Saturday, January 12, 2019

This Week in Bookplates 1/13/2019

This article appeared in the January 11th edition of 

The Adirondack Enterprise
 Mr. Will H. Low, the well-known American artist, was an intimate of Robert Louis Stevenson in art student days at Barbizon. As a tribute to the memory of his gifted friend he has made for members of the Robert Louis Stevenson Society a special bookplate.
The following from “The New International Encyclopedia” affords a survey of Mr. Low’s achievements: “Low, Will Hicock, An American illustrator, figure and genre painter. He was born May 31, 1853, in Albany, N.Y. His early education was interrupted by his ill health, but in 1870 he went to New York and for two years illustrated for different magazines. He went to Paris in 1873 studying with Gerome at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and later with Carolus Duran. His work was also influenced by association with Millet and other painters at Barbizon. Returning to America in 1877, he was elected member of the Society of American Artists in 1878 and Academician in 1890, and for a time was instructor of the life classes at the Academy and in schools of Cooper Union. In 1910 he delivered the Scammon lectures at the Arts Institute, Chicago, published under title ‘A Painter’s Progress’ (1910). He worked with a John La Farge in glass painting, and received a second-class medal at the Paris Exposition in 1889 and medals at Chicago in 1893 and Buffalo in 1901.”
“Low is best known by his illustrations for periodicals, his decorative work for public buildings and private houses, and for his stained glasses. He was one of the first to introduce light tones of the open-air school in American art. His work shows grace of line, delicate color, and good composition. His ideal subjects of gods and nymphs are painted with great charm of color reflections in light and shade. Among his works are ‘Portrait of Albani’ (1877); ‘May Blossoms’ (1888, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.); ‘My Lady’ (Lotus Club, New York); ‘Aurora’ (1894, Metropolitan Museum, New York); ‘The Orange Vendor’ (Art Institute, Chicago); ‘Christmas Morn’ (National Gallery, Washington); Among his decorations are ‘Mother and Child,’ stained glass windows (Rock Creek Church, Washington); 10 stained glass windows for St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Newark, N.J.; decorative panels in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York; and mural paintings in the Essex County Court House, Newark, N.J., the Lucerne County Court House, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (1908), the Federal Building, Cleveland, and St. Paul’s Church, Albany, N.Y. (1910); In 1914 he was engaged on mural paintings for the rotunda of the New York State Educational Building and for the Legislative Library in the Capitol at Albany. His best known illustrations are those for Keats’ Lamia and Odes and Sonnets. He is author of ‘A Chronicle of Friendships’, 1873-1900 (New York, 1908), a book of reminiscences, and many magazine articles on artistic subjects.”

Writing to the Stevenson Society of this design, Mr. Low has this to say: “You will see that I have been somewhat inspired in my design by that charming book, ‘The Penny Piper of Saranac,’ although it really goes further back than that, for I made it up of elements from my drawings for Keats’ ‘Louisa,’ which was dedicated to R.L.S. in 1885. The piping figure I then used for the colophon of the book and the escutcheon with Stevenson’s monogram formed part of the dedicatory drawing. I have thus, pardonably, I trust, sought to interweave my own personality with the design, and the background of Adirondack woods localizes it sufficiently. Will H. Low."
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William Cameron Menzies , Bookplate Designer


Note from Lew: The Film critic Jimmy Starr liked the Valentino
bookplate by Menzies and had it altered for his own use.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cameron_Menzies
"Menzies joined Famous Players-Lasky, later to evolve into Paramount Pictures, working in special effects and design. He quickly established himself in Hollywood with his elaborate settings[citation needed] for The Thief of Bagdad (1924), The Bat (1926), The Dove (1927), Sadie Thompson (1928), and Tempest (1928). In 1929, Menzies formed a partnership with producer Joseph M. Schenck to create a series of early sound short films visualizing great works of music, including a 10-minute version of Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and created the production design and special effects for Schenck's feature film The Lottery Bride (1930).
Menzies's work on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) was what prompted David O. Selznick to hire him for Gone with the Wind (1939). Selznick's faith in Menzies was so great that he sent a memorandum to everyone at Selznick International Pictures who was involved in the production reminding them that "Menzies is the final word" on everything related to Technicolor, scenic design, set decoration, and the overall look of the production.
"Production designer" (which is sometimes used interchangeably with "art director") was coined specifically for Menzies, to refer to his being the final word on the overall look of the production; it was intended to describe his ability to translate Selznick's ideas to drawings and paintings from which he and his fellow directors worked.[citation needed]
Menzies was the director of the burning of Atlanta sequence in Gone with the Wind. He also re-shot the Salvador Dalí dream sequence of Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945).

In addition, Menzies directed a string of dramas and fantasy films. He made two sci-fi films: the 1936 film Things to Come, based on H.G. Wells' work that predicted war, the search for peace and technical advancement; and Invaders from Mars (1953), which mirrored many fears about aliens and outside threats to humans in the 1950s. "
I recently purchased William Cameron Menzies The Shape of Films to Come by James Curtis and I look forward to reading it.
 Bookplate by Mr. Menzies for the producer John W, Considine  Jr.
John W.Considine Jr,
Mr,  Menzies' Daughter Suzie
Mr. Menzie's Cipher
I want to thank  Edward Sotto III who sent me information about Mr,Menzies,
This is how a checklist begins, If you know of any other bookplates Mr. Menzies designed 
please send information or a scan. Thanks,
Lew Jaffe      Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Happy New Year

My last posting was in July of 2018 and I have finally returned.

Let's start with  some good news. If all goes according to plan I will have a bookplate book published this  fall. Details are sketchy but papers have been signed and money will soon be forthcoming.
My publisher  is The Princeton Architectural Press . Updates  will be posted  as the book progresses.
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            Musings of a Jewish Bookseller by       By I. Mizrahi




          Mizrahi Book Store

             3114 Quentin Rd
             Brooklyn NY 11234
             347-492-6508   
          antique, used, rare &
             out of print Jewish Books
            http://judaicaused.com/

An apparently healthy customer ended a general email with book requests with the following curt and morbid request: I have many boxes of Judaica ... Can my children just ship them to you when I die?


A fellow who got irritated at hearing a noted speaker wrongly date R. Eliyahu Hacohen (1640-1729) as a 19th century author, had me ship a 17th century copy of his book Shevet Mussar to the speaker's home, in order to prove a point

A six foot tall visiting customer, had me promise that there were no mice in the store basement before he headed in to the shop, explaining that he had an intense fear of mice

Completing an order of books that she was gifting to her husband, the woman remarked, "that should get him off my back for a few weeks"

After viewing a fine library of a Rabbi and scholar, the son of the deceased Rabbi remarked to me, "my father was a nice fellow, but unfortunately a Kofer (heretic)"

An elderly customer was too weak to make his weekly visit to the store, so he hailed a cab and had me bring out ten books at a time to the car. He made his selections, which I mailed to his home


After a customer completed a large purchase, I received a plea from a friend of his that I should not sell him any more books, as his family was nearly starving for food, and the book addict can't control his impulses


Looking for a listening ear, an old customer called to tell him that his wife has kicked him out of his house and is holding his collection of 10,000 books hostage
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BOOK HOARDERS

Follow this link about ten famous book hoarders
https://lithub.com/10-famous-book-hoarders/

It is nice to be back. See you again next week

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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Shadow Show #1

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The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair And Fine Press Book Fair - The Shadow Show!

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

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Bookplate Odds and Ends

THE CLOCK IS TICKING-Don't Procrastinate

 I find it hard to believe that 2018 will be the start of my eleventh year as a blogger.
 To celebrate the occasion a new contest has begun.

The rules are simple.

Submit a caption for the S.O.S. bookplate.
Only one entry per person

All entries must be received in 2017

The  winner will receive a limited edition , hardbound professionally published book with all my 2017 blog postings

Send your entries to
Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
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Jeffrey Price sent me this framed bookplate of the notable science fiction writer 
Harlan Ellison       -Very Impressive
Artists' Market Inc.
163 Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06851 USA
203.846.2550

jp@artistsmarket.com

,

Dear Lew.
I hope you are having a happy holiday season.


I received a neat volume about this artist. I thought this plate in particular was fun and that I might share a photo.
Ben



A New Bookplate by Andy English

Dear Lew,

Thank you so much for letting me know! It’s my honor to share this bookplate on your blog. 
This bookplate is a fairy theme bookplate, its size is 90mm in height by 60mm in width. The content is a man on the grassland, looking up at the flying island Laputa. Laputa was adapted from the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. The bottom of the island is flat from Swift's original book, but I think it is too drab, so I advised Andy to design a huge propeller instead of the flat bottom. The Laputa's buildings were adapted from Russian's traditional Church buildings which I like it very much.
There is a lovely classic pooh beside the man who is looking at the Laputa, and a reindeer on the right side, because in the concept of role design, the man is my avatar. I like Children's illustrated books very much, both E.H. Shepard's pooh and the reindeer in the "Snow Queen" from Edmund Dulac's Andersen Fairy are my favorites. I also placed a fairy blowing the wind in the sky and a windmill on the right of the grassland so as to make the content  richer.

Kind regards,


ShunXiang

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Mystery Bookplates

Mystery Bookplates

Hi,
I was hoping that I could trouble you for some advice. I recently discovered a large bookplate collection in our library, which was gifted around 1950. It was the personal collection of William Edgar Fisher. I am hoping to get a rough idea of the value of the collection, as well as find out a little more about the collection. The collection contains bout 400 of fishers plates (many signed proofs), 130 of other artists,as well as other paraphernalia.

That said, could you direct me towards someone that could help me find the value, and tell me a little about the work so I can set up an exhibit? I, obviously, do not mind doing most of the work, just need to be pointed in the right direction. One thing that is rather problematic for me is identifying people by initials, a problem I saw others having on your recent blog post. Some of these people are: CB, LBM, GRH, HP, HE, W, WHA, ROM, ACR, WKB, WJJ, and what looks like a stylized JC, and EF.  Any advice you could offer me would be highly appreciated.  
Thank you, 

I didn't want to overload you with to many images but here are a few I have questions about.
1- Bi Lauda- What is this? "Artistic Bookplates" 1901 says "a secret society in Wellsville Ny". Nobody in Wellsville has ever heard of it (county/town historians, Historic societies etc). Also, I have seen this reprinted many times in black and white, is the color version uncommon?
Note from Lew- The color version is not uncommon


Emmett Kirsch
Special Collections Curator
David A. Howe Public Library
585-593-3410
www.davidahowelibrary.org

Note From Lew-- 12/23 /2017-
 Here is a checklist of William Edgar Fisher bookplates  from  the 1945/46  Yearbook of The American Society of Bookplate designers and Collectors




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Hi Lew,

 I just love what you turn up and your research on the plates.

I posted on Facebook awhile back a picture of a plate that I could not get to first base on… maybe your readers could help?


Can anyone help with this name? What script/language? The bookplate is in a 1932 edition of this French text. I know the text in the bookplate banner is French renaissance poet Clement Marot's motto which translates as ' Death, dull are thy fangs (Death, where is thy sting?)' 
I look forward to your response.
Grant

If you have any information about these bookplates please
send it to

Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

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 I wonder if anybody reading your blog  can identify this bookplate
(On the other hand there must be somebody somewhere...)


Regards

Michael

TWO George  Meade MYSTERIES IN MY OWN COLLECTION

I have had this signature on laid paper for several years
 General George Meade's signature   usually contains his middle initial initial G
(see photo below) In addition,  General Meade's son was also named George and there are  other  people named George Meade who lived in Philadelphia.
I am inclined to think the signature was not written by the general.


"George Gordon Meade (December 31, 1815 – November 6, 1872) was a career United States Army officer and civil engineer best known for defeating Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. He previously fought with distinction in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican–American War. During the Civil War, he served as a Union general, rising from command of a brigade to command of the Army of the Potomac. Earlier in his career, he was an engineer and was involved in the coastal construction of several lighthouses."


I recently purchased a George Meade bookplate originally engraved by Dreka in Philadelphia.
" Dreka Phila". is below the crest but it is very faint and not picked up in the scan.
None of my reference books shed any light on this bookplate. If you dig deep enough on Google you will find one or two auctions which included the Meade bookplate (see the link below).
Ihttp://www.icollector.com/Bookplate-Collection_i25912656

Subsequent sales of the Meade bookplate use these auctions to verify authenticity..
The bookplate is very questionable and I have my doubts about it.
I will do more research and keep you updated.






Hi Lew,


I hope you are well.

I also am not having much luck with the attached interesting plate for Dr. Procházka - any ideas?

I found a couple cheap books with two of William Beebes plates (one with normal bird, one with flying dinosaur) that you mentioned on your site previously. Do you know the artist that made them?

Kind regards,

Ben
Here is another interesting bookplate. I wonder if you recognize it.

I found a few gorgon plates with the same R.B. name and motto (and also a turtle) in the John Starr Stewart Ex Libris Collection at University of Illinois
But they don't appear to have owner or artist listed (I tried asking the curator but haven't had a reply yet)


There is writing on the back of mine that I attached but I can't make any of it out.

Ben
Update Below Sent By Ben 
Hi Ben, 

I've taken a look at the R.B. bookplates and believe that I have found some information that you might find useful. 
On the back of each bookplate a small note is glued in that reads: Buonaccorsi Roberto, Taranto (Italie).

I've attached a picture of the note, and would be happy to help with any further questions.

Best,
Kathryn Funderburg
Rare Books and Manuscript Library GA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign