Saturday, 8 September 2018 at 1.30pm    Auction 85

Saturday, 8 December 2018 at 1.30pm    Auction 86

Please note that our London venue for meetings has changed. We shall now meet at:
Lower Meeting Room, Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU.
This is located in the City of London, between Old Street (Northern Line) and Moorgate tube stations. We must leave the Wesley centre by 4.50pm. Click to see how to get there.

Delegates to the 2016 congress have decided that the 38th International Exlibris Congress will take place in Cambridge in August 2020. We propose to base this at Churchill College, with a formal dinner in the old dining hall of St John's College. As long ago as 1982 this Society ran the 19th congress at Keble College, Oxford. It was adjudged a considerable success, and a brief write-up can be found on the FISAE website HERE. Cambridge seems a fitting follow-up. We hope to welcome participants from maybe 30 countries to a thoroughly enjoyable event, with the introduction of some innovations. Click on the 2020 home tab (see left) to go to the pages outlining the Society's plans. The dates are fixed, registration is already open, and the web pages will develop as arrangements progress.

As advised by email circulars to members, this Society was prevented from publishing in our Spring 2016 isssue an article drawing images of unique bookplates in the collection that John Henderson Smith (1875-1952) bequeathed to the National Library of Scotland. The NLS was asking £360 for the right to illustrate six small images. This was in addition to the basic cost of making scans. If your Society had to pay £60 for each of the approx 250 images published each year, the cost would exceed by 50% the whole of our annual subscription income. In the face of numerous complaints made by our members to Dr John Scally, National Librarian and Chief Executive, the NLS agreed to undertake by April 2016 a review of its interpretation of The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.
The outcome of the review is that the NLS has changed its policy, such that there will be no re-use fees on publications in an edition of 500 or less. This means that we can now proceed to print in our Autumn 2016 journal the delayed article. Our members books are also mostly printed in editions of less than 500. However, we anticipate a higher edition size for our 2019/2020 book on the bookplates on notable British people, and we consider it entirely unreasonable on the part of the NLS (a) that no concession is made to not-for-profit organisations, and (b) that the NLS refuses to lower its fees where material is out of copyright. The revised fees scale has a descending scale of charges according to the number of images ordered, but there are some unfair, even absurd, aspects now built in, and the cost of the first image is unchanged at £50 plus VAT. As an example, six images for our 2020 book would still cost this Society £210. We continue to view the attitude of the NLS as morally indefensible, and we trust that common sense will eventually prevail, given that the NLS is still out of line with some other libraries, museums and archives from which we source images.
For an article that has appeared in The Scotsman Click here.
At the foot of this article you may add your own comments.

John Blatchly, October 2012

MA PhD HonLittD MBE FSA (1932-2015)

We record with great sadness that John Blatchly died on 3 September 2015, aged 82. We lost not only our President but a great friend and scholar, who contributed most energetically to the life of this Society as a highly esteemed editor, author and counsellor. We shall greatly miss him, for this was a man who could fill each minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run. His life and wide achievements are recorded in an obituary in our Spring 2016 journal, based on the address given by Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch Kt FBA FSA FRHistS at a memorial service held in Ipswich on 21 November 2015.
John's successor as President, Paul Latcham FSA, was elected by members at the AGM held on 16 April 2016. He is the author of books and articles on bookplates and a former editor of the Society's journal and newsletter.

The Society succeeded in holding its Members Auction 75 on 18 April 2015, notwithstanding the failure by Royal Mail to deliver from Nottinghamshire to London an envelope containing all the details of bids by absentee bidders. Our auctions secretary was away from home and disaster was only averted, at the last moment, by re-contacting bidders worldwide in order to establish what bids had been sent in.

On a frequent basis (once every two or three months) we continue to suffer from loss by postal services of both publications and packets of original bookplates. No adequate apology and no compensation was ever received from Royal Mail in respect of the mailing by our printer on 27 November 2013 of our Autumn 2013 journal to subscribers with addresses outside the UK. Most copies only reached these members in February and March 2014, although some arrived later and about fifteen never ever arrived. The Bookplate Society has, as a result, been forced Copyright 2015, The Bookplate Society to incur extra cost in sending all its publications by air.

Symptomatic of the nonchalant attitude adopted by Royal Mail staff in failing to care for items of mail, pictured here is a Royal Mail delivery cart with its lid open, offering access to any opportunist thief passing by. This cart was left unattended for more than 10 minutes while a postman was out of sight at the other end of the road (photo taken in Belitha Villas, London N1 1PD at 9.20am on 18 April 2015). Three weeks after an increase in postal rates, the old prices were still to be seen on display in Royal Mail's collection office in Almeida Steet, London N1. Royal Mail management and staff are not giving a convincing display of taking seriously their duty of care. For details of the £6m compensation paid out by Royal Mail in 2013/2014 see Royal Mail Complaints_2013_14, yet the true cost to customers remains far higher.

For the second time, we have run a web-based auction. There were 2,500 lots on offer, with a fine choice of British, American and Continental European exlibris on offer. It is still possible to view these - go HERE. This auction ran during February and March 2015, attracting 70 participants. Eighteen months ago in Summer 2013 we ran a similar, but smaller, web-based auction. Our auctions are normally just for members, but we have opened these online events toh non-members, some of whom have taken up memebership. Lots in the 2013 web auction can still be viewed at Web Auction 1.

Wood Engraver, Hilary Paynter's Exhibition entitled Breaking Boundaries
Hilary Paynter and Anthony Pincott was on display from Tuesday, 30 September to Saturday, 11 October 2014 at The Framers Gallery, 36 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JT. Pictured here with Hilary is Anthony Pincott, our Society's membership secretary and treasurer. Those who missed this wide-ranging view of her wood engravings, some pieced together to form large collages, can still obtain her book entitled Full Circle, a collection of her work over a 40 year period, comprising over 600 wood engravings, including 21 in colour, with accompanying text by the artist. Woodbine Publishing, 2010, price £45.

Simon Brett's Retrospective Exhibition ran from Tuesday, 11 June 2013 for three weeks, at The Bankside Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, 48, Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH.
Iterations of the exhibition were viewed at Art Jericho, Oxford, 24 October to 10 November, coinciding with the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, and at the Holburne Museum, Bath 16 November to 9 February 2014.



We have received commments that this book is not as some readers would have wished. Accordingly a listing has been compiled in page order of supplementary information, together with an index. You can find these as two Word documents ADDENDA and INDEX which can be printed and kept with your copy of this book.

Jim Wilson, taken in his study at Berkhamsted in 2010


At the end of October 2012, James Ley Wilson, a past president and one of the UK's most energetic collectors of bookplates, died in hospital at the age of 91. Paul Latcham, who was asked by our journal editor to prepare Jim's obituary, writes that; "For the past few years when visiting Jim at Berkhamsted we talked about his life and I made notes. These I typed up at home and forwarded them to him for correction and to prompt further memories. He enjoyed remembering his childhood and army service, his time with Dixons, and later on when he went into bookselling and dealing in bookplates." The obituary will be found in the Spring 2013 issue of The Bookplate Journal.

EXHIBIT "The Ex-Libris and Image Making" AT YALE April 30 - August 17, 2012
Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library 180 York Street New Haven, CT.

Publicity material tells us that "This exhibition explores the ex-libris through the theme of image making. Despite its small format, the bookplate is an inventive art form that inspires artists working in an encyclopedic array of graphic media. The bookplate functions as a mark of possession; however, this simple purpose belies how fervently book owners and artists consider the bookplate a vehicle for self-expression. examines both historic and modern examples of bookplates with a variety of motifs. It also uncovers how questions of authorship arise in the collaboration between artist and patron as well as in the act of collecting itself.With an estimated one million individual bookplate specimens, dating from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, the Yale Bookplate Collection is one of the largest such collections in the world. However, this collection is not a singular entity; rather, its holdings comprise many different collections and an assortment of documentary materials. It is a unique visual archive that forms a timeline of the history and the art of the ex-libris. Moreover, the collection serves as a significant resource for the study of bookplates as well as that of biography and histories of the book, art and design, and collecting. In addition to bookplates, the selections on view include process materials, original sketches, correspondence, publications, and other related printed ephemera. The exhibit is curated by Molly Dotson, Bookplate Project Archivist in the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. For more information, contact her at or at (203) 432-7074. This exhibit is free and open to the public. A current Yale ID (with a prox chip) is required to enter the Haas Family Arts Library during all regular business hours. Non-Yale visitors can gain access to the Library through the security guard in the Loria Center entrance hall."

OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY Our birthday cake was enjoyed by all who attended the 14 April 2012 meeting. Picture credit: ALK Photographic -
The Bookplate Society was born in 1972 from among members of The Bookplate Exchange Club, which in turn grew out of the Ex Libris Society (flourished 1891-1908). By end-1972 we numbered 35 members, and were associated with The Private Libraries Association. Funds generated from the 19th Ex Libris Congress held at Oxford in 1982 enabled the Society to start publishing its own journal. We have gone from strength to strength, the UK and international membership now numbering seven times what it was 40 years ago. Read More Here. At our auction meetings we have a mid-session break for tea and biscuits, but the event on 14 April this year was special, with a birthday cake recalling the first British armorial bookplate, a coloured woodcut with the arms of Nicholas Bacon, who in 1574 gave books to Cambridge University.

COLLECTION OF ARTHUR WILLIAM DORLING (1902-1984) Arthur and Babs Dorling, taken at their Woodford Green house in the late 1970s
On 27 March 2012, London auctioneer Bonhams sold two lots of bookplates gathered by our former member Arthur Dorling (pictured here with his wife, Babs). Some 27 years after his death at the age of 82, these bookplates were consigned to auction by his grandson. The first of the two lots comprised just under 6,000 largely heraldic British bookplates, in albums, mostly acquired through the Bookplate Exchange Club. This sold to our ephemera dealer-member John Martin for £8,500 plus a hefty premium of 25% plus VAT. Members of the Society have already had opportunity to acquire items from this collection, and can continue to do so by contacting the seller. The second, less interesting, lot in the auction, which sold for £3,000 plus premium, was chiefly composed of 3,000 loose duplicates intended for exchange, plus books about bookplates, correspondence, and non-bookplate material. If you were the purchaser, please let us know.
More details will be given in our Summer newsletter

Dominic Winter Book Auctions (of Mallard House, Broadway Lane, South Cerney, Near Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5UQ) were selling a collection of Continental European ex-libris, formed by our onetime members Walter (1913-96) and Alice Schwab. Given a pre-sale estimate of £10,000-15,000, with a reserve higher than any would-be purchaser was willing to pay, no sale was made at the auction. The catalogue description was as follows: Lot 562: Bookplates. An important private collection of 2,371 20th-century European bookplates or Ex Libris, including work by Artur Bar, Hermann Bauer, Alfred Cossmann, Michel Fingesten, Willi Geiger, Walter Helfenbein, Luigi Kasimir, Oskar Kokoschka, Alois Kolb, Adolf Kunst, Jaroslav Marik, Martin Philipp, Alfred Soder, Endre Vadasz and many others, many signed, all in fine condition, and contained in twenty-one uniform Plymouth stamp albums, bound in mock black leather, with matching slipcases, a little rubbed, 4to. A fine collection of over 2000 European Ex libris, by artists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Hungary, France and elsewhere, many of which are signed in pencil. A complete listing of the bookplates offered is available in these two files: A to K. and L to Z.
Two members of the Society have subsequently been able to negotiate the purchase of this collection for about half the mid estimate.

Bookplates were one of the topics broadcast on 12 January 2009 by BBC Radio Scotland in its programme The Book Café, hosted by Clare English. Prompted by an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (see below), she talked about bookplates with Robert Betteridge, Rare Books Curator at the National Library of Scotland, and with our American member Lew Jaffe of Philadelphia. It is no longer possible to listen online, but to read our transcription of this section of the broadcast Click Here.


Cover of Strawberry Leaves

This, our members book for the two years 2014 and 2015, has been issued with the March 2017 newsletter.

Our home page carries an image of the cover of this Autumn 2015 issue. Click on this to view the contents page. This journal was mailed to members on 4 February 2016. We apologise to members for the delay, occasioned by our editor having to buy a new computer as the result of an attack by malware. With this journal we also sent an updated Directory of Members. NOTE: One envelope, lacking address label and thus undelivered, has been returned to the Society. Any member lacking this journal should please contact the Membership Secretary.

Our Spring 2015 journal was mailed (rather late, and we apologise for this) on 23 July 2015. For the cover image and contents See here. We record the award of honorary memberships to Lew Jaffe,our Colin Lattimore and Bill Butler for major contributions to the Society over many years. Articles in this issue are: A Serendipitous Acquisition by Paul Ruxin; Robert Louis Stevenson and Samuel Lloyd Osborne, their partnership and their bookplates, by Bryan Welch; Edwin Davis French: A Celebration, by John Titford; The bookplates of Enid Marx, by Peter Youatt; John Evelyn and bookplates, by Bryan Welch; and Dating the Evelyn bookplate by Anthony Pincott. Notes, book reviews and obituaries of Brian Schofield (1930-2014) and Peter Alllpress (1911-2014) then follow. Our Summer 2015 newsletter was mailed at the same time, together also with a small envelope of bonus bookplates related to this journal.


In our Spring 2014 journal Antti Matikkala is the author of two articles on armorial bookplates, one of these with a focus on exlibris in twentieth century Finland; wood-engraved work by the late Reg Boulton is the subject of an appreciation by Bill Butler; Bryan Welch writes about Lord Ronald Gower; and John Blatchly looks at another 18th century artisan - Henry Yates, goldsmith and engraver of bookplates. In addition there are a number of notes on diverse topics. Our usual 72-page format has been extended to 80 pages, with a colour section.


We publish a translation from German to English of the introductory text to Ilse O'Dell's Deutsche und Osterreichische Exlibris 1500-1599 Im Department of Prints and Drawings im Britischen Museum, British Museum Press, 2003. [Copies of this book can be purchased from the Society - see Publications page]. The extensive article is illustrated with German exlibris from the Franks Collection (British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings). Many non-German purchasers of this book will be glad to know that this is now available. Also reprinted here is Brian North Lee's informative essay on Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks as a collector of bookplates, expanded by some additional notes. This originally appeared in Caygill and Cherry's interesting book of essays on Franks and collecting in the 19th century. This journal was mailed to subscribers, together with our Autumn newsletter, on 27 November 2013. There were serious delays by postal services in delivering this journal. We contacted every member to ensure that this issue and the Autumn 2013 newletter were eventually received. We failed to receive a satisfactory apology from Royal Mail and we took the decision to send all future international mailings by air.

Mailed to members end-May and early June 2013. Articles include: The Art of German Bookplates by Heinz Decker, What is an Ex-Libris? Reflections by W.E. Butler on the FISAE definition, What's in a Bookplate Inscription, an un-published article by Brian North Lee and some final Notes of his all introduced by John Blatchly, an obituary notice of our past president, and leading collector of bookplates, James L. (Jim) Wilson. Also a piece on Keith Vaughan's linocut bookplate for Peter Meyer (1916-2007), company director, art collector and translator of French plays.

The first index to the New Series of The Bookplate Journal covers the years 2003-2008. It was sent with the Spring 2013 journal to all current subscribers.

Dust wrapper of British Royal Bookplates An unusual opportunity has arisen. We have been amazingly fortunate in being able to secure for every member a copy of Brian North Lee's British Royal Bookplates and Ex-Libris of Related Families. It was published in hardback in 1992 by the Scolar Press, Aldershot, 259 pages, numerous b&w illustrations. To make the text as comprehensive and useful as possible the catalogue was divided into five parts. The first and principal of these comprises British Royal ex-libris., together with a handful of interesting 'association' items. Next follow a handful of bookplates of grandchildren of Queen Victoria of, or married into, European Royal houses. The third section shows bookplates of families closely related by marriage but not themselves Royal. The fourth classification comprises the ex-libris of non-Royal but immediate illegitimate descendants of King Charles II and King James II. Joined with these are bookplates relating to later marriages in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act, 1772; and sons- and daughters-in-law. Finally, shown much reduced in size, is a group of armorials and pictorial plates of questionable authenticity or in earlier writings wrongly recorded as bookplates which have not been mentioned elsewhere in the text, aiming, where possible, to provide an answer to the question so often posed: is this a Royal bookplate? We know that some members will already possess this fine book, but we believe that the original publication price of £45 may have discouraged most members from acquiring a copy. Thus we are sending it to all who are members in 2013. In doing so, we depart from our normal practice of issuing a members' book every two years, but for 2014/2015 we revert to this procedure, when the planned book is Strawberry Leaves, by our chairman Colin Lattimore, on the subject of ducal bookplates.

Our Newsletter is usually mailed end-January, but we ran late, thanks to complete failure of our brand-new Dell Inspiron 7722 laptop (which, finally, after repeated replacement of parts, was exchanged by Dell for a new machine - a small success was registered when Dell finally agreed to compensate some of the cost of extra IT interventions). The newsletter was mailed in February and should have reached all members. For the auction list and images of some of the items on sale, see Member's Area.


The Bookplate Society has published a second edition of Colin White's comprehensive listing of the attractive bookplates designed by the renowned Scottish artist Jessie M. King. It forms a major part of the Society's Autumn 2012 issue of The Bookplate Journal, which was sent out to members in October 2012. Not only does this article (32 pages in all) update the checklist that appeared in March 1995, but 15 of the bookplates are reproduced in colour. In his book A Guide to the Printed Work of Jessie M. King, 2007, Colin White listed (and illustrated on the accompanying CD-ROM) King's bookplates, but two or three have since come to light, and the book does not have his extensive comments which are now appearing in this journal. This Autumn 2012 journal also includes an article on the bookplate designs of Graham Rust; one discussing whether Catherine the Great had a bookplate, an article on the early bookplates engraved by English painter Keith Vaughan (1912-77), and a piece on how John Simpson designed a bookplate for himself. In total 80 pages instead of the usual 72.

Cover of the Autumn 2012 issue of The Bookplate Journal

Peter Youatt's latest journal as editor has been mailed (19 April, surface mail) to members. Again it offers a good range of varied and well illustrated articles: Bryan Welch examines the bookplate of artist George Frederick Watts by his wife Mary; Jim McCready takes a retrospective view of the work of heraldic artist Daniel de Bruin (1950-2010); Peter Ford: Brave New World is Benoit Junod's essay title; Ian Fleming - book collector is Bryan Welch's second topic; and Bill Butler write on the Il'in bookplate by E.E. Klimoff. Following these main articles are 20 shorter notes. These cover bookplates for T Sturge Moore, G.A. Grimpenburg, a Scottish pursuivant, Elizabeth Le Roy Emmett, Isaac Banister, and a Norfolk surgeon's label, plus other subjects, including The Gregynog Press, book labels by Michael Russem (USA), further thoughts on the Amy Clarke collection, and more, concluding with Questions and Reviews. An attractive feature of this issue is the 8-page set of colour illustrations of exlibris by Daniel de Bruin and Peter Ford.

Members please note that we discovered that some copies were defective. This issue was mailed direct to members by our printers, who have apologised for, and have rectified, the error. In some copies (we think about half of those sent out) there are pages where the paper is tinted cream and is glossy on one side, but is white and matt on the other.
In mid-August we sent to ALL members a reprinted journal, together with our Summer Newsletter. Please now destroy your copy of the earlier issue.

Etching of Miss C. Helard by Percy Thomas, undertaken whilst she was his student in 1900 - Artist's presentation copy to the sitter, inscribed: Percy Thomas with kind regards to Miss Helard.

When writing the members book for the two years 2011/2012, our Chairman, Colin Lattimore has researched the many fine heraldic ex-libris designed by Miss C. Helard. Her real name was Mary Ellen Blanche Crookes (1870-1935), who in 1901 married the well-know heraldic authority and author Sir Arthur Charles Fox-Davies. All aspects of her ex-libris work are covered, with a checklist; 140pp and 177 b&w illustrations. A special edition will shortly be available in just 20 copies, containing original ex-libris tipped in. Contact the Secretary if you wish to reserve a copy. Biographical details of Sir Arthur can be found in Wikipedia, and if you are interested in either exlibris or heraldry, this book should appeal to you.


Our Newsletter was mailed in January 2012.

Our journal now carries Spring and Autumn on the cover in place of March and September, and our aim is to mail these to subscribers in April and October. Six articles occupy two-thirds of this issue: Bryan Welch asks: Did Linley Sambourne design any bookplates? John Blatchly writes about Florence Amy Clarke: a privileged and discerning short-term collector. A Wodehouse bookplate and its designer is W.E. Butler's topic. Renae Satterley examines Bookplates in the library of the Middle Temple. Bryan Welch looks at the ex-libris of William Ewart Gladstone: from the Temple of Peace to the Gladstone Library. Lastly, the work of Stanley Reece bookplate designer and artist is celebrated by the editor, Peter Youatt. In addition there are Notes on half a dozen subjects: Darley Addenda; Thomas Oughtibridge /Barlow /Browne; Edmund Blampied; an Anglo-American label for David Hoffman; Railway bookplates; Gothic Revival plates; and Paul Lemperley's label by ED French.

Our Newsletter now has Summer and Winter as cover dates in place of June and December, and we aim to get the mailing out in January and July/August. For the Summer 2011 issue our timing has slipped a little - it was mailed to members on 2 September.

Bill Butler offers an extensive biography of Peter Stephen du Ponceau and illustrates his bookplates, John Blatchly investigates the bookplate work of 18th century print shop owner and engraver Matthias Darley, John Titford recounts his researches into two bookplate challenges, and Bryan Welsh discusses the library and bookplate of Sir Richard Francis Burton. In the next 20 pages are a dozen or more notes and queries, with topics including William Hopson, an elusive bookpile, Stamford keepsakes, Double Agents, and a bookplate by the Gregynog Press.

With the reopening in September 2010 of Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, the former home of Horace Walpole, this issue carries a well-timed article by Bryan Welch on Walpole bookplates; Celia H. Austin writes about the bookplate work of etcher J.R.Granville Exley; John Blatchly reveals George Bailey of Derby as the engraver of a fine set of 19th century armorial and pictorial ex-libris; and Peter Youatt illustrates bookplates at Arundel Castle, owned by the Duke of Norfolk and his family. Various notes, questions and answers then follow.

My Ladye Nevells Booke is the title of John Harley's contribution describing a music manuscript acquired in 2006 by the British Library and containing a fine heraldic painted bookplate pre-1626. Peter Allpress writes on Some Aspects of Ecclesiastical Heraldry as illustrated by ex-libris. Bookplate work by Bristol engraver John Ames is recorded by John Blatchly. Anthony Trollope's bookplates are investigated by Bryan Welch. We publish an article written by the late Brian North Lee on Bookplates reflecting the Gothic Revival in England, and the final pages are devoted to short notes on several bookplates of interest, including a wood-engraving by Keith Vaughan for publisher John Lehmann.

The three main articles in this number are: John Blatchly writing about William Milton, Engraver of Bristol, a previously unpublished piece by the late Brian North Lee on Some British bookplates made for use overseas, and the work of William Henry Toms, Engraver and Copper-plate Printer chronicled by Edward Potten. A variety of notes cover E.D. French's bookplate for the Union League Club, Charlton of Ludford, Winifred Lindsay Scott's manuscript ex-libris, Irish Jacobeans V, Jacob Skinner in London and more on his Bath period, Discovering Mr Baker, The Frederick Starr collection of Mexican bookplates, More on the bookplate of Hugh Oswald Short, Caroline Newton's bookplate, The Wedgwood Library, and some Questions and Answers from correspondents. The issue concludes with a report on The Society's Summer Outing.

Regrettably this journal was two and a half years late, as the result of serious illness. We apologise for this long delay. It has now been mailed to members who subscribed for the year 2009. We reprinted the British section of Gleeson White's 1898-9 Special Winter Number of The Studio, which was devoted to Modern Book-Plates, to which an index is added. There is a short biography of writer on art Gleeson White (1851-1898), his last essay, an article on the bookplates designed by him, and further pieces on the artists and designers whose bookplate work has, over the years, appeared in The Studio.

This issue has four main articles: John Blatchly gives a comprehensive view of the Bath engravers Jacob Skinner and William Hibbart, active in the 1730s and 1740s; the Ex-libris of William Stewart Bishop of Aberdeen is discussed by Alastair Cherry; Paul Latcham elaborates on the links between Bookplates and Chinese Armorial Porcelain; and John Blatchly catalogues Square fleuron-bordered labels from Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. In the Notes section are mentioned the bookplates of Arthur Troyte Griffith, additional Brownlowe and Cust family plates, Charles Stewart Rolls, Hugh Oswald Short, and Blayney and other Baldwyns, and much more.

This sequel to the author's Some Suffolk and Norfolk Ex-Libris, 2000, is printed and is about to be issued to members with our June 2008 Newsletter. Those who are members for only one of the two years 2007-08 may purchase a copy by paying £10.

Peter Hoare writes at length about The Brownlowes and Custs of Belton House, Lincolnshire and their bookplates, and John Blatchly tells us all about Thomas Oughtibridge (c1702-56), engraver of Hatfield near Doncaster, and London. Included amongst a wealth of notes is information about: watercolour ex-libris by Bowdler; The Inspector General of Insane; bookplates for Daniel Beaumont, CJ Shoppee, TN Dick-Lauder, R Effinguer de Wildek, Ducarel, Richard Wilk(e)s; and work by engravers Nathaniel Kettle, Michael Burghers, Culleton, ED French, JAC Harrison.

Paul Latcham has researched the work of 18c. engraver William Bowley of Shrewsbury; Alastair Cherry writes about the bookplate of the Scots College, Paris; Simon Brett tells us of his recent wood-engraved ex-libris; Edward Law studies bookplates in an Irish provincial library; and Georgia Barnhill describes the bookplate collection at the American Antiquarian Association. Other topics include a unique Charles I bible plate, bookplates in fiction, Frederick Rolfe Baron Corvo, and the bookplate of Cecil Rhodes. Several queries and a book review are followed by an obituary of Brian North Lee.

THE BOOKPLATE JOURNAL, MARCH 2007 This contains three main articles: (1) John Blatchly, Two London bookplate engravers c1730-60: Charles Gardner and John Clark (2) Edward Potten, The bookplates of the Winn family of Nostell Priory and the Strickland family of Boynton Hall (3) Brian North Lee: Five Irish woodcut Chippendale armorials. Various notes include details of the work of Culleton, heraldic stationer, and John Blatchly's address at the funeral of Brian North Lee (1936-2007). It was posted to members (rather late - our apologies) on 10 May 2007.

THE MEMBERS' ANNUAL BOOK FOR 2006 is a collaboration between the late Brian North Lee and Sir Ilay Campbell on Scottish Bookplates. The extensive introduction is followed by a selection of representative examples - these are all illustrated and their history described. 144 pages; 247 illustrations. Soft cover. It has now been mailed to all members (non-UK members will receive it with the March journal).

THE MEMBERS' ANNUAL BOOK FOR 2005 is a detailed review by our Journal editor, Paul Latcham, of bookplates in the trophy style. Details are given on our Publications page.

THE BOOKPLATE JOURNAL, MARCH 2006 As main articles we have Brian Lee discussing rare modern British exlibris, Brian Schofield writing about the Charles Hall Crouch collection bequeathed to the Society of Antiquaries, Sir Ilay Campbell investigating the lairds of Abercairney, John Blatchly on the stencilled exlibris, and Ed Potten reporting on the National Trust cataloguing project. A dozen notes in this issue range far and wide, including a gallows bookplate and the problem of gift or homage bookplates. Queries and answers are followed by a book review and an obituary of Audrey Arellanes.

THE BOOKPLATE JOURNAL, SEPTEMBER 2005 has Edward Potten's researches into the bookplates of the Egerton and Tatton families of Tatton Park and Wythenshawe Hall; details by Brian Smith of John Dougharty of Worcester; The Trafalgar bicentenary - some relevant bookplates by Peter Allpress; A much bookplated Irish earl, by John Blatchly; Miss Maria Jenkins - bibliophile of Clifton (1791-1858), by Anthony Pincott; and An early Scottish ex-libris - Alexander Mylne and the Cambuskenneth missal, by Alastair Cherry.

THE BOOKPLATE JOURNAL, MARCH 2005 contained as its leading article a comprehensive study by John Blatchly on the Cambridge engraver William Stephens. A second feature article covers the modern bookplates engraved on copper by Stanley Reece, and is followed by a host of notes and information about exlibris of all periods in a range of styles.

THE MEMBERS' ANNUAL BOOK FOR 2004 was about the bookplates of Church of England parochial and cathedral libraries, by Brian North Lee.

THE BOOKPLATE JOURNAL, SEPTEMBER 2004 has an extensive study by Brian Lee of 18th century woodcut or soft metal armorials with particular attention given to the engraver Francis Hoffman. Edward Potten writes about the bookplates of the Grey and Booth families of Dunham Massey and Enville Hall, and Ian Jackson's piece is entitled 'Ever learning, ever dying' (The motto used by Anatole de Montaiglon on his ex-libris - 'De jour en jour en apprenant mourant').

THE BOOKPLATE JOURNAL, MARCH 2004 contained as its leading article a ground-breaking paper giving a biography of Miss Sarah Sophia Banks, early ephemera, coin and bookplate collector. She was the sister of Sir Joseph Banks, the celebrated naturalist and President of the Royal Society. The two other main articles provided an overview of the work and bookplates of 18th century engraver William Austin, and a discourse on some bookplates of men who fought at Waterloo. Also in this issue: notes, queries and book reviews.

EARLIER ISSUES - A listing of the main contents of The Bookplate Journal is given here.

These files record the contents of the First Series, which comprised 40 issues of The Bookplate Journal. See the first file for Notes to Users of this Index.

    Index of Names A to D
    Index of Names E to H
    Index of Names I to P
    Index of Names Q to Z
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BRIAN NORTH LEE (1936-2007) © 2007 The Bookplate Society  This picture of Brian North Lee dates from 1972 or earlier.
Already over ten years have passed since the death of our Past-President, Brian North Lee FSA, who had such a great influence on the history of our Society, and who contributed so much to bookplate studies and literature. He died on Saturday, 24 February 2007 from bowel cancer. He was 70 on 27 December 2006.

is reproduced here by kind permission of The Independent.

On the FISAE website are some further memories.

Renowned for his knowledge of British bookplates and for his extensive output of books and articles on the subject over more than thirty-five years, he was pre-eminent in this field, signally eclipsing Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks and Julian Marshall, both leading collectors over a century ago, as well as George Heath Viner (1865-1955), none of whom wrote much on the subject. His last book, SCOTTISH BOOKPLATES, written jointly with Sir Ilay Campbell, Bt. was published by the Society in 2007. Further memories of him are given in the September 2007 issue of Bookplate Journal.

Bonhams of New Bond Street, London auctioned the residue of Brian Lee's bookplates on 13 November, 2007. So very much of his collection was sold off to favoured friends during his last years that the (well picked-over) residue and its method of lotting were largely a disappointment to most collectors. An alphabetical sequence of some 4,900 British bookplates realised a total of £9,600. Collections of Indian and West Indian fetched £1,800 and £2,200 respectively. A unique silver Charles II Bible Plate sold for £1,200, and seventeen albums of material (including photos and letters) of British and Foreign Royalty achieved £6,200. With other lots, a total of nearly 9,000 bookplates sold for £29,180 (all figures before adding 23.5% buyer's premium).

Some bookplates bequeathed by Brian Lee to The Bookplate Society were sold in December, 2007, and more were offered on 6 December 2008 at our third auction for that year.

We can offer a few items for direct sale - See here.  These are in addition to the several hundred bookplates already available for sale to members (for access details see notice on page 26 of the Directory of Members, or write to the Membership Secretary).


With the death of Frank Martin we lost an accomplished wood engraver, though his other interests meant that he produced only a couple of dozen bookplates. Brian North Lee has written a short appreciation which appears on the FISAE website. An obituary in The Times online is to be found here.


An outstanding contributor to American bookplate literature is also gone. She is described as "one of the giants" of the bookplate world who "took the trouble to attend ex-libris congresses and meetings far and wide, and her character was such that she made many friends". Her Year Books, ABCD&E Newsletter and her bibliography of bookplate periodical literature were all the products of great devotion. The appreciation written by Bill Butler and Brian North Lee can be found on the FISAE website. The Czech artist Joseph Liesler (1912-2005) and Italian collector Remo Palmirani (1943-2005) are also remembered.

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