Paul Eldridge (1888-1982) was a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, and teacher. Eldridge was born in Bucharest, raised in Philadelphia, and spent most of his life in New York City. He married fellow writer, stage actress, and soprano, Sylvette De La Mar (also known as Sylvette De Lamar, née Sylvia Reiss). Whenever I catalog a collection, I love to find photographs that allow me to picture the collection’s creator as I work, so imagine my delight when I came across these dapper photos of Paul and Sylvette, below.
Box 11, Folder 9
Box 11, Folder 9
Paul viewed Sylvette as his intellectual equal and dedicated all of his books to her. Alongside this respect for his wife and life partner, Paul Eldridge displayed a playful irreverence with regard to concepts of male and female roles, as is evident in the subjects and titles of many of his works.
In its nondescript cloth binding, the University of Pennsylvania’s copy of The Works of Publius Virgilius Maro Translated by John Ogilby (London : T. Maxey, 1650) at first appears unremarkable. However, the book’s association with the infamous 19th c. forger Harry Buxton Forman (1842-1917) makes it noteworthy. When this volume of Virgil’s works in the Latin Culture Class Collection was rebound, the binder took care to preserve Forman’s bookplate by affixing it to the title page. H. Buxton Forman was a respected bookman of his time. He was a bibliophile and scholar, establishing his reputation with bibliographies of Shelley and Keats. During his years of book collecting and literary pursuits Forman developed a friendship with T.J. Wise (1859-1937), also a collector and respected bibliographer. Their friendship ultimately took a criminal turn as they used their combined bibliographic expertise to fabricate dozens of counterfeit works.
Bookplate of Edith Barbara Tranter.
Edith Barbara Tranter was secretary to W. T. H. Howe (1874-1939), president of the American Book Company in Cincinnati, and subsequently administrator of his estate. She appears herself to have collected books and manuscripts; her library was sold at auction by Parke-Bernet on March 18, 1952.
Penn Libraries call number: EC8 B7898 W857g
Bookplate of R.J.A. Boreman (birth and death dates unknown)
Motto: Invia virtuti via nulla (No way difficult for the virtuous)
Call Number: AC8 G2877 833n
Bibliophiles and Book Collectors:
Bookplate of Wolfgang von Wurzbach (1879-1957)
Ex libris Dr. Wolfgang v. Wurzbach.
Motto: Tenax propositi (Tenacious of Purpose)
Call Numbers: SC Am124 Ei7 1592 and SC6 P4158 635p 1638
Bookplate of Harold Greenhill (1893-1968)
Harold Greenhill, a Chicago book collector and president of William P. Green Co., was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1893 and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1917 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of the Caxton Club from 1948 until his death and served two terms on the Club’s Council. Greenhill was also a member of the Grolier Club. He died in Rhinelander, Wisconsin on October 15 1968.
Many of his books were bought by Bradley H. Martin and sold at Martin’s sale. Greenhill’s books are also found at Princeton University and at the Newberry Library.
Call Number: IC55 G9315 590p
John Louis Haney, 1877-1960
Bookplate of John Louis Haney (1877-1960), author and professor of English literature, who served as president of Philadelphia’s Central High School from 1920 to1943 (succeeding Robert Ellis Thompson) and as a member of the American Philosophical Society.
This bookplate can be found in a fair number of books in the Culture Class Collection at Penn’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Bookplate of William G. Crampton
Call number: EC85 Yo857 871mb