Monday, May 29, 2017

Bookplate News and Events

Fellow book and bookplate collector Jerry Morris send me  his new bookplate and I asked him to send me a brief description. Here is his response.

Back in February 2013, I wrote a blog post 
On Selecting a Bookplate For My Library .
 Recently, I asked a friend to make two copies of Bookplate #4 for me.  I was donating two books, Four Oaks Farm and Four Oaks Library, from my Mary Hyde Collection for the silent auction at the upcoming Florida Bibliophile Society Banquet in May, and I wanted to paste the bookplates in them.
This friend, Charles Brown, the President of the Florida Bibliophile Society, makes exquisite bookplates for our guest speakers; but instead of merely making copies of my bookplate, Charles improved upon it .
I liked it so much that I had 100 copies made for the other books in my Mary Hyde Collection.

Jerry Morris

Piggy Go Fetch My Book
Shown above is one of my favorite plates by William Fowler Hopson
If you are near New Haven Connecticut before October 6th you should
visit the Hopson Exhibit at Yale.

" From his home on New Haven’s Whitney Avenue, William Fowler Hopson catered to a growing marketplace that sought out individualized, personal bookplates. Hopson’s process realizing his 201 bookplate commissions—preserved in correspondence, sketches, and corrected trial proofs—demonstrates his commitment to encapsulating his patrons’ identities.
This exhibition in the Sterling Memorial Library exhibits corridor, features Hopson’s artistic materials and personal papers, part of the Yale Bookplate Collection and Yale’s Manuscripts and Archives, to elucidate the process of inventing, negotiating, and printing bookplate designs in their golden age. Ultimately, Hopson’s clients commissioned bookplates with artistic representations that were emblematic of their familial, personal, and communal contributions. By tracing the claims made through these commissions, we gain unique insight into some of the social standards and aspirations at the turn of the twentieth century in America."

DON'T Procrastinate
The contest is almost over

The contest is easy.
 Just create a caption for the 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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This week in bookplates 5/24/2017

Sometimes it is difficult to come up with new blog postings each week which is why I am  always pleased to publish submissions from friends.
Fellow collector Jeffrey Price sent me this breaking news about a recent sale of an unpublished bookplate  by Robert Crumb.
Note From Lew
Personally, if I wanted to spend $7000.00 + for a bookplate  I would look for one from George Washington's library.
Here is a universal bookplate by Crumb which shows up on Ebay from time to time.

Over at Bookplate Ink Karen Gardner has been writing a fascinating blog focusing on bookplates ordered by notable people , bookplates for special events and trips to exotic places.

If you wish to see the finest selection of 18th century American bookplates, documents and ephemera  a trip to the American Antiquarian should be on your bucket list.
In any event bookmark this link. It will take three lifetimes to carefully read all the bookplate articles. In the interest of full disclosure I have barely scratched the surface .
California bookplates are one of the many areas I focus on.
It is particularly gratifying to find a California artist not mentioned in the
standard reference books.

Walter Barron Currier (1874-1934)

"Walter Barron Currier, a painter, craftsman, bookbinder ,illustrator, printmaker, and etcher, was born in Springville, Massachusetts on May 3, 1879. After his education at Brown and Cornell universities, he studied art with Arthur Dow, Eben Comins, and Kenyon Cox. By 1913 he had settled in Los Angeles. He was at one time the head of the art department of Lincoln High School there and in 1926 established the Currier Creative Art School in Santa Monica. He died there on January 11, 1934. Member: Laguna Beach Art Ass'n; California Art Club; California  Society; Santa Monica Art Ass'n; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles. Exhibited: Printmakers of Los Angeles, 1916; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1920; San Diego FA Gallery, 1920; Berkeley League of Fine Arts, 1925. Works held: Lincoln High School (Los Angeles); Exposition Park Galleries, (Los Angeles); Cecil B. DeMille Home for Girls (Hollywood)"

I currently have the artist's own bookplate. If you have any others he designed please send a scan to

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This Week in Bookplates 5/17/2017

The Birth of a Rabbit Bookplate

I have always wanted a rabbit bookplate so I asked Daniel Mitsui to
 create one for me  and track its progress from start to finish.

I am very pleased with this project and will get the bookplates printed as soon as I receive the completed art work


Notes From Lew

A group of rabbits is known as a colony, or nest (and occasionally a warren, though this more commonly refers to where the rabbits live). A group of young rabbits with the same parentage is referred to as a litter, and a group of domestic rabbits is sometimes called a herd.

Rabbit - Wikipedia
In 2011 I ran a three part series of blogs about Rabbit Bookplates
They still make me smile.

Rabbit Owner Nancy McClelland sent this additional information.

Cool.  I was told that a conglomeration of bunnies like the "Rabbit Island" pic can be called a Fluffle--sounded strange but appropriate to me.
Here are a few recent additions to my rabbit collection.
If you would like your rabbit bookplate added to this posting send a scan to

The Clock is Ticking.

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