Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bookplate Odds and Ends 6/29/2017

Links worth Perusing

The American Antiquarian Society has an Instagram site .
Lots of interesting bookplates I've never seen before.
You can view it on your computer.

The Luna Image Collection from Washington University in St. Louis should be bookmarked. It is an excellent digital bookplate resource.

Three Mystery Bookplates
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Hi Lew -

Thanks for getting back to me and offering to help me sort this out -- I would be most grateful if you were to post something on your blog or otherwise point me in the right direction. (However limited your knowledge of Russian bookplates may be, I can assure you that mine is far more limited!)
This is what I have figured out so far...

The translation says:

"From the books of Б. М. Тенин." 

The foreground graphic is obviously Shakespeare's portrait with  a quote from Hamlet, Act 1 scene 5, lines 190-1: 
"The time is out of joint. O cursèd spite / That ever I was born to set it right!"

From what I have gleaned, Boris Mihaylovich Tenin (Б. М. Тенин) was a famous Soviet actor born in 1905. In addition to his work on stage, film, and television, he was quite a bibliophile and collected bookplates. I found -- and have attached -- a picture of Tenin in his library, with what appear to be some bookplate designs, one of which also seems to have Shakespeare's portrait. I can't read Russian, so I have no idea what the text says. I've asked my daughter, who is more adept with computers and research, to try to figure it out.

As for this particular bookplate, I have no idea who the artist that designed (and signed) it is, nor where this particular bookplate came from. It was given to my daughter as a gift over a decade ago. Any help or advice you can give would be most appreciated.


Hi Lew,
          Any idea who this artist may be? LBM are the initials but I have no idea.



I suspect this was an honorarium plate for Fidel Castro. It may be a Russian Plate.  Your input would be appreciated. Thanks,

Recent Additions To My Collection

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In 1945 Ernest Morgan , the president of Antioch Bookplate Co. sent this letter to
Louis Henry Cohn , the owner of House of Books Ltd. in New York City.

Here is one of the Lynd Ward Proofs

By way of comparison shown below is one of the printed bookplates.

Here is another proof

Lewis Henry Cohn's bookplate was designed by his friend Ernest Hemingway

"Ernest Hemingway,
autograph inscription and bookplate [n.d.]
Original autograph text by Ernest Hemingway used for design of a Cohn bookplate, includes autograph notes on scale and line cut for the printed bookplate. The Hemingway autograph was written on the verso of Hotel Brevoort (New York) stationery."

I got the Lockett plate on Ebay. It just strikes my fancy.

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