the artist’s name accompanying the bookplate."

I have a duplicate of the Lieberman plate for possible exchange.
My last posting about exchanging  bookplates of notable people worked out very well for everyone who participated.
Two bookplates in particular were very welcome additions to my collection.

Ellis Parker Butler (December 5, 1869 – September 13, 1937) was an American author. He was the author of more than 30 books and more than 2,000 stories and essays and is most famous for his short story "Pigs Is Pigs", in which a bureaucratic stationmaster insists on levying the livestock rate for a shipment of two pet guinea pigs, which soon start proliferating exponentially. His most famous character was Philo Gubb.

The second trade was for a bookplate from the library of Colette. It has not arrived yet but here is some biographical information about her.

Colette (French: [kɔ.lɛt]Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, 28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954) was a French novelist nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Her best known work, the novella Gigi (1944), was the basis for the film and Lerner and Loewe stage production of the same name. She was also a mime, an actress and a journalist.

See you again on Sunday.-Lew

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