Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Changing Bookplates: Multiple Bookplates of Famous People



This blog entry, a work in progress, was inspired by New York City scholar and writer, Maureen E. Mulvihill, from a recent ExLibris-L thread about Arthur M. Schlesinger's bookplate. She remembered seeing an earlier Schlesinger bookplate in 1983, and wondered if other famous people had changed their tastes in bookplates.


Lew Jaffe, the bookplatemaven, provided the multiple bookplates of five famous people, along with comments about their bookplates:


Stephen Vincent Benét and Kenneth Roberts both had bookplates when they were very young and changed them as adults



Clark Gable and Rockwell Kent changed bookplates as they changed wives.



Nelson Rockefeller must have gotten bored with his first bookplate and called his friend Pablo to design a new one.




Linde Brocato (Urbana, Il.), a scholar on Early Spanish Literatures, wrote:

The Picasso bookplate is like a sort of "Victor" that graduates of Salmanca write/paint on the walls when they graduate--whether this is particular to Salamanca (examples are from as early as the 16th c. I believe) or it's from some other model, I don't know.  There's an article in the Spanish wikipedia that says it originated in the 14th c. to celebrate achieving the doctorate:








The collector, bibliographer, and typographer, Mark Samuels Lasner, provided the images of Frederick Locker's bookplates from Madison C. Bates's book That Delightful Man: A Study of Frederick Locker, Cleveland, 1960.





The following multiple bookplates are from my own library:


Henry Blackwell, the New York bookbinder and Welsh scholar, had two bookplates, the top one engraved by Edwin D. French, and the bottom one by H.T. Sears.




He used the Sears bookplate to identify books in his Welsh Collection.



Henry Blackwell engraved a leather gift bookplate for a book he gave to one of his cousins.


Most people are familiar with the jester bookplate of the lyricist, Harry B. Smith, but how many have seen the bookplate fellow lyricist and illustrator, Gene Buck, engraved for him?


The renowned book collector, Paul Lemperly, used the bookplate below on some of his books.


For the books he wanted signed by their authors, he used this bookplate:



Luther Brewer's Leigh Hunt Glutton bookplate was not his first bookplate.


Underneath it in a book he formerly owned was this bookplate:



I didn't know that the English politician and writer, Augustine Birrell, had two bookplates.


Nor do I know which bookplate he had first.



I think I read somewhere that the book collector and author, Vincent Starrett, had four bookplates.


I have two of them.



The author and bibliophile, John Carter, had two different bookplates.  He had another that included his wife's name as well.



Mary Hyde, the author, scholar, and book collector, had a toad bookplate which she used before she got married.


She and her first husband, Donald Hyde, used four bookplates with different color backgrounds.  John Overholt, Assistant Curator of the Hyde Collection of Samuel Johnson at Harvard, remembers reading somewhere that each color denoted the season a particular book was acquired.















Have you any Changing Bookplates to display?

Please contact me if you wish to contribute additional bookplates.