Several weeks ago when I asked for information about the artist Cleon who designed the bookplate for Chester Odiorne Swain,Tom Boss called to say he had seen some book jackets designed by an artist with that name in Jackets Required . Sure enough there were four pages with illustrations.
One of these is signed Cleon and one is signed Cleonike. Cleon also illustrated the dust jacket for A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and Swan Song by John Galsworthy
"Born in Berkeley, CA on March 1, 1895. Damianakes studied at UC. After her marriage to Richard Oliver in 1924, she lived in Hollywood. By 1940 she was in NYC and by the 1960s she had wed Ralph Wilkins. She died in Berkeley on Aug. 27, 1979. Member: Chicago and Calif. Societies of Etchers; SFAA. In: Berkeley High School Auditorium (murals); AIC; Toronto Museum"
The real treasure trove showed up at the Flickr site. Lexecon has posted many examples of the art by her great aunt Cleon. Here is a link:
In several weeks I will be writing about bookplates with caricatures. If you have any in your collection I would appreciate a scan. Send it to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
Since one good turn deserves another here is a link to Tom Boss . He has the dubious distinction of being the only full time living bookplate dealer in America.
Tom can help you obtain bookplates by topics as well as artists . They make a nice framed grouping for a special present.
See you next Sunday.