The Language of Bookplates

Bibliophiles and Book Collectors:

Illustrated bookplate of Frank Maier, American book collector and commodore of the New Rochelle Yacht Club (who seems to have participated in a number of races in the first decade of the 20th century).

Penn Libraries call numbers: AC8 H3188 864p,AC8 H3115 838h and AC8 Sh472 846s.

Bookplate of Charles B. Foote (1837-1900), American banker and book collector. Evidently he was a better collector than broker; his firm Hatch and Foote failed during a panic in 1884 and at the time of his death his partner Daniel Hatch accused him of unauthorized speculation with the firm’s funds, leading to a second collapse (cf. the Lewiston Daily Sun, 19 September 1900). Cf. also his death notice in the New York Times (21 September 1900), sub-headlined “Ruined Stock Broker Passes Away Without Regaining Consciousness”. A portion of his library was sold at auction in 1894 and a catalog published, Catalogue of the Unique Collection Made by Charles B. Foote, Esq. … To be sold at auction Friday, November 23, 1894 at 3 p.m. by Bangs & Co. (New York: 1894-1895).

Bookplate engraved by E.D. [i.e. Edwin Davis] French (1851-1906) in 1894. According to M.E. Oemisch, French created his first bookplate as a practical joke in 1893 but quickly became a sought-after artist in the field (cf. “Edwin Davis French” in University of Rochester Library Bulletin 2.2 (1947)).

Both Foote and Davis were members of the Grolier Club.

Penn Libraries call numbers: AC8 L8603 830eand AC8 W6187 870b

Physicians:

Bookplate of Dr. Bradley H. Kirschberg (1883?-1941), chemist and head of the New York State Police Laboratory. Born in Poland, he immigrated to the United States and took a doctorate in chemistry from New York University. From 1912-1935 he served as city chemist for Schenectady. In 1936 he was appointed director of the New York State Police Laboratory, in which position he served until his death. (According to his obituary in the New York Times (29 May 1941), he died of a heart attack on the job.)

Penn Libraries call number: RC9 T7564 932h 1936

George Fales Baker, 1863-1929

Motto: Intus et in cute noscere hominem

Penn Libraries call number: EC8 G5903 823c

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