Thursday, July 26, 2018

Another Letter From Audrey Arellanes

Audrey Arellanes wrote many letters to notable people asking for bookplates .
 Aldous Huxley took the time to respond.
I have always wanted the Huxley bookplate  designed by Bruno Bramante.
An article about his bookplate appeared in the November 1947 edition of House and Garden Magazine. I already had a smaller Huxley bookplate which I suspect was posthumous.
The late Richard Schimmelpfeng sent me a signed  copy of the Bramante bookplate before he died.


                Small bookplate is probably posthumous
In 1961 Aldous Huxley wrote to Audrey "I don't have a bookplate and wouldn't have time, if I did to strike it into all my books. "
Interesting, Was Mr Huxley on a trip when he wrote the letter or was the bookplate never  sent to Mr. Huxley ? Your thoughts would be appreciated.
 Incidentally,Today, July 26th is Mr.Huxley's birthday.
Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Letters to Audrey Arrellanes

Audrey Arellanes


Audrey Arellanes  was a remarkable woman who singlehandedly ran the bookplate society for over thirty years.
When she died  her daughter Denetia wrote about her in this article.

http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com/2012/02/thank-you-audrey-by-denetia-arellanes.html

Audrey corresponded with collectors, artists and many notable people on a regular basis.
She was reluctant to throw out anything. I remember one box which contained thirty years of movie ticket stubs
Here are a few of the letters Audrey received.




Here is another letter she received after writing to the American Poet  Louis Untermeyer



Here is a link to an article from The Literary Hub  about ten notable book collectors

https://lithub.com/10-famous-book-hoarders/

George Lucas Libtary

JULY 4th

July 4th is a few days away. My hope is that civility and sanity in our government  returns.
On the other hand ,I do not think that will happen unless these guys launch another sneak attack.
So I have an alternate wish . Let's hope the Democrats beat the crap out of the Republicans in the
mid term elections.



Monday, June 25, 2018

This Week in Bookplates 6/25/2018

Many years ago almost everyone I knew collected something ,Stamps, Trading Cards, Matchbook Covers etc. Times have changed and most  collecting organizations are struggling to attract new members.Fellow collector Robert Bolton organized a bookplate exhibit at his local library.
This is an excellent way to introduce bookplate collecting to a wide audience in your own community. Thank you Robert.

"In March of 2017 I was allowed to display a sampling of my bookplate collection at Lanier Library in Tryon, North Carolina.  The focus of my collection primarily is on the artist rather than the owner of the bookplate.  Lanier Library is one of the few remaining membership libraries in the country.  Please refer to America’s Membership Libraries edited by Richard Wendorf with a preface by Nicolas Barker and published by Oak Knoll Press, 2007."

Robert Bolton





Sammy The Watch Cat 

Fellow Collector Al Gury has a friend watching over his collection.

Fellow Collector Jeff Price has added a few more framed bookplates in his gallery


Artists' Market Inc.
The Artists' Bookplate Museum
163 Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06851 USA                   
203.846.2550



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hello Again

I have been out of circulation for a while but now I am back.
It is nice to be here again.

I enjoy doing research about the owner's of bookplates.This one is unique.
 Dr. Austin O'Malley's bookplate was designed by his brother Frank Ward O'Malley.
fUR narrative of Frank Ward O'Malley was broken yesterday by tho in



The good doctor married Aline Demetria Ellis who was twenty years younger than him.
 She was having an affair with William J. Hearin  , a Cornell University student and she wished to get rid of her husband. She selected poison instead of a divorce attorney. Her poison of choice was arsenic.
You can read all the sordid derails here

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=FRBUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hTkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2140,4105600&dq=austin+o-malley+notre+dame&hl=en


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bookplate Events In March Part One

Bookplate Exhibit

Fellow Collect Tommy Wixon has a bookplate exhibit at the Pascagoula Public Library 
Perhaps some of you might want to consider such an event at your own  local library

New York City Events in March
ABAA Show March 8th -11th



https://www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIotSuitvB2QIVAx6GCh3sHAfZEAAYASAAEgIpH_D_BwE

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March 10, 2018 The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair And Fine Press Book Fair - The Shadow Show!   The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street, New York, NY 10065
Just Across From The ABAA Show At The Park Avenue Armory! This is it - The Hip Shadow Show to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair! More Now Than Ever - This Is The Must Do Show In New York!   In a fabulous location just across the street from the Armory and a short cab ride from Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal. We're surrounded by parking garages and subway stops!   Exceptional Vintage Book & Ephemera dealers from across the United  States, Canada & Europe will gather to offer fine, rare, old books  alongside a wide range of vintage paper & ephemera. Hours are Saturday 10am-5pm Admission: Adults $15, Youths 13-21 $7, Under 13 free w/Paid Adult Appraisals 1-3pm by John Bruno, Star of  Market Warriors & Guest Appraisers!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

And The Winner Is


Congratulations to Justin Green. 

His Winning Submission for the bookplate contest was:

Don't Shoot- I thought it was You.

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eList 22 - Bookplates

Bay Leaf Books is pleased to announce our new short list of bookplates.  This
fully-illustrated PDF includes a wide variety of ex libris, from antiquarian armorials to contemporary collage-style, as well as plates from illustrious owners such as
L. Frank Baum, John Gielgud, and Charles Goodspeed. 

Note from Lew. Gabe Konrad's E list #22 is excellent.

Unfortunately I am currently unable to provide a PDF link.

To obtain a copy of the elist you can call Gabe Konrad at

231 652 2665

or go to his website link below and click on the catalogs section.

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Inquiries from fellow  collectors 

If you can answer any of these inquires please respond to  
 Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com


 Dear Lew,

A Happy New Year to you!

Do you know who designed Harry Bache Smith's bookplate?  His initials might be either A. G. or A. C.  and it looks like it was printed in 1929.  Attached are two images.  

best,
Jerry


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Dear Mr. Jaffe

I came across your blog about Californian bookplate artists.

I am a bookplate collector and historian of science from Argentina, I am looking for a bookplate used by the chemist and historian of science Ladislao Reti.
His library was sold by the legendary Californian bookdealer Zeitlin in the nineties.
 There is a chance some books from his library may pop up in California.
Can you or one of your readers assist me in obtaining this bookplate ?
Thanks,
Roberto A. Ferrari