Would you like to see the bookplate George Washington used? It is included in this volume, which also contains bookplates used by William Penn, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Horace Walpole, Samuel Pepys, the Royal Library of Windsor Castle, the Duke of Argyll, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Prince Otto von Bismarck, the Empress of Germany, Theophile Gautier, Ellen Terry, Adolph Menjou, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Jack London, Rilke, Charles De Gaulle, Eleanor Roosevelt
Ever since there were books to own, bookplates have been made to paste into them. The variety and quantities of bookplates over the centuries form an important but often neglected area of the graphic arts. This collection of 761 outstanding bookplate designs by 331 noted artists, illustrators and engravers spans six centuries, from the first known printed bookplate (ca. 1450) to a wide range of twentieth-century designs. This treasury is the most comprehensive collection of bookplate designs ever to appear in an inexpensive paperback edition.
The designs in this book come from Germany (where it is believed bookplates originated), Great Britain, the United States, France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, Japan, Hungary, Spain and Australia. There are bookplates by such noted artists and illustrators as Jost Amman, Diirer, Paul Revere, Thomas Bewick, Walter Crane, Hugh Thomson, Robert Arming Bell, Beardsley, Kate Greenaway, Max Klinger, Mucha, Gordon Craig, Thomas Cleland, Howard Pyle, Georges Auriol, Leonard Baskin, Rockwell Kent, and many others. Also included are designers known specifically for their work in bookplates, men like Alexander Anderson, Charles William Sherborn, George W. Eve, Edwin Davis French, Sidney Smith, J. Winfred Spenceley. We see the designs of artists specializing in calligraphy and typography, and contemporary designers from Eastern Europe and the Orient.
Produced by woodcut, wood engraving, linoleum cut, steel or copper engraving, etching, aquatint, lithography, decorative typography or any of the modern methods of photographic reproduction, these bookplates come in every conceivable style and subject. All of them are fine works of art done on a small scale.
Fridolf Johnson, former editor of American Artist magazine, made the selection and wrote the introduction which traces the development of bookplate designs over the past centuries, and describes the growth of bookplate collecting.
1st Dover edition 1977, Pb, 151pp, 761 B&W illustrations, 21/3 x 27.8 cm