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• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.


Troutsdale Press bookplates


Amy M Sacker.

The work of four bookplate artists printed by the Troutsdale Press, Boston, in 1903 and 1904 is contained in these small volumes at the Internet Archive. None of the artists featured are names I’d come across before. Amy M Sacker’s work is of note for being that of a woman given equal status among her male colleagues, and a nice clear-line style reminiscent of Walter Crane. The short text at the beginning of her volume runs through the history of the female contribution to bookplate art, drawing the conclusion (in the usual chauvinistic terms of the period) that women can indeed compete with men at this game.

Amy M Sacker | Elisha Brown Bird | F Arthur Jacobson | Adrian J Lorio


The artist’s own bookplate by Elisha Brown Bird.


F Arthur Jacobson.


Adrian J Lorio.

• At the LA Times: What’s sticky and can be found in old books?

Previously on { feuilleton }
Bookplates from The Studio
Yuri Yakovenko bookplates
Tranquillo Marangoni bookplates
Book-plates of To-day
Louis Rhead bookplates
Pratt Libraries Ex Libris Collection
The Evil Orchid Bookplate Contest
The art of Oleg Denysenko
David Becket’s bookplates



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2 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Lew Jaffe


    I am also a bookplate enthusiast.
    Have you designed a bookplate for yourself or for clients ?

  2. #2 posted by John


    Hi Lew. No, I’ve never designed a bookplate. I think I’d have a hard time doing one for myself, probably easier to commission one from someone else.






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