Monday, September 15, 2014

Library By-Laws and Rules

I attended the First  Brooklyn Book and Antiques show on Saturday .The booths were well stocked , the promoter did a bang up job of promoting  and I met  five dealers who have "bookplates back at home"..I always follow-up these leads and keep my fingers crossed.
The most interesting item I found was not a bookplate. It is a  New Haven ,Connecticut tavern receipt from the early 19th century.I am gathering information about the Tavern and the owner Justus Butler
and will write more about it when my research is completed.


I've accumulated quite a few early 19th century library by -laws notices over the years and found this one at the show..Does anyone out there know which institution used the letters S.M.C.T.A.L.?
I assume the last two letters are for Association Library..If you have similar items and want them added to this posting please send a scan to
I scanned everything in my own collection and welcome additional scans 

 I made the following pencil notation on the back of The Newport Label
See The History of Newport from 1766 to 1878 Chapter XX , charter granted to Hubbard Newton in 1803

 The Phillips Academy label is not about By-Laws but I included it because I would like more information about it.. By the way, when you are digging around book shops and not finding very much be sure to ask the seller if he has a box of old detached boards.Sometimes you can find some really nice bookplates in such boxes.
"The Philadelphia Typographical Society was organ- 
ized in 1802, and enjoys the distinction of being the old- 
est existing organization of the craft. Up to 1831 it 
existed as both a benevolent and a trade society, as was 
the rule among the early societies. In 1831 it became a 
purely benevolent association."


 This Williams College item is  from the 18th century

Monday, September 08, 2014

Bookplates and Bookseller Tickets from Canada

 Fellow collector/dealer Warren Baker sent me a very well researched catalog of Canadian Bookplates and Bookseller Labels in PDF format

 I am in unchartered waters right now. I have a PDF document which has been downloaded to Google drive.     .
If it works I am proud of myself. If not I will try again.

Note from Lew- The link is not working out.  The images are missing.
If you want me to send the PDF directly to you please send me an email

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Bookplates News and Secure Communication For The Professional

Mystery Bookplates:

By all means send me scans of your mystery bookplates for possible inclusion in the blog.
I quickly respond to all such inquiries. This one was sent  earlier in the week and it is very strange.
It is pasted in a Portuguese book .Do any of you have any information about the bookplate?

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet I received this response from Mike at Mikes Library.

K v d St is likely
  1. Karl von den Steinen  a German physician, ethnologist, explorer, and author of important anthropological work about   the Indian cultures of Central Brazil, and the art of the Marquesas. 
  1. BornMarch 7, 1855, Mülheim, Germany
  2. DiedNovember 4, 1929, Kronberg im Taunus, Germany
  3. Mike also sent a link to a bookseller’s catalog which contained a listing for a book with Karl von den Steinen’s bookplate.
  4. I will send  the dealer an email along with a scan of the mystery bookplate to hopefully solve the mystery.
  5. Thank You Mike
  6.                                      Mystery solved 
Dear Lewis Jaffe, 

Yes, that's Karl von den Steinen's bookplate, you can make out his initials at the bottom. 
He's on Wikipedia at :

best regards,

Michael Graves-Johnston

Daniel Mitsui

 Two new universal bookplates recently completed by Daniel Mitsui

Judaica Bookplates

Dan Wyman has a nice selection of Judaica bookplates for sale (subject to prior sale)
This is the message he sent to me.
" We purchased this collection of very nice Jewish bookplates, perhaps some for you?
Price is $35 each; shipping will be the U.S."

 Dan Wyman Books LLC.
1250 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11237 
Tel.        718.963.0410 

A Good Source for Obtaining Bookplates 

Illustrated here is the early 19th century plain armorial bookplate inscribed Genl. Despard (F.8522) . 
The shield, with an unusually leafy surround, bears the arms of Despard impaling Hesketh. The marriage of John Despard (1743/4–1829), Irish-born army officer and colonial administrator, to Harriot Anne (1772–1848), daughter of Thomas Hesketh and Jacintha Dalrymple, and the sister of Sir Thomas Dalrymple Hesketh, third baronet, of Rufford Hall, Lancashire, took place in 1793, but this bookplate probably dates to no earlier than 1814, the year in which he was promoted general. By that time he had already been long in retirement, having returned to England from North America in 1807. Burke’s General Armory gives us no help with the heraldry, but the broken lance in the canton and the motto Pugno both signal the arms of a career soldier.

Born in Ireland and baptized on 4 August 1744 at St Peter and St Kevin in Dublin, he was the fifth of six sons of William and Jane Despard, and brother of Edward Marcus Despard. John  first saw action at age 16 in Germany during the Seven Years’ War as ensign in the 12th Foot, but most of the 24 engagements in which he took part were in the period 1773-83 during the American Revolution. That is why I purchased it.
I am interested in the bookplates of American Loyalists who fled to Canada or back to England as well as English officers who fought in the revolution.

 During this time he was captured and exchanged, and as major he organized Lord Rawdon's new loyalist corps, the Volunteers of Ireland. Colonel in 1795 and major-general from mid-1798, he accepted in 1799 the post of military commander and civil administrator of the colony of Cape Breton (Nova Scotia). The frustrations of this role and declining health, probably exacerbated by his brother Maurice’s execution for treason, prompted his leaving for England in 1807. He died at Swan Hill, Oswestry, from ‘ulcerated intestines’ and was buried there in St Oswald's churchyard. History records him as a distinguished, resourceful, and brave soldier who demonstrated surprising governing abilities, all undertaken with a ‘mild and cheerful disposition’. A fuller account of his life can be found in the Oxford DNB.

I purchased the bookplate on Ebay, but my preferred  source  is the  members auctions of The Bookplate Society. There have been two such auctions this year, and more are in the pipeline for October and December. They typically attract postal and email bids from 30-40 members .There’s a good range of British (and sometimes other) material available. Successful bids from outside the UK can be paid through PayPal. Members also get two high-quality 72-page issues of The Bookplate Journal each year, plus newsletters, and a book every two years. The book for 2015/16 will be about the bookplates of dukes, and is entitled Strawberry Leaves. Annual membership costs $65

Another reason to join The Bookplate Society

The October auction has now been uploaded to the Society’s website at where the listing and scans of all the bookplates on offer can be viewed online. An early deadline of 24 September means that members have less than 3 weeks to enter bids

Theatrical Bookplates

The Lynn and Alfred Lunt bookplate is a welcome addition to my theatrical bookplate collection.
It was designed in 1946 by Richard Whorf .He was an American actor, author, director, and designer and collaborated with the Lunts.

Here is a  an excellent blog posting about computer security by Dr.Steven Solomon
(In the spirit of openness and transparency he is my son in law.) 

Secure Communication for the Professional
August 20, 2014
By Steven N. Solomon

Lawyers and doctors are just two professions that are required to secure information.  For lawyers it is the Model Rules that tell us to keep client information confidential while for doctors and others in the medical community information is required to be kept secure through HIPAA and State Law.  For any profession or business to run smoothly and successfully communication needs to be paramount.  However, many forms of communication, e-mail, text messaging and Instant Messaging, while convenient are not secure for most people.  Using these forms of communication to transmit sensitive information can result in a breach which may then entail heavy fines, mandatory training for you and your staff, credit monitoring for those individuals affected, not to mention the cost of the potential lawsuits for the breach.

The remainder of this article will focus on secure apps for texting and Instant Messaging for the legal professional and non health care industry as HIPAA has specific requirements that are needed to prevent a violation.

It should be noted that nothing can be claimed to be 100% secure.  The best that one can hope for is that the security makes it too difficult for most anyone to breach.   For effective security both the sender and recipient have to be on the same encryption system.  For simplicity sake think of both parties needing to speak English rather than one party who only speaks Spanish.  Getting the sender and recipient to use the program/app/software is one of the biggest hurdles in secure communication.

There are numerous companies that produce a wide array of products so you must do the proper research to determine which would work best for you and those you communicate with.  Some businesses may want a log of all of their communications while others may not care.  A decision should be made with your Privacy Officer as to what is best.

Texting Apps

BBM (Black Berry Messenger) is probably one of the most well known services for secure communication.  Most smart phones have an app available for download.  Messages are first encrypted on the senders phone before being sent to the recipient where it is then unencrypted.  Each message is encrypted with the same “key” which means that in the unlikely event that someone is able to break the encryption, they would be able to see all of the conversations that you had with that recipient.   For those requiring additional security or just more paranoid, Black Berry is releasing in 2004 eBBM (Enterprise Black Berry Messaging).  Each message sent will have its own unique encryption key which means that only that one message can be compromised if the encryption is broken.

Wickr is one of the new class of messaging apps that besides allowing you to send encrypted text but also has a self destruct for the message.  This is available for Android and iPhone.  The company claims that messages are “forensically wiped” upon expiration and that they do not store the message on their servers.

Invisible Text also allows for “self destruction” of messages.  Once the message is read by the recipient a timer starts that will then delete the message once the countdown is complete.

Silent Text is from Silent Circle, the company behind the Black Phone.  The founders have a good reputation for protecting your privacy.  One of the founders is Phil Zimmerman, the creator of Pretty Good Privacy.  In order to use this app you must be a subscriber to Silent Circle.  Texts can be deleted from both your phone and the other phone you are communicating with.  The encryption and the way the company handles sending messages appear to be top notch.  Also available as part of your subscription is the ability to make encrypted phone calls to other users.

Instant Messaging

Not every communication is between mobile devices.  Many use the Computer to “chat” or Computer to Mobile Device.  These Instant Messages (IMs) are not considered secure by default.

Off-The-Record (OTR) is the encryption protocol that can be used for these communications.  It can also be used with your mobile device.

The following are a list of clients with the system that they can be used with:

Pidgin – Windows, Linux
Adium- OSX
ChatSecure – Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone

The apps and programs above are just some of the “secure” communication alternatives available. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Bookplates of Louis Rhead

Louis Rhead (1857-1926)        was among other things
a writer, bookbinder, and book illustrator
 as well as the designer of bookplates, posters and book covers .
Here is a link to hundreds of Rhead illustrations

Rhead's Photo in A Collection Of Book Plate Designs by Louis Rhead published by W. Porter Truesdell

.  The Bookplates of Louis Rhead

 The Angling plate shown below is the same as Fearing # 210 .The inscription in ink on the top is faint.
It says"To Oscar T. Blackburn." . On the grey paper border is written" Printed by Peter Pratt on Birchbark
for Louis Rhead."

If you have any Rhead bookplates not shown here please send me a scan and they will be added.

If any of you have information about Peter Pratt the printer please send it to me.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Alfred Robert Louis Dohme's Bookplate

Alfred Robert Louis Dohme's Bookplate

by Michele Behan

                As both a book collector and bookplate collector, I always attend book sales with an eye toward interesting bookplates hidden within not-so-interesting books.

Books published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries tend to yield more bookplates than recently published titles, so it never hurts to flip open an
older book and check out the front endpaper.  Now that I know how to remove bookplates without damaging the book (thanks to this blog!), I always look for interesting bookplates to add to my collection.

        That is why, when I recently attended the Friends of the Library book sale held at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania on July 30, I picked up an otherwise boring Harvard Classics 1910 edition of The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini.

When I flipped the cover, I was fascinated by the commissioned bookplate within, featuring a border of a pair of snakes weaving through vines surrounding the central motif of a whimsical scribe.

The name on the bookplate, Alfred Robert Louis Dohme, meant nothing to me, but the design was sufficiently compelling to justify spending $2 on the book.

When I got home and researched the bookplate, I was surprised to learn that it belonged to a somewhat well-known individual at the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Alfred Robert Louis Dohme, a Baltimore pharmacist and chemist of some renown.

            Alfred Robert Louis Dohme (1867-1952) was a chemist who founded the pharmaceutical company Sharpe and Dohme (later Merck, Sharpe and Dohme) with a special interest in pharmaceutical assaying.

Dohme was also passionate about art and music.  He was instrumental in the founding of the Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as being chairman of the Grand Opera Committee of Baltimore.

Dohme was married twice, with his first marriage resulting in the birth of six daughters.  When his wife died, he remarried in 1909.

Alfred Robert Louis Dohme’s bookplate is full of curious symbols and mysteries, including the designer, whose signature, ADOHME ’14, does not correspond to any known bookplate engravers. 

Lew suggested that perhaps the designer was Dr. Dohme’s sister, but after extensive research, I have another theory.

One of Dr. Dohme’s daughters, Adelyn Dohme Breeskin (1896-1986), was the first woman to direct a major American art museum.

The younger Dohme planned on being an artist and graduated from Boston’s School of Fine Arts, Crafts and Decorative Design in 1918.  After graduation, she took a job in the print department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, later returning to Baltimore to accept the position of curator of prints at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

In 1938, she was named general curator of the museum and built one of the finest works on paper collections in the country.  In 1947, Adelyn Dohme was named director of the Baltimore Museum of Art. 

So it is reasonable to conclude that Adelyn Dohme  (ADOHME ‘14) was the artist and designer of her father’s intriguing bookplate.  In 1914, the aspiring artist would have been 18 years old.

Notes From Lew  

I want to thank Michele for submitting this article.You, my readers are encouraged to submit articles for inclusion in the blog.If English is not your primary language I can assist you with the editing.. Send a brief outline of your proposed article to

Some Recent additions to my collection

Symbol: Maxim "Knowledge Empowers Struggle". 

Design by 

 Sam DeWolff was a leader of the Zionist faction of the social democratic movement. 

 Salomon(Sam)  deWolff

The  information about this bookplate was sent by fellow collector Michael Kunze

The HQ of the  Prussian Association of Jewish Communities   (Preussischer Landesverband Jüdischer Gemeinden ) was located at  Kantstr. 158, Berlin,  and officially founded in  1922 
"Wanderbücherei" (book mobile / mobile library) may mean either a library mounted on a truck or it was moved by a truck to be stationed somewhere for a limited time
 This library picture was made in 1935

Mystery Bookplates

Can you assist me in identifying the owner's or

 artist's of these bookplates ?

If you have a mystery bookplate

Please send a scan to

8/23/2014 It always amazes me when   questions are answered at lightning speed. Fellow collector Jacques Laget found a book description
which contained the following information:

Printed for the Century Club by D.B. Updike at the Merrymount Press, Boston (Smith 957). Brief eulogies of club members who died in 1943, including Steven Vincent Benet, Pierpont Morgan, and Lt. Tom La Farge, whose cutter foundered in an ice storm off the coast of Newfoundland while returning from a "difficult and very valuable work in the North Atlantic area."

See You Again Next Weekend

Sunday, August 17, 2014

In Defense of Pigeons

 Members of the pigeon family have been maligned ,shot at, poisoned  eaten.and annihilated.
 Consider this my tribute to some feathered friends..

 Pigeon family  bookplates, ephemera, and things that strike my fancy.

Wendell M.Levi wrote The Encyclopedia of Pigeon Breeds  in 1965 .

The Dodo  was a member of the Pigeon family It is now extinct. Ralfe Whistler is a Dodo bird collector.
For images from his collection follow this link:

Verna Faber designed this bookplate for Hettie Gray Baker.

CW Refers to Carolyn Wells

Wood engraved Christmas card from Andy English -2007

My favorite Pigeon quotation-

Some days you're the Pigeon .Some days you're the statue

A Pigeon Rubber Stamp

I am about half way through this delightful book. 
In case you are wondering it is the reason I wrote this posting

See you next week.