If I’m fit and well in four years time I shall be off to university at Cambridge. No, not Harvard, but to one of England’s historic cities, where The Bookplate Society is proposing to hold the 38th International Exlibris Congress, commencing Wednesday, 12 August 2020. Already some impressive groundwork is in place, which you can see by visiting the website at
www.bookplatesociety.org/2020home.htm and linked pages.
The formula of taking over a College worked very well in 1982 when the 19th congress took place at Keble College, Oxford. Since then the quality of student rooms has greatly improved, and the intended venue, Churchill College, offers good modern accommodation, including a newly-opened bedroom block with elevator. The ancient aspects of Cambridge will be appreciated through tours of colleges and libraries, and by the formal dinner being held in the old dining hall of St John’s College.
It appears that the organizers will be introducing some innovations, and with good forward planning in evidence this promises to be a busy and hugely enjoyable event. I can understand that there is intense competition to hold conferences in Oxford & Cambridge colleges, hence the need for very early booking.
Of course this all presupposes that, when they meet on 26 August 2016, FISAE delegates will vote to adopt this proposal, but the present troubles in Turkey (which held a congress as recently as 2010) don’t make it an attractive alternative for me. So I plan to book my place at Cambridge as soon as registration opens, and thus to get a 10% reduction in the participation fee. However, don’t expect to see me on the river in a punt!
Bookplate Exhibit Currently in Whittier California
George Washington Bookplates as well as other 18th century American bookplates are currently on display at The Whittier public Library located at 7344 Washington Ave. Whittier California 90602
Tel. # 562 567 9900
Among the other highlights in the exhibit are the very rare Gabriel Johnston bookplate as well as examples of plates by Nathaniel Hurd, Amos Doolittle, and Paul Revere.
The bookplates were provided by fellow collector Jerry Peterson and new examples from his extensive collection will be added every few months.
Bugs Beasts and Birds
I am sorting through a very fine collection of bookplates that were originally owned by a herpetologist, It contains lots of snake related plates along with insects and all sorts of critters. In addition many bookplates were from scientists and physicians at the University of Chicago.
So far I have selected about thirty bookplates for my own collection.
Here are some examples.
An article about the Emil August Goldi bookplate. *
Bookplate of the week: Emil August Göldi
Jun 1st, 2012 by houghtonmodern
Dr. Hugo Kahl Affiliated with the Carnegie Museum
C. de Mello Leitao
A zoologist considered the founder of Arachnologyin South America - who has published 198 articles on taxonomy of arachnids .
He was also an educator, writing books for college courses . He contributed to biogeography , studies on the distribution of members of the class Arachnida in the South American continent.
Dr.Frank J. Psota was an Insect Collector
Notes From Lew
Throughout the week I will be adding more images to this posting .
* Here are more postings from Harvard's Bookplate of the week series: