Sunday, November 12, 2017

This Week in Bookplates 11/12/2017

 Mystery Bookplates

I have received several  inquiries  about bookplates I do not recognize.
If you have information about any of these bookplates please share it with us.
Send your responses to
 Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com


Lew,

I recently purchased this set as American bindings.
 Are you familiar with this book plate, which appears in all 3 volumes?
The set belonged to Alexander Barret, who was a wealthy tobacco merchant..
Did he use any other bookplates ?

Regards, Steve


Hi Lew,

I hope all is well with you!

Thank you for your kind responses to my previous emails. Might I lean on your bookplate expertise again? Do you have any suggestions on identifying the RGS associated with this bookplate? Thanks for any tips you might suggest!

Sincerely,

Gina

Note From Lew
I have been experimenting with Google's image search, in which you match your bookplate  image against  thousands of Google images. It is somewhat like facial  recognition software.  
I tried it with Gina's bookplate and was unsuccessful. You might wish to experiment with your own mystery bookplates.
Let me know if  it works for you.
https://www.google.com/intl/es419/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html


Two Mystery Bookplates in my own collection.




The diameter of this small circular bookplate is two CM   ( 0.7874016  in.)
It was part of a European collection I purchased several months ago.
At first I thought it might be a letterhead crest but it has glue on the verso.
I suspect it might be a royal plate ,

11/17/2017 Thank you Bill, for your help.

Dear Lew,
  I have checked the new edition of Khudolei, and it is not there; Bogomolov is more difficult to verify, but it does not appear there under the initials, if they are in fact Cyrillic. They could be, and would transliterate as "V.S.".  





Does anyone out there recognize this Judaica plate ?

!2/13/2017 Thank you Michael for your help.

Dear Lew,
your last fine blog shows an unidentified circular bookplate, crayon lithography, showing the Hebraising Latin letter initials "BL".
This bookplate was made for Bob Luza, a physician and book collector in Amsterdam  (1893-1980).
Luza had a wide interest, i.e. emblem books, incunabula, travel, and topography, says bookseller
A.L. van Gendt, who offered examples of Luza' famous book collection.
The library of Bob Luza was sold in an auction on December 15th-16th, 1981.
Unfortunately I do not know anything about the artist.
Regards
Michael Kunze,
Dortmund, Germany

Annie E, French

Several weeks ago I wrote about this Annie E.French plate and requested images of other plates  she made.


This message was recently sent to me .

Dear Sir,

I came upon your website earlier today and saw you had purchased a bookplate by Annie French and were interested if there were any others. It so happens that Annie French designed a bookplate for my grandfather, Ion Smeaton Munro. He fought in the First World War and then was a writer and journalist. He died in 1971 and, sadly I don’t remember him. I think they were friends as we also have a couple of pictures beautifully painted by her.

The plate is beautiful I think. The crest bottom left is the Munro family crest, which includes the words ‘Dread God’ that can just be seen.

Best wishes,
Fiona Phillipson


Here are some original Annie E. French drawings from the  the Phillipson collection.

See you next week,
Lew


Sunday, November 05, 2017

The Devil Made Me Do It

 Some of you may remember the American comedian Flip Wilson whose tag line was
The Devil Made Me  Do It.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SLifea3NHQ




I though about him when I started writing 
this blog posting about Devils and Satyrs. 

My first satyr bookplate was sent  by Jacques Vallee in 2001
"Jacques Fabrice Vallée (French: [vale]; born September 24, 1939) is a computer scientist, author, ufologist and former astronomer currently residing in San FranciscoCalifornia.
In mainstream science, Vallée co-developed the first computerized mapping of Mars for NASA and worked at SRI International on the network information center for the ARPANET, a precursor to the modern Internet. Vallée is also an important figure in the study of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), first noted for a defense of the scientific legitimacy of the extraterrestrial hypothesis and later for promoting the interdimensional hypothesis".
Mr. Vallee  wrote  that his bookplate was designed around  an illustration from The Circus of Dr. Lao
He thought it was appropriate for a library of the paranormal, the innocent girl representing science 
and the satyr .the forces of nature.
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Note sent by Samuel Chambliss 111
S. Pritikin - Several bookplates in my collection were designed by S. Pritikin including the one illustrated.below.
 All were for men of the cloth.
 Don't do a Google search for more information unless you are  interested in weight loss




The bookplate shown above is a serigraph done in 1991 by Hara Yoshiaki

This Rev. Peterson bookplate was designed by Bessie  Pease Gutmann

The Jane F. Peters plate was designed by Charles Henry Carter

If you have any devil bookplates you would like added to this
blog posting send a scan to 
Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

Some Ephemeral Devil Items







Sunday, October 22, 2017

Odds and Ends

 Occasionally I examine  the page views for this blog by   country .
This is an analysis of the last thirty days.Surprisingly the U.K. is much lower than usual and I have no idea why the French readership has dramatically increased.
China is not shown because of its pissing contest with Google.

EntryPageviews
United States
3313
France
1274
Spain
403
United Kingdom
398
Russia
367
United Arab Emirates
305
Portugal
189
Brazil
162
Netherlands
147
Germany
135

From the why  did I  buy this bookplate collection

I spotted this bookplate in  Indiana Bookplates by Esther Griffin White.
It is also mentioned here.
http://pastispresent.org/2016/fun-in-the-archive/boo-bookplates/

"The railroad executive, doctor, and book collector Frank
 Graef Darlington of Indianapolis, ordered a bookplate design from Frank
 S. Bowers, the famous cartoonist for the
Indianapolis News. Bowers crammed in references to all of 
Darlington’s passions (engineering, mining, MIT) and surrounded a 
leering skeleton with a python border. Darlington struggled with health 
issues most of his adult life (suffering a debilitating
 stroke at age thirty-seven) and apparently had a wry sense of his own 
mortality. A fellow bibliophile commented that this particular bookplate
 was appropriate for Darlington as it held a “hideous and inexplicable 
fascination."

Email  from blog readers

Fellow Collector  Ben  Zeckel sent this email

Hi Lew,

I wonder if you might have any ideas on how to approach researching the identity of the plate attached - ex libris et musicis Dr. Norbert Rossa by Ludwig Hesshaimer 1933

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Ben
Note From Lew
Here is some information about the artist.

http://www.malariastamps.com/exhibits/exhibits_images/Spille_Ludwig/Ludwig08-08.pdf

Can anyone out there identify Dr. Norbert Rossa ?
Please send your responses to
Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com 
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Paul Cymrot a bookseller in Washington D.C. and Fredericksburg,Va, sent
the following emails
http://www.riverbybooks.com/
Good morning, 
I have stumbled onto your fascinating blog this morning while researching an early and interesting bookplate. I wonder if you might be able to help me learn a little bit more about it. 

It’s small and plain, about 2” x 2.5”, with decorative border, name and address.

The address is 266 Arch St, Philadelphia, which of course is an important central location, & just around the corner from Franklin’s print shop.

The book is in a copy of Jefferson’s Notes (London 1787) bound with the 1800 (Philadelphia-printed) appendix, printed by another Philadelphia printed, Samuel H. Smith.
Before long he sent additional information about Mr.Priestman   Priestman was an English merchant and resident of Baltimore. He is best remembered for amassing a remarkable library and for running afoul of the early US import regulations, resulting in a Supreme Court ruling (against him) and eventual pardon from President Thomas Jefferson.
In 1798 Priestman imported 219 watches from England, paid import tax in Baltimore, and then transported the watches the Philadelphia. Upon arriving in Philadelphia, he failed to report the watches to Philadelphia customs officials. Instead, he set up a stall to sell them -- right next door to the Custom House. Customs inspector Sharp Delany promptly seized them. Priestman sued for their return, but Pennsylvania courts and eventually the Supreme Court both ruled against him. Priestman continued to fight for the return of his watches, “Two hundred and three silver watches, three gold ditto, two enamelled ditto, two hunting ditto, and seven pinchback ditto…” (from Jan 22, 1798 report written by Sharp Delany, in American State Papers, volume 9) through the final years of the Adams administration. In so doing, he contributed money to Thomas Jefferson’s Republicans -- and in 1801, the same year Jefferson assumed the presidency -- Customs inspector Sharp Delany was fired, Priestman was pardoned, and Jefferson ordered the watches returned to him.
According to contemporary assessments, the watches were worth $3,385, which was a fortune at the time.
Priestman’s address (on the bookplate) is 266 Arch Street. The house still stands (there is a Starbucks there). It is at the corner of Arch and N. 3rd Street, directly across the street from Betsy Ross’s house & just around the corner from Benjamin Franklin’s house & printing press. 4.5 blocks to Independence Hall. It is a remarkably prominent location & its proximity to Franklin’s Press raises the question of whether the bookplate might have been printed there. Despite proximity to Franklin’s shop, it’s also worth noting that the Appendix was printed by Samuel H. Smith, another Philadelphia printer & particular friend of Thomas Jefferson. Since it was Smith who published the Appendix & likely bound the two together, it seems more likely that it was Smith who made the bookplate. I have not yet been able to find matching examples of either Smith or Franklin bookplates.
Other Priestman bookplates (mentioned in online listings) give his address at Market and 9th St, about 6 blocks from the Arch St address.
When the Federal Government moved from Philadelphia to Washington in 1800, Jefferson urged Smith to move with it & to set up a print shop in the new City. Smith agreed, and established one of Washington’s first newspapers, “The National Intelligencer.” Smith went on to publish Jefferson’s Parliamentary Manual in 1801. Then in 1813 he was appointed Commissioner of the Revenue and in 1814, briefly, the Secretary of the Treasury (under Madison).
Priestman died in 1830 and is buried at Christ Church in Philadelphia.
Priestman appears to have put together quite an impressive library - many of them are catalogued and identified in the collection of the American Philosophical Library, which bought a number of maps from Priestman in a famous 1831 sale. The correct Jefferson map is not mentioned among them.

Note from Lew

Thank you Paul -

I hope to visit your shop on my next trip to Washington

10/23/2017 I received this comment from Carmen Valentino
Lew,
If Priestman died in 1830, then the 266 Arch St. address was elsewhere because I believe the street nubers in the city were changed at some point AFTER 1830. !!
Cheers,
Carmen D. V.

I recently purchased this bookplate by Annie French.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_French

This is the only one I currently have in my own collection
 I would be most interested in obtaining anyother bookplates
she designed.
Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com




Monday, October 09, 2017

An Interview with Daniel Mitsui

This is  an email interview I recently had  with Daniel Mitsui.

My questions are highlighted in blue and his responses are in black.


Daniel Mitsui

In ten years you have become the most prolific living American bookplate designer.

How many bookplates have you completed and how many are you currently working on ?

I do not keep perfect records of the things I draw, so I do not know exactly how many bookplates I have designed. Probably eighty or ninety.

Bookplate commissions are not steady; some years I only draw a couple, and in other years I draw a dozen. I suppose this is because I do not actively seek out bookplate commissions, but let inquiries about them come to me. This means that most of the commissions I undertake are from people who are really enthusiastic about the bookplate and have a distinct idea about what they want on it, which is helpful.

At the moment, I have two bookplate commissions secured, and I am discussing four others that I expect will be secured soon. There is a real thematic variety in these - one is to be in a medieval Irish style, one to make visual references to old movies (Cleopatra and The Seventh Seal), one to take its inspiration from M.C. Escher and the Borges short story The Library of Babel. None of the bookplates are in the drawing stage yet, but I will probably put pen to paper for at least one in the coming week. 

Of all those bookplates which was the most challenging ?

It would be easier for me to say which are the least challenging.

Ornament has always been one of my artistic strengths; millefleur patterns, Celtic knots and fanciful lettering are the sort of things that I draw well without much effort. Some of the bookplates that I have drawn featuring these are, I think, among my most impressive - but they were not especially challenging. When not drawing bookplates, my specialty is medieval religious art, so the many bookplates that I have drawn featuring patron saints or heraldry were not especially difficult to realize either. Neither were those that take inspiration from biological illustration, as this is a minor specialty of mine.

I suppose the most difficult bookplates for me to draw are those that require me to adopt a style or subject totally different from what I normally draw. One reason I like bookplate commissions so much is that they require me, on occasion, to stretch myself creatively. For example, the John T. Barfield bookplate. This is not especially complicated in its design, but the patron wanted a Classical ornamental style and a landscape with a recognizable tree and house. These are the sort of things that I almost never draw.

The Kathy Tapia bookplate required me to draw a scene with dramatic foreshortening, totally unlike the perspectival space of medieval art. My wife posed for that one, on top of a stack of our own books. If you look closely, you can make out The Origin of the Serif and The Second Book of Negro Spirituals. I think the big open one is Dryden's translation of The Aeneid.

The Leonora Janisheski bookplate might also be the answer to your question, because the subjects are so outlandish to me: the Rietveld Schröder house (a famous work of Bauhaus architecture), Valeska Gert (an avant-garde dancer) and lemurs. When otherwise would I draw something like this?  Somehow, I was able to fit some medieval lettering and millefleur into it.

Of all those bookplates do you have one that you are particularly proud of ?

I think that the Renata Rua bookplate turned out very well; this depicts an Irish saint, Gobnait, in a style that is like that of early medieval manuscripts, but with some subtle influences from Utagawa Kuniyoshi and sangaku tablets. Medieval art was always accepting of international influences, so I think that this sort of approach is in its right spirit, even though the monks at Kells obviously knew nothing of Japanese culture!

I am very fond of the bookplate I drew for the maritime library of the Acania, which depicts the ship surrounded by a border of seashells and aquatic invertebrates. It's simple but very balanced. I'm not sure what exactly I did right there.

Andrew Lohrum's is a personal favorite, because of its especially clever choice of subject. I cannot take credit for that; the patron told me exactly what he wanted. It depicts an episode from the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He founded a religious order whose members are committed to complete poverty; they beg for sustenance, and cannot own personal property. Here, a novice has asked him permission to own a breviary, which is a book of daily prayers that all priests and monks and mendicants recite. St. Francis responds by rubbing ashes on his head, saying I am a breviary! I am a breviary! to demonstrate the vanity of wanting to own books.


You have created   ephemeral items like calling cards, greeting cards a
label for a musical instrument etc.

Can you put together a complete list with as many scans as possible?



I've never kept anything like a complete list for small miscellaneous projects like these, but here are some of the examples I found:

Bookmarks - John and June Mellman, Bloody Candlestick Mystery Bookshop

Business cards - Bloody Candlestick Mystery Bookshop (2), Bruno Cicconi, Donald Lambert, Stephanie Sheffield


Calling cards - Nicole Cuadra

Invitations - Clerical Tonsure, Pace Wedding



Luthier label - Miles Mibeck

Coats of arms - Bishop Joseph Perry, Shane Pliska

Note From Lew

If you would like to see more of Daniel Mitsui's artwork here is a link to his website

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.




Lew
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       neighborhoodbooks215@gmail.com.


Thanks for doing this for us! - Curtis

Support The Bookplate Society

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


http://www.bookplatesociety.org/



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:  members@bookplatesociety.org

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

www.faenwyl.com

Here are some Brooklyn bookplates  from my collection.


Kurt Zimmerman recently mentioned Dr Purple in his book collecting blog 
http://www.bookcollectinghistory.com/search?q=dr+purple


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
.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34900073@N07/sets/72157613160345964/

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 Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com and I will add them to my next blog posting.