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Fellow collector Jeffrey Price sent me this breaking news about a recent sale of an unpublished bookplate  by Robert Crumb.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

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