The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Bookplates

After of week's worth of smutty posts I figure it's time to get my mind out of the gutter. So here's some clean and wholesome bookplates.

First a plate belonging to "Marjorie Ludlow Timson" signed by the designer "ET", found in The Love Complex by Thomas Dixon (Boni & Liveright, 1925)


I love the lettering and the descending "T". Starting to accumulate a nice selection of naval- themed plates.

Next this plate from "Al and Elinor Black" (who apparently looked like Playmobile figurines) found in Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (Harcourt, 1925) .


How cute is it that they have a little color-in checkbox to show when they'd both read the book?

Next this plate from "Mary and Norman Hickman" showing a lonely hilltop watchtower on a windy night. Found in Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett.


Not 100% sure it's the same person but a Norman Hickman (married to a "Minnie"), authored a number of quiz books for St. Martins Press.

Next this elaborate plate belonging to "Gustav Klemm", found in The Well-Tempered Musician by Francis Toye (Knopf 1926)


Klemm was a music critic who wrote an early anti-jazz polemic called "The Jargon of Jazz" for the magazine Etude. The article is cited in several places and is summarized thusly
describ[es] jazz as a passing craze, with numerous colourful references to his passionate dislikes ("sax slap-tongue" equals burping of frogs; "flare" equals sudden ripping of a piece of metallic cloth; "trombone smear" equals easy for beginner; various barnyard noises) of aspects of the genre.
full reference here ("What is Hip" by Rick McCrae).

Well at least he had a nice bookplate.

Lastly this mopey looking smudge on a plate belonging to "Mr. and Mrs. Paul Arthur Rubinstein" found in The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (Harper, 1954)

Paul Arthur Rubinstein was the son of pianist Arthur Rubinstein. The plate signature looks like "R. Smith" but is tough to make out.

As always if anyone knows any points of interest about the owners or artists please leave a comment.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I know all about them. They were my parents.