Concerning Book-Plates: A Handbook for Collectors [Bookplates Ex Libris]

By: Dixson, Zella Allen

Price: $50.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good-Very Good


First printing with “Author’s Edition” on the spine and cover. Tan cloth with black, green, lavender and blue spine and cover titles and decorations – a lovely wisteria design – 14 by 20.6 cm, frontis, xv, [2] 217 pp., illus. Darkening on the spine, light wear at the head and tail of the spine, and some very light silverfish nibbles on the back cover; the front hinge is starting to crack, but intact and stable. There is some heavy yellowing on the rear endpapers and the ghosts of objects that have been stored there over the years are very evident—one being a clipping of a type-ornament bookplate by Albert Schiller that is still in the book. The front pastedown bears Dixson’s wonderful bookplate by Spenceley, and a bookplate for Elisha Rhodes Brown, an armorial with a lovely vignette of a man paddling a canoe. There is a small label on the rear pastedown reading “Copies of this book can be obtained at any time by addressing Zella Allen Dixson, the University of Chicago,” as well as the typographic label of James Goode. A laid in errata slip states “The two blank pages at the end of the preface are inserted to permit the owner of the books to mount earlier personal plates, or those of family lines. These extra illustrations make each and every copy differ from all the others, and add that touch of individuality that lies at the heart of all our book-loving.” An additional slip advertises Dixson’s Children’s Book-Plates. An overview of the hobby and its major designers, this volume includes twenty-eight illustrations plus three engraved plates: Dixson’s bookplate designed by J.W. Spenceley in 1901 and two additional by William F. Hopson. Fuller, p. 44.

Title: Concerning Book-Plates: A Handbook for Collectors [Bookplates Ex Libris]

Author Name: Dixson, Zella Allen

Categories: Bookplates (Ex Libris),

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Chicago, Wisteria Cottage Press: 1903

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good-Very Good

Seller ID: 2700