Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bookplates with Cartoons Part One

plural noun: cartoons
  1. 1.
    a simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way, especially a satirical one in a newspaper or magazine.

  2. I've selected a number of cartoonish bookplates and several done by cartoonists.
  3. Very few (if any) are humorous. Many of them seem to reflect a style of drawing popularized in the 1920s and 1930s

This is the earliest cartoonish American bookplate I have found.It was designed by Henry L. Stephens around 1840

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Note From Lew
If you have any cartoon bookplates please send  scans to  and I wiil try to include them in part two , next week..
I received the following note from fellow bookplate collector Debra Walker .
Hi Lew,
I am enclosing a scan of Walter J Wait (I believe the middle initial is a “J”)  by the cartoonist A D Condo. 

Note the poke at Roycroft.  I wonder why. 

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Assembling a Norman Kent Check List

My next blog project is a Norman Kent Checklist.
This is my starting point. The checklist which appeared  in the
1945-1946 YearBook of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers .I need scans of the following #1, #2, #8, #11, #12,#14,#22
plus all bookplate done after 1946. Your help would be appreciated.
Lew Jaffe

Bookplates  and Ephemera for Possible Exchange
A  4 by 7 inch new years card by Ismael Smith
Finely engraved map bookplate by Roy Cooney for Cdr. A.T.
Welch R.N.
Bookplate by T.B.Hapgood Jr.
By Amy Sackler
By Margaret Overbeck 

It's hard to believe I am starting my tenth year as a blogger.
Here is a nine year  snapshot of pages viewed by country.
The Chinese viewers are under reported. I suspect some Chinese bookplate collectors  somehow are able to bypass the government censors and my blog is passed around from collector to collector.
United States
United Kingdom
South Korea

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The World of Bookplates at The Grolier Club

The Grolier Club cordially invites you to

"The World of Bookplates”
-- A Mini-Symposium Occasioned by the Exhibition “Grolier Club Bookplates Past & Present”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
5- 7:30 pm

47 East 60th Street
New York, NY

Free and open to the public


Alexander L. Ames, PhD candidate in History, University of Delaware, curator of “The Art of Ownership: Bookplates and Book Collectors from 1480 to the Present" at the Rosenbach of the Free Library and co-curator of “Grolier Club Bookplates Past & Present”

Molly Dotson, Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Robert B. Haas Family Library, Yale University, and Curator of the Yale Bookplate Collection

William Butler, John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University, bookplate collector, founding editor of The Bookplate Journal and author of The Golden Era of American Bookplate Design (1986) and Modern English Bookplates (1990), both in co-authorship with Darlene J. Butler

Reception follows

.Mark Samuels Lasner
Senior Research Fellow
University of Delaware Library
181 South College A

Photographs from the exhibit provided by fellow collector Michael Anthony Middleton

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    For rare book lovers:  provided by fellow collector David Lowden
·       encyclopedic website devoted to the work of Arts & Crafts book publisher Thomas Bird Mosher, recently rebooted by Phil Bishop (Mr. Mosher to some of us!) -
·       All about the Encyclopedia Britannica 11th edition (1910) -

Mystery Bookplates

 Does anyone out there recognize these bookplates?
The artist's monogram on both is HC