Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My friendly neighborhood bookbinder comes through again!

If I were not a believer in bookbinders being a solid source for good material then I surely am now after receiving today's mail!  My second package from a bookbinder here in Georgia came today and it was loaded with goodies.  21 plates in all and some are shown below.  The choicest pieces were a P. Maverick, 2 E.D. French plates (a Crear Library was in the package but it is a duplicate so it is available for trading), a nice Ames & Rollinson plate, and several other armorials of important people!  Here they are:


Maverick plate - my first one ever and it is a beauty!  The only good information that I could find on the good de Rham was from a Sotheby's auction of his belongings.  It is as follows:

The desk-and-bookcase was made for Henry Casimir De Rham, (born 1785 in Brunswick, England, died 1863, New York) and his wife Maria Moore De Rham, of New York. Henry Casimir De Rham served as the Swiss Consul General and was deeply involved in many of the French and Swiss immigrants in New York. Upon his arrival in New York in 1805 he founded a mercantile firm of De Rham, Iselin and Moore with offices at 114 Washington Street. The De Rhams lived at 24 Fifth Avenue, in a home that remained in the family into the twentieth century. Their daughter, Julia, married into the Schmidt family, and it is her printed label that appears on the interior of the desk section. For more information on the De Rham and Schmidt families please see the 1899 book, Smaller New York and Family Reminiscences; De Rham, Schmidt, Bache, Barclay, and Paul Richard.

John Chandler Bancroft Davis , as taken from Wikipedia:
John Chandler Bancroft Davis (December 22, 1822 – December 27, 1907), commonly known as Bancroft Davis, was an American lawyer, judge, diplomat, and president of Newburgh and New York Railway Company.

This one is also a duplicate and available for a trade!

I am not 100% sure but I do believe this plate to belong to the Joseph Hodgson as described in the following Wikipedia entry.
Joseph Hodgson (1788–1869) was a British physician, former president of the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London, surgeon at Birmingham General Hospital and author of the treatise On Wounds and Diseases of Arteries and Veins. He was a well-known Quaker.
Hodgson is best known for his description of Hodgson's disease, an aneurysmal dilatation of the proximal part of the aorta, often accompanied by dilatation or hypertrophy of the heart.
He is buried at Highgate Cemetery, London.

More biographical information from the Wonderful Wikipedia:
William Handy Ludlow (April 2, 1821 Yonkers, Westchester County, New York - September 26, 1890 Oakdale, Suffolk County, New York) was an American politician.

He was the son of Ezra Ludlow and Rachel Seguine. He married Frances Louisa Nicoll, heiress of the Nicoll estate around Islip on Long Island, New York. Their sons were Nicoll Ludlow and General William Ludlow.

He was a Democratic member from Suffolk County of the New York State Assembly, and was Speaker in 1853.  In 1854, he ran for Lieutenant Governor of New York on the ticket with Horatio Seymour, but was defeated.  He was a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention.  In 1889, he sold "Oakdale Farm", a 400-acre (1.6 km2) estate, to Frederick Gilbert Bourne.

Unknown bookplate - I wish I could figure this one out.  Something about it is very cool though!  Maybe the impaled head?

Lucy Wharton Drexel - bio information taken from

Lucy Wharton Drexel (1867-1944), an heiress from Philadelphia, was the second daughter of Joseph W. Drexel, the philanthropist and co-founder of Drexel, Morgan & Co., and Lucy Wharton. In 1890, Lucy Drexel married Eric B. Dahlgren, a son of Admiral John A. Dahlgren, the famous naval officer who made his fortune from the design and patents for the "Dahlgren Gun" used in the Civil War. Following their society wedding, which was performed by Archbishop Corrigan in the Philadelphia Cathedral, the Dahlgrens moved to New York City where Eric would have a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. The Dahlgrens raised eight children in their residence at 812 Madison Avenue, and also maintained a country home in Lawrence, L.I. In January 1912, Lucy Dahlgren's conservative and staunchly Catholic mother died. Two months later, on March 23, 1912, Mrs. Dahlgren sued her husband for a decree of absolute divorce, charging that he was guilty of misconduct on March 13 and 14 of the previous week with an unnamed co-respondent in an apartment house at 54 East 59th Street. To avoid further unpleasantness during the highly-publicized and scandalous divorce proceedings, Mrs. Dahlgreen left the case in the hands of attorneys and took her children abroad.

Mr. Libbey was quite the Renaissance Man and I am proud to have his plate in my collection!

William A. Libbey III  (March 27, 1855 – September 6, 1927) was an American professor of physical geography at Princeton University. He was twice a member of the U.S. Olympic Rifle Team, and rose to the rank of colonel in the New Jersey National Guard. He is also known for his first ascent of Mount Princeton in 1877.

I couldn't find details on V.D. Galton.  The plate is signed with initial "JB".  Any help on this would be appreciated!

OK, the only bio info I could find on Mathias Noheimer was from  I'm not convinced it is the same person but that is such an unusual name that maybe it just is thew same guy.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Museum, 1932, 1934
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1935
Cincinnati New Group, 1935, 1936
American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1945
Direct Mail Advertising Association, 1944 Prize winner
His work is in many public and private collections, mainly in the Cincinnati area.  Noheimer illustrated several books, including Any Day Now, 1938, A Baker's Dozen, 1939, and Ali Baba, in 1943.
Who's Who 1947

And last but not least is the fantastically hip bookplate for one Clarence Brown.  No info could be found but this is one groovy plate!

I probably won't get another entry out until after Christmas so to all of you out there.....Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Chanukah, and Happy Hunting!


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