Friday, September 22, 2017

Support your local bookseller

Support your local Book Seller
I  never run paid advertising but I am always pleased to promote book shows, Book Sales and  Booksellers .It is tough out there in the real world if you are running an independent bookstore.

Here are  two noteworthy announcements

I received this email from Curtis Kise the owner of Neighborhood Books after I visited his store and complimented him on the attractive and reasonably priced framed bookplates he had for sale.

We are selling the framed bookplates for $5.95 - $8,95
 Loose or unframed ones are $1 each or 3 for $2, .
The exceptional ones range from $2 - $5 each.

The store is open seven days a week, 11am to 6pm, closed major holidays (next is Thanksgiving). We are located at 1906 South St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19146, 

 Our phone number is 215-545-BOOK

 email is

Thanks for doing this for us! - Curtis

Support The Bookplate Society

A new collector asked me yesterday why he should join The Bookplate Society

My response was Trust Me. Do It.

Perhaps I was too brusque so I will elaborate.
The Bookplate Society publishes well researched and profusely illustrated books about bookplates.
I use them frequently.In addition , most members go out of their way to assist me when I have questions about heraldry.Beyond that the member's bookplate auctions provide an opportunity to buy  items for your collection.
This book is currently available to non-members.
Price is £24 which is $31  and for a 1kg parcel Royal Mail quote £13.50, in other words $17.25, which I find grim but ipost and MyHermes are still more expensive.  So a total of $48.25 to non-members living outside the EU.

Item Description: The Bookplate Society, London, 2016. Soft cover. 199p. Publishers stiff wrapper. A biographical descriptions of 22 families and their bookplates with 249 black & white illustrations and an Appendix.
 Send Orders to:

Monday, September 04, 2017

This Week in Bookplates 9/3/2017-Part Two

Yesterday I wrote about the Brooklyn Book Show.
This morning I received this Email from Cara Schlesinger  owner of the Faenwyl Bindery

"I hope to see you this weekend at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, at Brooklyn's Expo Center in Greenpoint!
Do you have a book in need of special care - - repair or a protective slipcase or clamshell box? I'd be glad to talk with you about it at the fair. If you'd like to bring the book with you, please call me from the door at (917) 414-4575 and I'll come to walk you in.
I have a few passes for complimentary entry available for people who'd like a consultation - - reply to this email to let me know you're interested! "

Cara Schlesinger, Faenwyl Bindery

Here are some Brooklyn bookplates  from my collection.

Kurt Zimmerman recently mentioned Dr Purple in his book collecting blog

I wrote about Emma Toedteberg in yesterday's blog posting.
This bookplate was engraved by E.D. French

The Pratt Institute has an excellent bookplate collection which can be viewed by following this link

Mystery Brooklyn Bookplate

The artist's initial's are FB.Does anyone out there know who that might be ?By the way , if you have any Brooklyn bookplates send a scan to and I will add them to my next blog posting.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

This Week in Bookplates 9/3/2017

I am going to attend the fourth annual Brooklyn book show.( Sept 8-10)
If you are in or near Brooklyn and have bookplates for sale or trade please send me an email.

This is an exceptionally well run show  and at least two dealers  Tom Boss and Richard Thorner will be bringing bookplates.
Here is their contact information.

Here is a link with detailed information about the show


Fellow Collector Anthony Pincott sent me this information about the Emma Toedteberg Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

With a little advance planning you can go to the show and visit the  Historical Society also.
Call Number: 2012.004
Extent: 23.5 Linear feet, in 48 manuscript boxes.
The Emma Toedteberg Bookplate collection, spanning from 1701 to 1982, was the bookplate collection of long-time Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) librarian Emma Toedteberg (1856-1936). The collection was originally created by Miss Toedteberg’s father, Augustus Toedteberg (1824-1909), and later expanded by BHS librarians. The present collection numbers over 7,000 bookplates ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, including armorial, heraldic and presentation bookplates of individuals and institutions. Works of numerous engravers are represented such as Edwin Davis French, Charles W. Sherborn and John W. Evans.

Fellow collector Luigi Bergomi  has listed over two hundred bookplates on Ebay this week.. His seller name is Olindo.

To be continued on Monday 9/4