Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Bookplates of Willy Pogany

Fellow collector Yu Xingang sent me three  bookplates images by Willy Pogany and wondered if I knew anything about him. Although I have several bookplates he designed I really did know anything about the artist . I have begun a checklist of his bookplates. If you have any not shown in this blog posting please  send a scan to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com and your images will be added to the checklist.
"William Andrew ("Willy") Pogany (born Vilmos Andreas Pogány) (August 1882 – 30 July 1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children's books and others.  .] He is best known for his pen and ink drawings of myths and fables.] A large portion of Pogany's work is described as Art Nouveau. Pogany's artistic style is heavily fairy-tale orientated and often feature motifs of mythical animals such as nymphs and pixies."


The reason not much has been written about his bookplates is that he  was primarily  involved with book and magazine illustration and movie set design. Most of his bookplates were universal and were distributed by The Castle Co.Ltd.The only custom designed bookplate shown below was done for Anna May Wong

 Fania Marinoff was a Russian-born American actress.Wikipedia
BornMarch 20, 1890, Odessa, Ukraine
DiedNovember 17, 1971, Englewood, NJ
SpouseAnatole France (m. 1914–1964)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

March Events

This newsletter was written by John Renjilian.

John Renjilian
9 Old Hawleyville Road, Newtown, CT 06470
Phone: (203) 426-0864  
Email: jrenjilian@hotmail.com
Antiquarian History, arts, domestic science; books, manuscipts, graphics & paper

Hold on tight, it's a busy month!

First up is the winter sale at Westport Library, 20 Jessup Rd, Westport, CT 06880. Saturday, March 4, 9 am-5 pm, March 5, 1-5 pm, March 6, 9 am-5 pm (everything half-price), March 7, 9 am-noon (contribution day). Mass market paperbacks Hardcover and trade paperback fiction and mysteries, Children's books, from infants to teens, Nonfiction hardcover: cooking, gardening, home & crafts, travel, history, biography, etc., DVDs and CDs, Vinyl LPs, Test preparation books, Jigsaw puzzles. www.westportlibrary.org, 203-291-4800.

The next week begins Rare Book Week in NYC, opening with the ABAA Fair, 9-12 March, at the Park Ave Armory, 643 Park at 67th St, 10065. Opening night preview runs from 5-9, $50 includes one readmission, Friday 12-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5; $25 each day, or $40 for the run. There will be over 200 American and international dealers there, and as always they will have magnificent items, with equivalent prices. But it's certainly an education, and dealers often do bring items within the range of ordinary collectors. The list of dealers and other information is at www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com. Sanford Smith runs the show for the ABAA, info@sanfordsmith.com or 212-777-5218.

Two satellite fairs piggyback on the big show, and they are on separate days this year. Friday, 10 March will see the NYC Book and Ephemera Fair, at the Wallace Hall of St Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave at 83rd St, from 8AM to 7PM. A free shuttle service will run all day, beginning at 7.45, between Wallace Hall and the Armory. About 50 dealers as of now, $15 admission. The hall is well laid out and well lighted, and the dealers will have a wide variety in all price ranges. Don't miss this one, and bring coffee when you come, an 11 hour show should leave dealers bleary eyed! Forget the coffee, maybe that's better for negotiating! Marvin Getman's Impact Events Group runs the fair, www.bookandpaperfairs.com, mgetman@antiqueandbookshows,com, or 781-862-4039.

Opening the next day, 11 March, will be the second satellite, the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera and Fine Press Fair, at the Church of St Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Ave at 66th St, 10065, 10-5, $15 admission. This show is across the street from the back of the Armory so no shuttle will be needed. About 35 antiquarian dealers on the list, in addition to a good selection of fine presses. Again well laid out, the fine press folks are in one section and the antiquarians in the main area. An excellent selection of both merchandise and prices here as well. Flamingo Eventz runs this one, www.flamingoeventz.com or 603-509-2639.

if you make it through the weekend you have a week to prepare for Ephemera 37, 18-19 March, at the Hyatt Regency, 1800 Putnam Ave, Old Greenwich, CT 06870. 10-5 Saturday, 11-4 Sunday, $15 two day admission, $8 Sunday only. I haven't counted the dealers but it doesn't matter, the hall will be full and the goodies abounding. Not a book fair per se, there will still be many books present, and if you haven't yet discovered the pleasures of ephemera this would be a great place to start. The Ephemera Society holds their annual conference concurrently, with a full schedule of events beginning on Friday, you can check the list at www.epemerasociety.org.   Marvin Getman's Impact Events Group runs this fair also, www.bookandpaperfairs.com, mgetman@antiqueandbookshows,com, or 781-862-4039.

Finishing out the month will be Paper Town, at the newly renamed Boxborough Regency, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01709; exit28, I-495, 25 March, 9-3. Please note, this is the same building as always, if you found it once you can find it again, it has simply changed hands and been rechristened. This is a little bit of everything show, encouraging that approach and the participation of new venders by renting by the table, a much easier investment obstacle for a new dealer or for trying something new. $7 admission, you'll want to check the website closer to showtime for a list of dealers. Flamingo Eventz runs this one also, www.flamingoeventz.com or 603-509-2639.

Don't know about you, but I'm tired, can't remember the last month with every weekend filled, and this one with multiples on the big weekend, all within reach rather than spreading across the geography. 

Enjoy the beginning of spring!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

10th Anniversary Bookplate Contest

2017 marks the 10th year of my blog. In blog years that is a very long time
To celebrate the anniversary I have  begun a simple bookplate contest with a nice
prize for the winner.

The contest relates to this bookplate for Doctor Ferdinandi Pasquinelli
He was licensed in Italy in 1908
The motto at the top of his plate translates as follows:
Latin nihil sub sole novum, from the Hebrew אֵין כָּל חָדָשׁ תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ ‎(en kol chadásh táchat hashámeshthere is nothing new under the sun), from Ecclesiastes 1:9.
Click on Image to Enlarge

The contest is very simple .

 Create a caption about the image in ten words or less.
It can be serious or humorous.
Onlyone entry per person 
The entries must be received no later than Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Saturday April First
The judges are fellow collector Richard Schimmelpfeng and myself.
We reserve the right to reject entries in poor taste (Highly Unlikely)
 The winner will receive a professionally bound hard  cover inscribed book  with all my blog postings for 2016.
Send your Entries to

What is the significance of the acanthus leaves?
The symbolism and meaning associated with the Acanthus is that of enduring life, and the plant is traditionally displayed at funerary celebrations. In Christianity the thorny leaves represent pain, sin and punishment. Acanthus symbolizes immortality in Mediterranean countries.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This Week in Bookplates 2/19/2017

Fellow collector/ dealer Richard Thorner purchased the Holy Grail of presidential bookplates.
The Clinton bookplate is inscribed to Worthington White, a White House usher who worked there from 1980 to 2012.  He and Clinton shared a love for golf.

I received the following message from Mr. Don Dimock and I  asked him to send some biographical information.

I don’t know if you want home made bookplates or not.  I have always made my own.  I am sending you about all that I have left.  I drew these in the early 1980’s and printed them with a copy machine.  The one I used most by far is the one with the descending  dove.  I have a shelf of books on swimming so I made the swimming bookplate,  I usually colored it by hand.  I used the one of the book when I didn’t want a figure.  I almost never used the rest of them.  You have my permission to do anything you wish with them or just throw them away.  It is up to you.  I enjoy what you post VERY much.  

Dear Lew,
I don’t know what to say about myself.  I have had an adventurous life.  I changed careers a few times.   
Presently I am 86 years old.  I was born in a remote part of rural Hawaii in March of 1930.  I left Hawaii for the last time in 1952.  After attending college in Colorado I spent the rest of my life here in Oregon. 
I have always had an interest in books.  My present residence is full of books on a wide variety of subjects.  I also have always had an interest in art.  I used to do oils.  I changed to acrylics when they became available.  And I have always had a profound interest in photography.  In recent years I have been doing wildlife photography.  And I write.  I used to do free-lance photojournalism.  That is no longer practical.  I began writing books for a hobby years ago.  I self-published some of them.  Before computers I used to illustrate my books with line drawings.  That is what prompted me to do my bookplates that way   I still come out with a hobby book every year or two – or three.  My recent ones have all been illustrated with photography.  Digital photography makes that practical.  For the last twenty years or so all of my books have been poetry.  Yes, I write poetry.  None of my books are available now.
I used to be very active in masters’ sports such as running and swimming.  I have a lot of books on running and a shelf full of swimming books.  That is why I made the swimming bookplate.
I have not made any bookplates since the 1980’s.  I am still using the one with the descending dove that I sent to you.  If I were to make bookplates today they would almost certainly be a mix of photography and drawing.  The logo I put on the copyright page of my books began as a line drawing.  The same drawing is now in color and there are parts of it that are photographs.
I have done lots of wildlife photography in recent years.  If I were to make any bookplates today they would probably contain photos of birds and/or flowers.

Thank you for your interest.  I hope I haven’t bored you.  I wish you all the best.
Don Dimock

Notes From Lew- If you have any home made bookplates and you want them added to this blog posting send a scan to 


I have been sorting through a large collection built between 1930-1950 .It has many duplicates from England , France Germany,Italy  Spain , Russia Australia and California.I would be interested in trading or selling the duplicates.
Here are a few examples.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Bookplates with Cartoons Part Two

This week I have a few more bookplates with cartoons plus some bookplates used by notable cartoonists.
Before I get started let me mention that I will be listing a number of choice bookplates on Ebay in a week or two. If you would like me to notify you when the listings begin send me an email.

Disney characters are used on many universal bookplates.Follow this link to see additional examples:
Shown below is a bookplate which may have been used by Walt Disney.
I have read conflicting stories about the authenticity of the  bookplate .
Here is another universal bookplate

Many years ago I got the S.O.S. bookplate in the $1.00 bin  outside of Mr Allen's
bookshop in Philadelphia..I remember that the abbreviation of the owner's name was S.O.S but for some reason I did not write down his name
No matter what you collect it is easy to identify with Mr. Kennedy

Remus Harris was the grandson of Joel Chandler Harris.
Fred Hartman drew the Red Ryder Comic Strip
Last but certainly not least is Gary Trudeau..I am not sure if he uses this bookplate in his library or for book signings (or both).

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bookplates with Cartoons Part One

plural noun: cartoons
  1. 1.
    a simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way, especially a satirical one in a newspaper or magazine.

  2. I've selected a number of cartoonish bookplates and several done by cartoonists.
  3. Very few (if any) are humorous. Many of them seem to reflect a style of drawing popularized in the 1920s and 1930s

This is the earliest cartoonish American bookplate I have found.It was designed by Henry L. Stephens around 1840

Click on Image to Enlarge

Note From Lew
If you have any cartoon bookplates please send  scans to   Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com  and I wiil try to include them in part two , next week..
I received the following note from fellow bookplate collector Debra Walker .
Hi Lew,
I am enclosing a scan of Walter J Wait (I believe the middle initial is a “J”)  by the cartoonist A D Condo. 

Note the poke at Roycroft.  I wonder why. 

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Assembling a Norman Kent Check List

My next blog project is a Norman Kent Checklist.
This is my starting point. The checklist which appeared  in the
1945-1946 YearBook of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers .I need scans of the following #1, #2, #8, #11, #12,#14,#22
plus all bookplate done after 1946. Your help would be appreciated.
Lew Jaffe       Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

Bookplates  and Ephemera for Possible Exchange

A  4 by 7 inch new years card by Ismael Smith
Finely engraved map bookplate by Roy Cooney for Cdr. A.T.
Welch R.N.
Bookplate by T.B.Hapgood Jr.
By Amy Sackler
By Margaret Overbeck 

It's hard to believe I am starting my tenth year as a blogger.
Here is a nine year  snapshot of pages viewed by country.
The Chinese viewers are under reported. I suspect some Chinese bookplate collectors  somehow are able to bypass the government censors and my blog is passed around from collector to collector.
United States
United Kingdom
South Korea

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The World of Bookplates at The Grolier Club

The Grolier Club cordially invites you to

"The World of Bookplates”
-- A Mini-Symposium Occasioned by the Exhibition “Grolier Club Bookplates Past & Present”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
5- 7:30 pm

47 East 60th Street
New York, NY

Free and open to the public


Alexander L. Ames, PhD candidate in History, University of Delaware, curator of “The Art of Ownership: Bookplates and Book Collectors from 1480 to the Present" at the Rosenbach of the Free Library and co-curator of “Grolier Club Bookplates Past & Present”

Molly Dotson, Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Robert B. Haas Family Library, Yale University, and Curator of the Yale Bookplate Collection

William Butler, John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University, bookplate collector, founding editor of The Bookplate Journal and author of The Golden Era of American Bookplate Design (1986) and Modern English Bookplates (1990), both in co-authorship with Darlene J. Butler

Reception follows

.Mark Samuels Lasner
Senior Research Fellow
University of Delaware Library
181 South College A

Photographs from the exhibit provided by fellow collector Michael Anthony Middleton

Click on image above to enlarge

    For rare book lovers:  provided by fellow collector David Lowden
·       encyclopedic website devoted to the work of Arts & Crafts book publisher Thomas Bird Mosher, recently rebooted by Phil Bishop (Mr. Mosher to some of us!) - www.ThomasBirdMosher.net
·       All about the Encyclopedia Britannica 11th edition (1910) - http://www.wsj.com/articles/wisdom-on-the-installment-plan-1466191897

Mystery Bookplates

 Does anyone out there recognize these bookplates?
The artist's monogram on both is HC