Monday, 26 November 2007
Our warm welcome to the New Australian Bookplate Society and to Prof. Dr. Mark Ferson its elected President.
This is the second bookplate society to be founded in Australia in recent years. The other is the Australian Bookplate Society, founded in Victoria, and a member of FISAE.
Australia had in the past century a very rich bookplate tradition namely through The Ex Libris Society of Australia (1922 - 1942). After a long period of eclipse, like it happened in many other countries, we are but happy to see that the flag is flying again.
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Collections, built during a lifetime with patience, cunningness and wit, in a never ending pursuit of the wanted and missing items, sometimes with sacrifices, and enriched by the collector’s research and eventually with items duly catalogued and archived, usually end up in Public Museums or Libraries – more or less hidden – or are sold in the market.
For other collectors a chance is then open to augment and improve his collection but in this case purchasing power and a bit of luck is paramount. But the collection will be inevitably dispersed, which is always sad to watch.
Brian North Lee books and bookplate collection met this fatal destiny.
Part of his fine bookplate collection was sold at Bonhams, at New Bond Street, on 13 Nov 2007, divided in lots 51-73 of the Auction Sale’s catalogue (see, The Bookplate Society website).
Especially rich in Jacobean and Chippendale British armorial bookplates, the collection was arranged for sale by albums, in some cases with more or less 500 items each, fetching prices which ranged from £ 6,200 - £ 450.
But the high point of the collection was lot 71 - «ROYALTY Seventeen albums, containing approximately 800 bookplates for members of the Royal family, British and European aristocracy and related figures» as described in Bonhams fine Catalogue. Fetching £ 6,200!
Another lot - with very sought after rare bookplates - was # 64 containing 350 Indian bookplates, was sold for £ 1,800.
Lot #65 AR containing bookplates and sketches by John Lawrence was sold at £ 1,400. (see, Sale #15232 at Bonhams on-line catalogue and sales result).
Let's hope that those fine bookplates ended up in good hands.
Brian North Lee’s library in turn is being sold by Claude Cox who has issued an on-line Catalogue 178 - Summer 2007
Last issue of «The Bookplate Journal» [Vol. 5, Nº 2, Sept. 2007) has an Obituary, by Paul Latcham.
See, also our Brian North Lee - R.I.P.
Friday, 23 November 2007
Most of his heraldic bookplates were later engraved in steel, at the request of their owners, by another distinguished Portuguese artist - the engraver António Paes Ferreira, who is a master of the burin, making them little graphic masterpieces.
The bookplate is a burin on copper (C2) by Portuguese artist Paes Ferreira. It was adapted from a drawing by Painter Almada Negreiros (1893-1970) made in 1957, originally to illustrate the front cover of a special issue magazine dedicated to H.M. Queen Elizabeth I State Visit to Portugal (18-21 February 1957).
The motto - «Honni Soit Qui Mal Y Pense» was added alluding to H.M. as Sovereign of The Most Noble Order of the Garter.
On the 50th Anniversary of Her Majesty’s memorable State Visit, the Museum of the Portuguese Presidency of the Republic has set up an Exhibition (see, http://www.museu.presidencia.pt/brightcontent_images/502_3.pdf)
Armorial bookplate, also a burin on copper by Paes Ferreira, after an XVIIIth c. engraving, with the arms of the Ducal House of Lafões, with an escutcheon with the arms of Bragança.
On Paes Ferreira see, http://www.bookplate.info/Bookplate/pferreira.htm
British soldier and Conservative politician, the son William Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle, and his wife Sophia Mary, daughter of Sir Allan Napier McNab, 1st Baronet. Lord Albemarle married Lady Gertrude Lucia, daughter of Wilbraham Egerton, 1st Earl Egerton, in 1881.
Published «Sketches in and Out of Parliament», Raphael Tuck & Sons.
Lord Albermale is the great-granduncle of H.R.H. Camila, Duchess of Cornwall and of Rothesay, married to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
Sources: The Peerage - http://www.thepeerage.com/p1652.htm#i16515
Friday, 16 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
He married, in Naples, in 17.6.1770, Giulia Carafa (b. 29-10-1755- d. 13-3-1841), dau. of Gennaro I Carafa Cantelmo Stuart (b. Naples 1-9-1715- d. 31-10-1767), 7th Prince of Roccella, Prince of the holy Roman Empire, 4th Duke of Bruzzano, 9th Marquess of Castelvetere, 3th Marquess of Brancalone, and 10th Count of Grotteria, and of his 2nd wife Principessa Teresa Carafa, 7th Duchess of Forli, 11th Duchess of Chiusa and Countess of Policastro, (b. Naples 17-4-1731 – d. 12-3-1804).
One of his sons Gennaro Serra was executed in 1799 for his involvement with the short lived pro-French Neapolitan Republic. Aftr the Restoration of the Bourbon King, the Duke and his family were exiled and went to live in Toscana and only returned to Naples in 1804.
By 1820 the Duke sold his library to Lord George John Spencer, KG PC FRS FSA, (1758 – 1834), who succeeded as 2nd Earl Spencer, in 1783, married to Lady Lavinia Bingham and brother of the famous Lady Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire. Apart from rebuilding of Althorp under Holland, he was an ardent bibliophile who owned on of the greatest and best private libraries in Europe.
His bibliomania led him to enrichen his family library with incunabula namely, by the acquisition of Count Reviczky’s library, in 1790, and three decades later, the Duke of Serra-Cassano Library, in Naples. The Spencer Library was sold in 1892, by the 5th Earl Spencer to Mrs. Ryland and is now at the John Rylands University Library.
Line engraving by Raphael Sanzio Cavaliere Morghen (1758-1833)
During his career, Morghen both lived and worked in Naples, Rome and in Florence. In total he executed over two hundred and fifty-two original engravings after the art of such masters as Raphael, Titian, Bronzino, Correggio and Matteini. He was a member of Italy's most prestigious academies and of the French Institute. Morghen was also appointed the principle Professor of the Academy at Florence by the Grand Duke Ferdinand III (1793). From this position he influenced an entire generation of early nineteenth century engravers.» (from http://www.artoftheprint.com/artistpages/morghen_raphael_angelicaandmedoro.htm)