Friday, April 21, 2017

This day in Bookplates 4/21/2017

Fellow collector David Wilton sent the following information about his new bookplate.

"The bookplate is engraved from an original artwork, a watercolor, by Graham Redgrave Rust.

The house shown is The Firs in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. The Firs was built in 1922 to a design by the well known architect George Howe of Mellor, Meigs and Howe. It is a scaled-down variation on its neighbor,  Howe's own house High Hollow.

The arms at the top and the circular badge in the bottom right of the cartouche are my family's. My initials are in the circle in the base.

The bookplate was engraved and printed by Book Arts in Washington DC on acid-free pre-gummed paper. The idea was to capture the feel of the watercolor, which I think they have achieved."

Note from Lew -The bookplate has a thin blue line border which the scanner does not show properly.

A new contest was hatched this morning.

My Goodness - Two contests in one year. I am on a roll.
Alice L. Salzmann's bookplate was designed in 1905 by A.H.B (artist unknown)
She was an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society .

The contest is easy.
 Just create a caption for her bookplate ,shown below.

The rules are simple .
Only one submission per person
The judges (Lew and Mary Jaffe) will delete any submissions in poor taste.
All submissions must be received by Midnight (E.S.T) May 30,2017 

The winner will receive a copy of John Grisham's upcoming new thriller about the antiquarian book trade , Camino Island

Send your submissions to

Sunday, April 16, 2017

More Bookplate Odds and Ends

Fellow collector/dealer Jeffrey Price sent me this information about a very special bookplate he recently framed in his Norwalk, Connecticut Studio.

"This is what I look for in a bookplate, and how I like to present such special pieces. .

Bookplate for Calvin Coolidge. Proof printing of the engraving by Timothy Cole. Signed by Timothy Cole and noted, 'this is the latest printed today.' Also signed by Calvin Coolidge. This print was formerly in the collection of Malcolm S. Forbes.

The 'floating' presentation within a patriotic red mat with a decorative inner frame allows the complete print to be displayed with its full margins. The 'Stars and Stripes' design of the frame echoes the flag unfurled around the vignette of George Washington which crowns the plate.

The hand-painted gold-leaf name-plate identifies the details of this fine work."
I am always pleased to receive emails from blog readers.
Anna Jaffe sent me this information.

"I ran into your website which caught my eye as a fellow Jaffe - who used to work at an antiquarian bookstore and designed a few bookplates for customers.
Just for fun, here's a bookplate I bought years ago (hairy guy), plus 2 of my own designs".

"As to my bookplates, I worked for over a decade at an antiquarian bookstore in The Hague (proprietor Bob Loose, now sadly deceased). We had various steady customers who collected specific subjects, as one does. I originally studied Industrial Design and like being crafty, so I'd ask if they'd be interested in a personalized bookplate or stamp, as I love making them. Animals seemed to be the most frequent. I think I've done ants, monkeys, snails, snakes, owls, "levenstrap" (life phases pictured on stairsteps), tiger and probably more. There's something about expressing yourself in a restricted space that I really enjoy."

Many Mystery Bookplates
I purchased a large collection several weeks ago and it includes many bookplates   about which I know very little . Here are two examples.

A rebus bookplate which may be in Spanish.
Have fun with this one. I can use some help.

It would be nice if this was Fidel Castro's bookplate. I suspect it is a tribute plate made to honor him.The collector whose contact information is printed on the verso  shows up on Google at the same address with a telephone number. Unfortunately the telephone number is no longer  working.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Odds and Ends

And the winner is :

I want to thank all the people who  entered the 10th anniversary contest. It was not easy selecting the best of the best.
The winner is Don Hobbs. His submission was:
How Can I Buy Books? I Can't Afford Pants

I finally started listing bookplates on Ebay after a very long pause.
My goal is to list 25 plates by the end of the day on Monday April 10th.
Right now I have about 16 items listed and you can see them by going to 
this link.

A longer post will be sent out later in the week.