Monday, March 27, 2017

Contest Reminder

Reminder The 10th anniversary Bookplatejunkie contest will be ending soon

The contest is very simple .

 Create a caption about the image shown above in ten words or less.
It can be serious or humorous.
Onlyone entry per person 
The entries must be received no later than Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Saturday April First

I reserve the right to reject entries in poor taste (Highly Unlikely)
 The winner will receive a professionally bound hard  cover inscribed book  with all my blog postings for 2016.

Send your Entries to

What is the significance of the acanthus leaves?
The symbolism and meaning associated with the Acanthus is that of enduring life, and the plant is traditionally displayed at funerary celebrations. In Christianity the thorny leaves represent pain, sin and punishment. Acanthus symbolizes immortality in Mediterranean countries.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Goodbye Dear Friend

Richard Schimmelpfeng (July 13,1929-March 16,2017)

Richard Schimmelfeng was a gentleman in every sense of the word.
He was much more than a mentor  and a passionate collector of many things including  bookplates, glass paperweights and children's literature.He was one of the most centered people I have ever met .He gladly shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with friends and colleagues 
Have a safe journey Richard, you will be missed.

Lew Jaffe
March 26,2017

The Passing of Richard H. Schimmelpfeng

It would be difficult to find someone more dedicated to the UConn Library’s Archives  and; Special Collections than Richard Schimmelpfeng. Perhaps it is because of the solid foundation he built beginning with the Special Collections Department after his arrival in 1966. But more likely it is because of his dedication to the collections after his retirement in 1992. Mr. Schimmelpfeng began volunteering in the Archives the day after his retirement and was a daily staple until his recent illness a few months ago. In a March, 2005 article he stated “I intend to continue as a volunteer until either I fall over, am dragged out, or told to quit,” he quips. “I figure I’ve got about 15 more years to go.” We estimate that he worked more than 15,000 volunteer hours over 20+ years. As Norman D. Stevens, Emeritus Director of the UConn Library says in his obituary below, “his fifty years of service to the University of Connecticut is perhaps unsurpassed.”
Our sadness is beyond words. We will truly miss his knowledge and dedication, but mostly the smile he brought us every day.
Richard H. Schimmelpfeng(7/13/1929-3/16/2017)
The son of Harold W. and Rose Schimmelpfeng, Richard was predeceased by his brother Harold W., Jr. and is survived by his niece, Margaret R. Lilly, and nephew, William J. Reynolds, and five grandnieces and nephews.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, with a triple major in English literature, history, and modern languages, and, in 1955, of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Library Science. He began his library career as a cataloger, rising to the head of the department, at Washington University in Saint Louis.
In 1966 he joined the staff of the University of Connecticut Libraries to protect and preserve the library’s rare and unusual books and manuscript collections. He had become head of a somewhat larger and more formal Special Collections Department by the time he retired in 1992. The day after his retirement he began working as a volunteer in what had become the Archives and Special Collections Department, where he served as its principal cataloger until early 2017. His fifty years of service to the University of Connecticut is perhaps unsurpassed.
During the course of his official appointment he oversaw an enormous growth of special and unusual archives, books, and other printed materials in a wide variety of fields. His own interest in collecting in many areas, led to the creation of a number of specialized collections including bookplates – he was an active member of the American Association of Book Plate Collectors and Designers – and the limited edition publications of major book designers.
He was especially adept at giving his employees, including students, support and encouragement. That led, for example, to the establishment of one of the country’s strongest collections of Alternative Press materials that continues to grow as it documents the growth and development of the counter-culture movement that began in the late 1960’s and early 1970s. It also resulted in the publication of a multi-volume annotated edition of the manuscript materials of the noted American poet Charles Olson.
He and his father shared an interest in collecting hand blown glass paperweights that Richard continued throughout his life. He was an active member of the New England Paperweight Association. Shortly before his death a few recent purchases joined The Schimmelpfeng Collection of Contemporary Glass Paperweight at the New Bedford Museum of Glass. His love of the visual arts extended to illustrated children’s books and he was an active participant of the American Book Collectors of Children’s Books (ABCs). He delighted in dressing up for a number of years as Clifford the Big Red Dog to entertain children and their parents at the annual Connecticut Children’s Book Fair at UConn.
For many years he used his specialized knowledge of books to assist the Mansfield Public Library in identifying and pricing items donated to their regular book sales. He was himself an avid reader who especially enjoyed detective stories.
He was also the Librarian and a member of the Executive Council of the Mansfield Historical Society from 1992 through 2016. He had begun his service to the MHS in 1982 when he indexed their scrapbook collection.
Richard’s love of the visual arts and music contributed to his enjoyment of concerts and programs at UConn and his active support of those programs including the donation of visual materials to the Benton Museum of Art.
In the fall of 2017 the Homer Babbidge Library at UConn will host an exhibit Glass Animals presented by the New Bedford Museum of Glass that will include a significant number of important pieces for which he had provided the funding. During that exhibit there will be a program to honor Richard and recognize his generous support of the University and the Mansfield community.
Colleagues and friends may post a note on the guest book for his obituary at, or may wish to share with one another their reminisces of Richard through e-mails, cards, phone calls as well as small gatherings and/or postings on social media.
Norman D. Stevens
March 12, 2017

 In memory of a giant

I have known Richard Schimmelpfeng for almost twenty years. A native Midwesterner, Richard settled in Storrs, Connecticut, walking distance from the library at UConn, where he worked and volunteered for decades.

Our relationship consisted of long emails, the occasional phone call and a yearly get together extravaganza that became a classic: I used to spend my Thanksgiving long weekends in CT to celebrate at my in-laws house and the day after Thanksgiving Richard and I always made room in our agendas to spend the day together and share stories and anecdotes and a ton of prints, which exchanged hands at a very brisk pace.

Richard had been collecting for forty plus years, prioritizing European prints from the twentieth century and amassing a collection second to none (especially for the bookplate literature). He helped the American Bookplate society for decades and shed light  many lesser known artists and prints. His knowledge went way past bookplates: he was a true collector (paper weights, art, music among other things).

Richard did not like traveling and never attended bookplate congresses, the exception being the Boston one in 2000, but was nonetheless known within the ex libris world for his generosity, knowledge and availability.

I ended up acquiring the Schimmelpfeng collection. Over the last two years Richard and I arranged for the massive transfer of his boxes. The last one occurred three months ago between Christmas and New Year, with Richard’s health already declining. I am proud and grateful to have had such an opportunity and will do my best to keep his legacy and collection intact and look forward to writing about it in depth.

I will miss Richard . I think of him while browsing through boxes and coming across his unmistakable hand writing and artistic use of marbled papers. He was not only a librarian.a friend and  scholar but also a gifted teacher.

Luigi Bergomi
March 26,2017

Richard Schimmelpfeng (1929-2017)

Richard Schimmelpfeng, the former head of Special Collections at the Benton Library at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a vital presence there since 1966, died on March 16. Richard formally retired in 1992, and on his first day of retirement returned as a volunteer at the Archives and Special Collections Department, serving as the lead cataloger there until early this year. He was a noted ex-libris collector, and only recently sold his comprehensive collection of Dutch bookplates and related materials, but to the very end he was still actively adding to his collection of illustrated books. He was on the subscription list of many private presses here and abroad - I believe that his collection is earmarked for the Benton library, where it will further enhance holdings that he is largely responsible for gathering throughout his career.
I met him in October, 2014, because a bookplate collector in Philadelphia had introduced us, and suggested that Richard might be interested in some of my ex-libris stock. Richard and I planned a meeting at his house in Storrs on my way home from Oak Knoll Fest in New Castle, Delaware. We hit it off at once, and spent a good part of the afternoon talking about fine press books, bookplates, the state of the world, and his long and fascinating career. Before I had left late that afternoon Richard had examined and bought a copy of the James Reid portfolio of wood engravings that I had recently published and shown at Oak Knoll Fest, and showed me some of his wonderful book collection.
The next time we met, I bought a number of the prints that he had collected over the years, an eclectic mix unified by his good taste and discerning eye. We kept in touch, with an occasional get-together for lunch when I was in the area. I last saw him at the end of January, stopping on my way at Rein’s Deli in Vernon for the roast beef Reuben sandwich that he favored. Richard was a man unafraid to express forceful opinions that were firmly grounded in a lifetime of studying and collecting the beautiful works that surrounded him. Whenever we parted company, I always came away more well-informed than when I arrived. I’ll miss our lively conversations about fine press books, prints, and the pleasures of collecting.

Robert Strossi

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Bookplates of Willy Pogany

Fellow collector Yu Xingang sent me three  bookplates images by Willy Pogany and wondered if I knew anything about him. Although I have several bookplates he designed I really did know anything about the artist . I have begun a checklist of his bookplates. If you have any not shown in this blog posting please  send a scan to and your images will be added to the checklist.
"William Andrew ("Willy") Pogany (born Vilmos Andreas Pog├íny) (August 1882 – 30 July 1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children's books and others.  .] He is best known for his pen and ink drawings of myths and fables.] A large portion of Pogany's work is described as Art Nouveau. Pogany's artistic style is heavily fairy-tale orientated and often feature motifs of mythical animals such as nymphs and pixies."

The reason not much has been written about his bookplates is that he  was primarily  involved with book and magazine illustration and movie set design. Most of his bookplates were universal and were distributed by The Castle Co.Ltd.The only custom designed bookplate shown below was done for Anna May Wong

 Fania Marinoff was a Russian-born American actress.Wikipedia
BornMarch 20, 1890, Odessa, Ukraine
DiedNovember 17, 1971, Englewood, NJ
SpouseAnatole France (m. 1914–1964)

3/24.2017  Sent by Tom Boss

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

March Events

This newsletter was written by John Renjilian.

John Renjilian
9 Old Hawleyville Road, Newtown, CT 06470
Phone: (203) 426-0864  
Antiquarian History, arts, domestic science; books, manuscipts, graphics & paper

Hold on tight, it's a busy month!

First up is the winter sale at Westport Library, 20 Jessup Rd, Westport, CT 06880. Saturday, March 4, 9 am-5 pm, March 5, 1-5 pm, March 6, 9 am-5 pm (everything half-price), March 7, 9 am-noon (contribution day). Mass market paperbacks Hardcover and trade paperback fiction and mysteries, Children's books, from infants to teens, Nonfiction hardcover: cooking, gardening, home & crafts, travel, history, biography, etc., DVDs and CDs, Vinyl LPs, Test preparation books, Jigsaw puzzles., 203-291-4800.

The next week begins Rare Book Week in NYC, opening with the ABAA Fair, 9-12 March, at the Park Ave Armory, 643 Park at 67th St, 10065. Opening night preview runs from 5-9, $50 includes one readmission, Friday 12-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5; $25 each day, or $40 for the run. There will be over 200 American and international dealers there, and as always they will have magnificent items, with equivalent prices. But it's certainly an education, and dealers often do bring items within the range of ordinary collectors. The list of dealers and other information is at Sanford Smith runs the show for the ABAA, or 212-777-5218.

Two satellite fairs piggyback on the big show, and they are on separate days this year. Friday, 10 March will see the NYC Book and Ephemera Fair, at the Wallace Hall of St Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave at 83rd St, from 8AM to 7PM. A free shuttle service will run all day, beginning at 7.45, between Wallace Hall and the Armory. About 50 dealers as of now, $15 admission. The hall is well laid out and well lighted, and the dealers will have a wide variety in all price ranges. Don't miss this one, and bring coffee when you come, an 11 hour show should leave dealers bleary eyed! Forget the coffee, maybe that's better for negotiating! Marvin Getman's Impact Events Group runs the fair,, mgetman@antiqueandbookshows,com, or 781-862-4039.

Opening the next day, 11 March, will be the second satellite, the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera and Fine Press Fair, at the Church of St Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Ave at 66th St, 10065, 10-5, $15 admission. This show is across the street from the back of the Armory so no shuttle will be needed. About 35 antiquarian dealers on the list, in addition to a good selection of fine presses. Again well laid out, the fine press folks are in one section and the antiquarians in the main area. An excellent selection of both merchandise and prices here as well. Flamingo Eventz runs this one, or 603-509-2639.

if you make it through the weekend you have a week to prepare for Ephemera 37, 18-19 March, at the Hyatt Regency, 1800 Putnam Ave, Old Greenwich, CT 06870. 10-5 Saturday, 11-4 Sunday, $15 two day admission, $8 Sunday only. I haven't counted the dealers but it doesn't matter, the hall will be full and the goodies abounding. Not a book fair per se, there will still be many books present, and if you haven't yet discovered the pleasures of ephemera this would be a great place to start. The Ephemera Society holds their annual conference concurrently, with a full schedule of events beginning on Friday, you can check the list at   Marvin Getman's Impact Events Group runs this fair also,, mgetman@antiqueandbookshows,com, or 781-862-4039.

Finishing out the month will be Paper Town, at the newly renamed Boxborough Regency, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01709; exit28, I-495, 25 March, 9-3. Please note, this is the same building as always, if you found it once you can find it again, it has simply changed hands and been rechristened. This is a little bit of everything show, encouraging that approach and the participation of new venders by renting by the table, a much easier investment obstacle for a new dealer or for trying something new. $7 admission, you'll want to check the website closer to showtime for a list of dealers. Flamingo Eventz runs this one also, or 603-509-2639.

Don't know about you, but I'm tired, can't remember the last month with every weekend filled, and this one with multiples on the big weekend, all within reach rather than spreading across the geography. 

Enjoy the beginning of spring!