Sunday, July 24, 2016

Signed Bookplates

In general, bookplates used for book signings are not of interest to me.
In my collection I have made ta few exceptions..
Walter B. Gibson
The following expression will be familiar to many of you especially if you grew up in America between 1940 to 1960

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

That's right -The Shadow knows. The Shadow is a fictional character created by Walter B. Gibson, one of the most famous of the pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s. Born Kent Allard he assumed various identities for his crime fighting work, most notably that of Lamont Cranston.

Mr.Gibson was also very involved with magic and his book signing exlibris

reflects his interest
Al Jaffee

The blog has a mind of its own .It was not my intention to stop here..
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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Pins , Zebras and Dodo Birds

Below, a Badger is hiding among a herd of zebra. Can you spot it?

This was sent  by the B.B.C.and it took me about a week to solve .
 Have fun with it.
I have two bookplates with Zebras in my collection.
Color Woodcut by Julius Nitsche
Etched By Horatio Nelson Poole
Dr. Guion Was a remarkable woman who rose to the top of her chosen profession at a time when women were treated like second class citizens in the field of medicine .

"THE big estate on the Catawba also furnished a definitely directed motive to the small Connie. From this plantation her grandfather and five of his eleven brothers had gone off to medical school in Lexington, Kentucky. They subsequently practiced medicine formally while their mother practiced it informally, but almost as extensively, when she covered the plantation on horseback ministering to sick slaves. Family stories of these earlier generations planted in the child the notion of becoming a doctor. And there was an added embellishment: a visual picture of Dr. C. Guion calling on her patients in a carriage drawn by a pair of zebras, harnessed tandem fashion. (This stemmed from a banner day in her eighth year when an animal-loving little girl headed a circus parade on an actual zebra.) "
(The paragraph shown above was extracted from this site  )
Henry Anderson Bryden was an English solicitor, athlete , sportsman and author.,
He was a keen hunter and naturalist and travelled widely.

Submitted by Anthony Pincott

                Bookplate used by a Pin Collector
Tom Boss sent this image of a bookplate used by Henry M. Brooks.
and designed by Edward S. Morse.
Before staples and paper clips were invented old papers and documents were held together with pins.Mr. Brooks had a world class collection with specimens going back to the 17th century.

 Bookplate used by a DoDo Bird Collector
 The information shown below appeared in the March 1988
 Bookplate Society Newsletter
and was sent by fellow collector Anthony Pincott
If you have any bookplates in your collection depicting a Zebra or a bookplate owner's unusual hobby please send a jpeg image and it will be added to this posting.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

July 4th 2016 Bookplates and Ephemera

On Monday we celebrate our independence .I was trying to find some July 4th bookplates with little success .These late 19th and early 20th century postcards seemed appropriate for starters .

Fireworks are an integral part of July 4th celebratios so I am adding a link from The Lotus Fireworks Company which has a museum of fireworks

The eleven signers of The Declaration of Independence
 who used bookplates.

John Adams

Charles Carroll

Samuel Chase

Thomas Hayward 
Image from
The Boss collection

William Hooper    
Image from Tom Boss

Francis Hopkinson

Benjamin Rush

Richard Stockton  
Image from Tom Boss

George Taylor   
This plate was copied from an illustration in  The Loan Exhibition of Colonial Bookplates  organized by The Society of Colonial Dames State of New York in 1908. It is the date (1782) which puzzles me as Mr. Taylor died in 1781

Oliver Wolcott   
 I believe this bookplate was used by Oliver Wolcott.
 He and his  son (Oliver Wolcott Jr.) used the same plate which had a blank name tablet
 Signature enlarged directly from bookplate with an example of the signers signature below .

George Wythe

If you have any other images of bookplates used by signers  please send me a scan so it can be added to this posting.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Judaica Bookplates for Possible Exchange

From time to time I post duplicates for possible exchange.It is a good way to add items to my collection and meet new collectors.
 I also have duplicates in the following categories :
18th century American
Notable people
Theatrical and Cinema
I can send scans by category to anyone who contacts me.

 Just added a duplicate of Erich Cohn's bookplate by Hermann Struck along with one used by congressman Emanuel Celler
Erich Cohn No longer available
The Emanuel Celler Bookplate is no longer available

                                                                  Marcus Adler No Longer available
Hebrew College Brookline No longer Available
                Joseph Klein No Longer available--
                                                     -Heinrich Loewe no longer available

Note: one side of the David Wolffsohn bookplate is closely trimmed

The Lilien Plate is no longer available

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Opposite of a Perfect Storm

Perfect Storm-"a detrimental or calamitous situation or event arising from the powerful combined 
effect of unique set of circumstances"

I contact many booksellers each week with a simple repetitive message.
I am a bookplate collector.Do you have an accumulation of loose bookplates for sale ?
More often than not the answer is no but I do have many bookplates in books. 
What are you looking for ?
I collect American bookplates . Can you scan any that you think are unique in books under $25.00

That resulted in my purchase of this bookplate:

" Very attractive illustrated huntsman's bookplate(with flying wild turkey framed in trees with rod and gun) on half-title page on which is printed In Memory of Austin Haight and Charles Haight. (Austin Haight wrote a well-regarded memoir, The Biography of a Sportsman.). Signed by the author on a card affixed to the front end paper. Overall a very good copy without dust jacket"
Several more scans were sent which did not appeal to me or I already had the plate.

 I then received this scan  and I purchased the plate.
I knew I had seen this plate somewhere so I wrote to Anthony Pincott and swiftly received this response:

"A copy in the Wright collection (disposed of through the Society) carried the note that the name Perceval M Fraser was written on the flyleaf of the book from which it came."
This was my final selection:
This is a scarce Rockwell Kent Bookplate.

It is illustrated (in red) on page 38 in Later Bookplates and Marks of Rockwell Kent

So there you have it I experienced the opposite of a perfect storm which as it turns out is called a Virtuous Circle

"The terms virtuous circle and vicious circle(also referred to as virtuous cycle and vicious cycle) refer to complex chains of events which reinforce themselves through a feedback loop.
 A virtuous circle has favorable results, while a vicious circle has detrimental results"
By the way,if you have unearthed wonderful bookplates lately send me some scans and a few words about the bookplate so I can add the information to this blog posting.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Bookplate Odds and Ends 6/5/2016

Congratulations to fellow collector Jerry Petterson for having unearthed a very rare Anglo-American bookplate.

Here is what he wrote to me.

"I found a bookplate that is very interesting and unlisted in Allen,Eno, or the American society of bookplates 1959/1960.of a Gabriel Johnston, his nephew was Samuel Johnston, the American patriot.
Gabriel Johnston was Governor of North Carolina 1734/1749? I could only find his biography, it was engraved by an English engraver Andrew Johnston, 1724/1750 "

I sent the information to fellow collector Anthony Pincott and he sent me the following additional information :

Dear Lew

As you say, this is undoubtedly a rare bookplate. It was known to John Henderson Smith, so I assume there may be a print in his collection at the National Library of Scotland. In his copy of Fincham it is one of six extra plates added to Fincham’s tally of eight bookplates by Andrew Johnston. As the second Royal Governor, being appointed in 1733 to succeed Governor George Burrington, he first arrived in North Carolina in November 1734. The bookplate was probably ordered from LOondon a few years later. It bears a crescent for cadency, so maybe Samuel (mentioned in Gabriel’s will, as is their sister Elizabeth Smear of Fife) was his elder brother (although I suppose there could have been other brothers). Samuel and Helen (née Scrymoure) were in Dundee at the time of the birth of their son Samuel Johnston (1733-1816, American revolutionary leader) but emigrated to North Carolina, probably at about the same time as Gabriel.

There is a conflict of information between the Dictionary of American Biography, which indicates he did not take a degree, and the online article 

which states: “In 1717 he entered the University of St. Andrews as a divinity student, graduating with a Master of Arts degree. In 1721 he began attending the University of Leiden to study medicine but then after a month applied to teach Hebrew at St. Andrews. In 1727 he moved to London to pursue political opportunities. For seven years he lived in the house of his benefactor Spencer Compton, first Lord of Wilmington and his primary occupation was as a political writer. He primarily wrote articles for a publication called the “Craftsman.” Wilmington helped him obtain an appointment in the Colonies as governor of North Carolina.”

The online article also tells us he was “born in 1698 in Southdean Scotland to Reverend Samuel and Isobel Hall Johnston” (the DoAB gives 1699 as year of birth) and that “he and his brother built the largest collection of books in the colonies which was kept at his brother’s home, called Hayes Plantation. Also, under his leadership, the first printing press began operation in North Carolina.”

Andrew Johnston  (fl.1683-1730) engraver in Round Court [in the Strand], London, is mentioned in several newspaper advertisements (the first being the London Gazette, October 14, 1718 - October 18, 1718; Issue 5686). An edition of Twenty five actions of the manage horse : engrav'd by Josephus Sympson was printed for and sold by J. Sympson at the Dove in Russel-Court in Drury-Lane, and Andrew Johnston Engraver in Peter's-Court in St. Martin's-Lane, 1729.

Rgds, A.

Capitol Hill Books Washington D.C.

I have never visited Capitol Hill Books in Washington D.C but after reading about the store I will go there on my next Washington trip.

Edward Chace Tolman 
"   A white rat scurrying through a multiple-choice maze is featured on the unusual, but singularly appropriate, bookplate of the distinguished theoretician and "rat psychologist," Edward Chace Tolman (1886-1959). He went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an undergraduate and took a degree in electrochemistry, and then in 1915 earned a Ph.D. in psychology at Harvard with a dissertation on human memory. Tolman began using rats in 1919 at the University of California at Berkeley to study animal learning, specifically, the inheritance of maze-learning ability (N. K. Innis, "Tolman and Tryon," American Psychologist 47 [1992]: 190-197).  Based upon his animal learning experiments, Tolman developed an influential cognitive theory of learning that was the antithesis of the then-dominant school of Behaviorism.
            Tolman's professional and scholarly career were well established within a decade, and in 1932 his seminal book Purposive Behavior in Animals and Men (New York: Century) was published. He dedicated it to "M.N.A."; in his preface, he reveals that M.N.A. is Mus norvegicus albinus, the white rats that were so important to his research. In 1937 he served as president of the American Psychological Association and was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. The white rat and maze from Tolman's bookplate appear again on the title page of Collected Papers in Psychology (Berkeley: the University of California Press, 1958), a volume of Tolman's articles compiled by his students and published in his honor, the rat stars again on the half title of the book's second printing with the new title Behavior and Psychological Man (Berkeley: The University of California Press, 1958).

            The original block for Tolman's seven-by-eleven-centimeter bookplate is in the collection of his papers held by the Archives of the History of American Psychology located in the University of Akron's Bierce Library. "

An Interesting Link

Morocco: one of the world’s oldest libraries is renovated

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bookplate Odds and Ends- Hitler and Trump

I spotted this in the  bookplate listings by the Ebay seller Owl10  and thought it was very clever.

*The Bookplate Rehousing Society
An imaginary society dedicated to finding new homes for old bookplates.

Pictures are worth a thousand words
Click on Image To Enlarge
Waiting for Appropriate Caption from an inspired reader relating to these two images  
Waiting for appropriate caption
By the way, if you can think of an appropriate caption for the Trump and Hitler bookplates or the two new years greetings please send them to me and I will publish one or more responses next  week

A serious combat injury in 1916 meant that Willy Knabe (Eisleben 7/7/1896 – Magdeburg 20/3/1967) had a leg amputated. He spent the next four years at art school, then worked as a painter and graphic artist in Berlin. He contributed many engravings to Nazi era publications and designed Hitler’s exlibris in 1934. In post-war Magdeburg he was an art teacher and his output was principally of wood-engravings. See Walter von Zur Westen, Zu Knabe’s Exlibris Adolf Hitler, Exlibris/Buchkunst und angewandte Graphik, 1934, p. 32; Willy Knabe, Blätter für Buchkunst Exlibris und Gebrauchsgraphik, n.5 – 1965, list of exlibris, pp. 130-32; Deutsche Exlibris Geselleschaft Jahrbuch 2011. Readers will find numerous online references to the fate of Hitler’s books bearing his bookplate.

5/16/2016 Comments from a reader and my response 

Hi Lew, Whether one is a fan of Mr. Trump,or is repulsed by him, the  juxtaposition of Trump and Hitler is absurd.

Dear Phillip,
If one focuses on what Hitler did to the Jews and others  you are correct.
On the other hand, Hitler was a charismatic leader who came into power at a time of monumental social and financial instability offering false hope to a gullible group of people.
In that regard the juxtaposition  makes good sense to me.

6/12/2016 Comments submitted by Anthony Pincott

I think you have taken the unauthorised “Trump” arms as used for Trump Park Avenue’

And look up “heraldry of trump” at Google images to find the amended version.

Caption 1:
Trump (noun): A thing of small value; (verb): To deceive, to cheat.
Trumpery (noun and adjective): Deceit, fraud, imposture, trickery.

Caption 2:
A double or triple chevron is the mark of a non-commissioned officer. 
Let him stay that way.


An Interesting Link

Here is another resource  about bookplates and porcelain
The Bookplate Journal.
 An issue in which  20 pages and the back cover are devoted to an article by Paul Latcham entitled “Bookplates and Armorial Porcelain” [New Series, September 2008, Vol 6 No 2], available to non-members of The Bookplate Society at £14 plus postage from the editor, Peter Youatt [email: ]. This article includes a full list of the bookplates believed to have been used as patterns for armorial services