Bookplates
     

Thomas G. Boss Fine Books
119 Braintree St Suite 317 Boston Ma 02134.
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We have been in business in the Greater Boston area since 1974.
We specialize in Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, and Art Nouveau books,
livres d'artiste, fine bindings, press and illustrated books, the eighteen-nineties,
and the decorative arts, as well as in fine art, posters and graphics in these areas.
We also stock and publish reference books relating to the fields in which we specialize.

We are always interested in purchasing fine books,
either collections or individual volumes

We also issue catalogues and offer appraisal services.
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Bookplates

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BP1
Rockwell Kent’s Largest Bookplate

KENT, ROCKWELL. The bookplate of John Whiting & Helen Otillie Friel. Original photo-lithograph. 1953.

sm.$20, med.$30, lg. $40, x-lg $50.—

BP2
Rockwell Kent’s Bookplate
for Eleanor B.Church

A "canting" bookplate one in which there is a pun, less or more obvious as here. Fine approx 2.5" by 4" $30—.

BP3
J.W. Spenceley
for Robert Graham Fuller.

Engraved by J.W..S. in 1903 and designed by Frederick Garrison Hall in 1902. Fine. About 2 1/4" by 2 1/2". .$25—

 

BP4
Sidney Lawton Smith
for Lulu Glaser,

Theatrical bookplate for the turn-of-the-century actress. Fine. Approx. 2 1/2" by 4". $25—

BP5
Richard Lux for Dr Enrst
und Vera Margareta Hauser.

Original etching. 1930. Fine.
Approx. 4" by 5".$30—

BP6
A.N.Macdonald
finished by Will Simmons,
for J. Edouard Diamond

Proof. Fine. Image size about 2 3/4" x 3 3/4". Unsigned proof 6" x 8" $45—
Proof signed by Will Simmons 5" x 7" $75 —

 

BP7
Bruce Rogers for S.R. Shapiro,
noted B.R. Collector.

Fine Approx 2” x 1 3/4” $20 —

BP8
Oscar Taylor Blackburn
for Victor Robinson, 1941

Fine. Approx 2” x 3” $20 —

BP9
M.E. Webb for Muriel Alderman

Fine. Approx 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” $20 —

 

BP10
E.D. French for the John
Crerar Library Chicago.

Brainerd 83, 1896 Fine. About 3” x 4” $20 —

BP11
E.D. French for Harvard College Library Hohenzollern Collection.

Brainerd 239, 1904
One of E.D. F.’s largest and most highly regarded bookplates. Fine. About 3” x 6”$50 —

BP12
E.D. French for the Library
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Brainerd 40, 1895. Fine. About 3” x 4 1/2” Done by E.D.F. for the Metropolitan’s superb library which is the finest of any America museum. They also possess a fine bookplate collection. $35 —

BP13
E.D. French for Barrett Wendell.

Brainerd 114, 1898.
Fine. 1 3/4” x 2 1/2” $20

BP14
E.D. French for
Ernest Kempton Adams.

Brainerd 207, 1902.
Fine. About 2” x 3 1/4” $25 —

BP15
E.D. French for
William Beverley Rogers.

Brainerd 205, 1902.
About 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” $20 —

BP16
E.D. French for
Richard B. Coutant.

Brainerd 28, 1894. Coutant was
a renowned bookplate collector. Fine
About 2 1/2” x 3 1/4. $30 —

BP17
E.D. French for the
Union League Club New York

Brainerd 159, 1900. Near Fine. $30 —

BP18
Leonard Baskin for
Thomas G. Boss, Boston.

To be put into a group of books from the library of noted bibliographer Joe Kraus. A very small number printed; probably a good thing as Mr. Kraus objected to his full first name “Joseph” being used instead of his cutomary “ Joe.” Fine About 2” x 2” $25 —

BP19
C.W. Sherborn for contributors to the Shakespeare Memorial.

Fine. About 3" x 5” $20 —

BP20
Lucy Diecks for the Library of The Corcoran Gallery of Art.

1920’s? Fine. About 3” x 5” $25 —

BP21
H. Hays (N.Y.) for
Almon M. Griswold,

American Book Collector, C. 1870’s?. Very Good. About 3” x 4” $25 —

BP22
Hope G. Weil.

(Bookbinder) Bookplate, perhaps designed by herself, for bookbinder Hope G. Weil. Fine. About 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” $20 —

BP23
Edwin Davis French
for Edward Dean Adams.

Brainerd 199. 1902. Japan Vellum proof contained in a Japan vellum folder which explains the plate. One of the most elaborate explanatory pieces ever written and probably unique in the French bookplate canon. Near fine. About 8 1/2” x 11.” $75. Also, a copy of the bookplate, not a proof, contained within the same folder. $45 —

BP24
Sidney Lawton Smith
for John Bouvé Clapp

Nov, 1909. Fine. About 2 1/4" x 3 1/4” $20 —

BP25
E.D. French for
for Mary Bryant Sprague

Brainerd 251, 1904. Designed by Pierre de
la Rose and engraved by French. Fine. In two sizes; about 2 1/4” x 3”. $20—
about 3” x 5” $40 —

BP26
E.D. French for
for Cercle Francais at Harvard.

Brainerd 223b. 1903 Portrait of
Moliere at the top. Fine About 2 1/4” x 3”. $25—

BP27
E.D. French for
the Oxford Club, Lynn

Brainerd 12. 1894. Very good.
About 2” x 2 1/4.” $20—

BP28
E.D. French for
Louise Taylor Hartshorne Leeds

Brainerd 140b. Fine. About 2” x 2 1/4" $20—

BP29
E.D. French
(completed by A.J. Brown) for
Richards Memorial Library

One of the plates completed after E.D.F.’s death by A.J. Brown. Very good.
About 2 1/2” x 3 /2.”. $20—

BP30
Canting plate for Felix Baum.

Original etching. A canting, that is, punning plate showing tree limbs. Circa 1920. Fine. $25—

BP31
W.F. Hopson for the J.P. Morgan gift to the Wadsworth Athenaeum

Hartford, Conn. 1910. About 3” x 5.”
Near Fine. $50—

BP32
J. Thomas Smith for
Frederic Forehand

A large plate with copious imagery. Fine. About 3” x 5.” $20 —

BP33
Charles Rider for John Morrison

Handsome silhouette plate, 1920’s - 30’s. Fine. About 1” x 3.” $25—

BP34
Benjamin De Forest Curtiss

Label for the New York banker and book collector who left many rare books to the Watertown, Connecticut Library. Fine.
About 2” x 1.” . $20 —

BP35
John W. Jameson for
Muriel Alderman

Engraving with ship remarque done in 1936 for the Californian. Fine.
About 2 1/2” x 3 1/2.” $20 —

BP36
C. F. Norris (?) for
Louis J. Bailey

Bookplate done for the noted bookplate
collector. Fine. About 2” x 5.” $25—

BP37
Schmetgen for Volney Streamer

Bookplate done in 1887 for the author and librarian of The Players Club in New York. Fine. About 4” x 3.” $20 —

BP38
J.W. Spenceley for
Arthur Franklin Johnson

A retouched plate, having originally been designed by C.P. Marillier and engraved by D. Neé, then adapted by J.W.S. for Johnson. Near Fine. About 2 3/8” x 4.” $25 Also a variant printed in brown. $25—

BP39
Alexander Scott Carter

Bookplate for the noted Canadian architect (1881–1968). Fine.
About 2 1/4” x 3 1/4.” $25 —

BP40
R. Gordon Wasson

R. Gordon Wasson. Author of Soma: ‘Divine Mushroom of Immortality’, (1967). Fine.
About 1 1/4” x 2.” $15—

BP41
Charles Meeker Kozlay

Bookplate of great collector of and writer about Bret Harte. Near fine. About 2" x 3" $25—

BP42
Roland Gideon Curtin, M.D.

Bookplate of the physician and bookplate enthusiast. Near fine .About 2 1/2” x 4 1/4.”
$20—

BP43
William Allen Jenner

Bookplate of the Latin scholar.Printed for Cartier, designer unknown.Fine. About 2 1/4” x 3 1/4”
$20—

BP44
Mary Frances Caplin

Bookplate for the bookplate literature collection of the daughter of Stephen Caplin, who was an early 20th century collector. Fine. About 2” x 3 1/2.” $20—

BP45
W.J. DeRenne (1853-1916)

Bookplate of the Georgia collector Wymberley Jones De Renne, who amassed a fine assemblage of state history and the Confederacy. His collection is now maintained by the University of Georgia
Near fine. About 2 3/4” x 3 1/4" $25—

BP46
John A. Sheppard, M. D.

Woodcut bookplate for the Tacoma, Washington physician. Fine. About 3.” x 3 1/4” $20—

BP47
Ballard High School

Elaborate bookplate on laid paper for the Seattle high school, C. 1920. Unsigned. Fine. About 3” x 4 1/2.” $20—

BP48
Dorothy Sturgis Harding for
Robert Lincoln O'Brien.

Attractive Arts & Crafts bookplate. Fine.
About 2 1/4” x 3 1/4” $25—

BP49
Arts & Crafts
Universal Bookplate

Bookplate reads "Light on the Path" and has the initials "M.C." at the top, also a copyright notice of "J.W.L.". c. 1910-1915. Fine. About 3 1/4” x 5 1/2” $25—

BP50
E.D. French for
A.C. Bernheim

Brainerd 42, 1895. Near Fine.
About 2 1/4” x 3” $25—

BP51
E.D. French for
Maria Gerard Messenger

Brainerd 54a, 1895. Fine.
About 2 1/2” x 3” $25—

BP52
E.D. French for Herman Simon

Brainerd 226, 1904. Design by Thomas Tryon.
Very Good. About 2” x 3 1/4” $20—

BP53
E.D. French for Robert Sedgwick

Brainerd 77b, 1896. Near fine.
About 2 1/4” x 3” $20—

BP54
E.D. French for Robert Sedgwick

Brainerd 77b, 1896.Rare proof printed in green and signed in ink by Robert Sedgwick. These prints were done in exceedingly small editions, sometimes as few as ten. Near fine About 7” x 10.” $150— ( SOLD ).

BP55
R. Will Simmons for
Blythedale Home

Ex Libris Blythedale Home in memory of Louise F. Untermeyer, made by W.S. in 1944. Blythedale Home for crippled children was sponsered by Untermeyer. This plate is one of 40 proofs on large paper pencil signed by Simmons. Fine. About 2" x 3" on an 8" x 10" sheet. $45—
Also, regular unsigned print on wove paper,
fine. $20—

BP56
Robert Sneider for
D.H. McPherson

Masonic plate printed on blue or grey paper. Fine. About 2 3/4” x 3.” $20—

BP57
R. Fred Thompson for
Henry J. Tompkins

Signed in the plate, Thompson, 1918. One of a few large paper examples, the plate with remarque mounted on a larger sheet of thick handmade paper, signed by Thompson. Plate measures about 3" x 4" on an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet.$45—
Also a copy of the regular print, about 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” $20— Both items in fine condition.

BP58
Sara B. Hill for
The Riding Club.

S. B.Hill, 1930. A gift plate. Fine.
About 2 1/4” x 3 1/4” $25—

BP59
William Fowler Hopson for
George Dudley Seymour

W.F. Hopson, N.H, 1894. Fine.
In two sizes, 3” x 4.” on laid paper $25—
or 2" x 3" on wove, $20—

BP60
John William Jameson for
W. Norman Jeavons

Designed by W. Norman Jeavons and engraved by J.W. Jameson. Large proof-like bookplate, printed in green on soft handmade paper with seahorse remarque. Fine. About 4” x 5”on a 5" x 7" sheet $35—
Also a copy on wove paper printed in black with a red remarque,and signed by Jameson. About 3 3/4” x 4 1/4” $45— Both items in fine condition

BP61
W.F. Hopson for William J. Boardman at the Connecticut State Library, 1913.

Large paper japan vellum proof signed in pencil by Hopson. Image size 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" on 8 1/2" x 11" sheet. Fine. $45—

 

BP62
Rupert Hughes

Bookplate for the author depicting "Whitewood." About 2" x 2 1/2". Fine. $20—

 

BP63
Adelaide Mould Hughes

Bookplate for Rupert Hughe's wife depicting another view of "Whitewood".
About 1 3/4"x 3". Fine. $20—

 

BP64
Emil Orlik

Bookplate for the noted illustrator and designer. Done by himself. About 2 1/4" x 2 1/4". Fine.
$30—

 

BP65
John W. Jameson for
Eleanor Lydia Johnston

Accomplished in 1938 for a collection of "Romantic Literature" about 4 1/2" x 3 1/2". Fine. $30—

 

BP66
Robert Eunson for
Alice Motley Woodbury

Japan vellum proof example, depicting a windmill. Image size 2" x 3 1/4" on an 8"x 10" sheet. Fine. $30—

 

BP67
Sara B. Hill for
Eleanor Silliman Hawkes

Dated 1922. About 2 3/4" x 2 1/4". Fine. $20 —

 

BP68
Sara B. Hill for
Franklin Johnston

Fine.Dated 1918. Quotation "My Library.." About 3" x 2 1/4". Fine.$20—

 

BP69
E.B. Bird for
Phoebe Lewis Campbell

Pictured is a classical scene. About 3" x 4". Fine. $20—

 

BP70
Frank R. Rathbun for the Library of The Maine Historical Society

Pictures Joseph Walker (1800-1892) Japan vellum proof, perhaps one of thirty examples, signed by Rathbun at Auburn, N.Y. in Jan. 1898. About 3" x 4 1/2" on a 9" x 10" sheet. Fine $35—

 

BP71
James Eddy Mauran

.A rare large tissue paper proof bookplate of the first noted American bookplate collector. In the 1870's, Mauran, a resident of Newport, Rhode Island began to amass a large collection. Image size 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" on a sheet 5" x 8". Near Fine. $100—

 

BP72
Hamal Lister for
Septimus Castle, Birkenhead

1895. Large paper proof. Image size 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" on 8 1/2" x 11" sheet. Some toning, very good. $25—

 

BP73
Vadasz for George H. Corey

Color etching by Vadasz for George Henry Corey. About 4" x 5". Fine $35—. The same, but b + w. Fine $25—

 

BP74
F.V. Hadlow for
Charles Leeson Prince, 1882

Large paper proof for the astronomer, meteorologist, and inventor of "Princes's Perpetual Calender" Image size is about 4" x 6" on an 8" x 10" sheet. Fine. $30—

 

BP75
John Stokes, M.D., H.G.H.

Large paper proof for the physician. Image size about 3" x 5" on a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet. Near fine. $25—

 

BP76
Wilbur Macey Stone
for W.M.S. Engineering

Uncommon plate printed in brown on tan paper. Signed W.M.S. 1898. About 3" x 3". Fine $25—

BP77
Wilbur Macey Stone for
Lillian Newton and Wilbur Macey Stone

About 1 1/4" x 1 1/2" Fine $20—

BP78
J.W. Spenceley for Maria Lloyd King

Large paper japan vellum proof. signed J.W.S., 1895. Depicts the family estate. Image size about 2" x 3" on a 6" x 8" sheet. Fine. $30—

BP79
J.W. Spenceley for Childs Frick

Signed J.W.S., 1905. Large paper japan vellum proof for the son of industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Childs Frick established the Frick Laboratory at The American Museum of Natural History and maintained a long relationship with that institution. Image size about 2 1/4" by 3" $50—

BP80
E.D. French for
Edward Hale Bierstadt.

Brainerd 16, 1884. For the critic, essayist and political writer. Image size about 2” x 3”. Fine. Small, 3 1/2”x 41/2”. $30. Print, $25—

BP81
E.D. French for
William Augustus Brewer

Brainerd 228, 1903. Bookplate made for Reverend Brewer, who amassed a 13,000 item collection now at the University of Delaware. About 2 1/2” x 3 1/2.” Fine. $25—

BP82
E.D. French for
Lucy Coleman Carnegie

Brainerd, 91. !897. Bookplate for the sister–in–law of Andrew Carnegie and the first woman to join the N.Y. Yacht Club. Image size 2 1/4” x 3 1/2” on 4”x5” sheet Fine $30—

BP83
E.D. French for
Richard B. Coutant

Brainerd 28, 1894. For the noted bookplate collector. About 3” x 4.” Fine $30—

BP84
E.D. French for
Hiram Edmund Deats.

Brainerd 22, 1894. Deats was a noted stamp and bookplate collector and New Jersey historian. About 3 1/4” x 3 1/2.” Fine $25—

BP85
E.D. French for himself

Brainerd 3, 1893. Edwin Davis French’s “Volapuk” plate. About 2 1/2” x 3 1/4” Fine $50—

BP86
E.D. French for The Grolier Club

Brainerd 21e, 1894. Done for the New York club of book collectors. About 2 1/2” x 3 1/4” Fine $50—

BP87
E.D. French for The
Club of Odd Volumes

Brainerd 62c, 1895. For the Boston book-collecting club of which French was a member. About 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" Fine. $40 —

   

BP88
E.D. French for
Richard Southcote Mansergh

Brainerd 37, 1894. About 2 1/2" x 4" Fine. $30 —

   

 

E.D. French Bookplates

OWNER
  BRAINERD   DESCRIPTION   PRICE  
Ernest Kempton Adams   121   Print/F  
$25
 
Amy Alexander   170   Print/F  
$25
 
Charles Alexander   44   Print/F,VG  
$20/$15
 
Authors Club Library   98   Print/F  
$30
 
Ellen Walters Avery   10   Print/F  
$25
 
Bar Association N.Y.   118   Print/F  
$20
 
Bar Association N.Y.   119c   Print/VG  
$20
 
James Hale Bates   36   Small Proof/F  
$30
 
Henry Bernheim   242   Print/F  
$25
 
Edward Hale Bierstadt   16   Print/F, Small Proof  
$25/$30
 
Henry Blackwell   20   Small Proof/F  
$35
 
Caroline Seagrave Bliss   231   Print/F  
$20
 
Harriet Blair Borland   80   Print/F  
$25
 
Helen Elvira Brainerd   1   Print/Torn  
$25
 
Helen Elvira Brainerd   4   Print/F  
$35/$20
 
William Augustus Brewer   228   Print/F  
$25
 
Edward F. Burke   104   Print/VG  
$20
 
John H. Buck   166   Print/F  
$20
 
W.H. & K.F. Burnham
  213   Print/F  
$25
 
Lucy Coleman Carnegie   91   Print/F  
$30
 
Katherine Thomas Cary   257   Print/VG  
$20
 
Beverly Chew   7   Print/F  
$30
 
Child Memorial Library   100   Print/VG  
$25
 
Charles E. Clark, M.D.   8   Print/F  
$25
 
Charles E. Clark, M.D   9   Print/F  
$30
 
Clark University   232   Print/F  
$30
 
Micajah Pratt Clough   51   Print/F  
$20
 
Micajah Pratt Clough   66   Print/F  
$25
 
Richard B. Coutant   28   Print/F  
$30
 
Cushing Ex Libris Medicis   115   Print/VG  
$20
 
Hiram Edmund Deats   22   Print/F  
$25
 
The Denver Club   84c   Print/F  
$25
 
Theo. L. DeVinne   56   Print/F  
$40
 
James William Ellsworth   46   Print/VG/F   $20/$25  
Charles B. Foote   19   Print/F  
$25
 
Edwin Davis French   3   Print/F  
$50
 
Mary Brainerd French   2   Print/F  
$20/$15
 
Dorothy Furman   198   Print/F  
$20
 
Abraham Goldsmith   110   Print/F  
$20
 
Francis Bunker Greene   252   Print/F  
$20
 
The Grolier Club   21e   Print/F  
$50
 
Harbor Hill   184, 1901   Print/VG  
$20
 
Henry H. Harper   249, 1904   Print/VG  
$25
 
(Harvard) Bibliotheca Societatis
Signeti in Academia Harvardania
  181, 1901   Print/VG  
$20
 
Library Harvard Union   186a, 1901   Print/F  
$25
 
Library Harvard Union   186b, 1901   Print/F  
$25
 
Harvard Child Memorial   100, 1897   Print/F  
$30
 
Christian Archibald Herter   73, 1896   Print/VG  
$20
 
Samuel Verplanck Hoffman   248, 1904   Print/F  
$20
 
John S. Holbrook   267, 1905   Print/F  
$25
 
Alice Holden   25b, 1894   SGD, Proof/F  
$75
 
Edwin B. Holden   24, 1894   Print/VG/F  
$20/25
 
Edwin B. Holden   23, 1894   Print/VG/F
Proof
 
$20/25
$50
 
Edwin R. Holden   26, 1906   Print/F  
$25
 
Elizabeth Jordan   272, 1906   Print/F  
$20
 
OAK (Otto A. Kahn)   90, 1897   Print/F  
$30
 
Charles Conover Kalbfleisch   33, 1894   Print/F,VG  
$25/$20
 
Samuel W. Lambert   113.1898   Print/F  
$20
 
John B. Larner   173, 1900   Print/G  
$15
 
Georgia Medora Lee   253, 1904   Print/Black/VG
Print/Brown/VG
 
$20
$30
 
Marshall Gifford Lefferts   15, 1894   Print/F  
$35
 
Paul Lemperly   102, 1897   Print/VG  
$25
 
Long Island Historical Society   192, 1901   Print/VG  
$20
 
Benjamin Barnes Lovett   245b, 1904   Print/F  
$20
 
Valentine Everit Macy   68c, 1896   Print/F  
$20
 
Richard Southcote Mansergh   37, 1894   Print/F  
$30
 
Frank Evans Marshall   58c, 1895   Print/F  
$25
 
Robert H. McCarter   92, 1895   Print/F  
$20
 
Thomas Jefferson McKee   49, 1894   Print/F,VG  
$25/$20
 
Roger Bigelow Merriman   188c, 1901   Print/F  
$20
 
Mariae Gerard Messenger   54b, 1895   Print/VG  
$25
 
Esther Pierce Metcalf   281, 1906   Print/F  
$20
 
A.J. Morgan   74b, 1896  

Print/VG

 
$20
 
Wilhemus Mynderse   217b,1903   Print/F  
$25
 
Club of Odd Volumes   62c, 1895   Print/F  
$40
 
Oxford Club, Lynn   12, 1894   Print/F  
$20
 

 

 

 
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Bookplates of The Club of Odd Volumes

Bookplates of The Club of Odd Volumes......A small number of this privately-issued book are now available to the general public. There are photographs of the plates of 168 past and present members(1887-2010), one bookplate per page with descriptions , those employing color printed in color. Includes the full text of Charles Dexter Allen's "A Talk on Book-Plates" given before the Club in 1901 and heretofore only available in the very rare Club edition.Bound in full blue cloth, 6 x 9 inches, 212 pp. and issued in a very limited edition. $50 plus $5 postage.

 

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Rockwell Kent's Bookplate for John Whiting Friel

by Ben Mazer. Boston: Boss Fine Books / Boss Fine Art, 2002. The largest of the four sizes of the Kent Friel bookplate is the biggest of all Rockwell Kent bookplates. This limited edition publication features all four sizes of the original 1953 bookplate tipped in, together with a facsimile reproduction of the rare Kent Friel Society of Jesus bookplate. Designed by Jerry Kelly and finely printed by letterpress on mold-made paper. A special clothbound edition, limited to 50 copies, is numbered and signed and enclosed in a special slipcase.

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