Thursday, 31 January 2008

Plamena Doycheva

New Bookplate by Plamena Doycheva (Bulgaria)

Inscr.: Ex Libris José Vicente de Bragança

Theme: «The Four Elements»

Tech.: C3/5 cols.

Opus: # 17

Year: 2008

About the «Four Elements» of ancient Greece Philosophy – Fire, Water, Earth & Air, see:

Friday, 4 January 2008

H. M. King Juan Carlos I

His Majesty King D. Juan Carlos I, of Spain (b. on 5 January, 1938, in Rome)

The son of H.R.H. D. Juan de Borbon y Battenberg, Count of Barcelona and Head of the Royal House of Spain and H.R.H. D. Maria de las Mercedes de Borbon y Orleans and grandson of H.M. King D. Alfonso XIII.
His Majesty married H.M. Queen Sofia, born Princess of Greece and Denmark, in Athens, on 2nd November 1938, daughter of H.M. King Paul I of Greece and Queen Frederica, born Princess Frederica of Hannover.
Prince D. Juan Carlos was educated in Spain – the Royal Family living in Portugal – and was proclaimed King of Spain after Francisco Franco’s death, on 22dn November 1975. He then started the complicated process of introducing democracy in Spain through the active support of reforms led his appointed new Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez which included the legalization of political parties, the first general democratic elections and the approval of a new Constitution in 1978. His role in the attempted coup d’état on 23 February 1981 was paramount to democracy in Spain by proclaiming his unambiguous support for the legitimate democratic government.

This very simple bookplate bearing the Collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece, of which H. M. is Chief and Sovereign, with his monogram surmounted by the Royal Crown is used in the books of H. M.’s private Library.

Bibliography: Bouza, Antonio L., El Ex-Libris Tratado general. Su historia en la coroña española, Madrid, Patrimonio Nacional, 1990.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Major John Roland Abbey

Major John Roland Abbey (1894 – 1969)

He was the son of William Henry Abbey and married Lady Ursula Helen Cairns, daughter of Wilfred Dallas Cairns, 4th Earl Cairns and Olive Cobbold. Served in WWI and WWII.
Major Roland Abbey was one of the greatest bibliophiles of his time, begun collecting books in 1929 and having formed a superb collection of illuminated manuscripts and illustrated books. The latter were sold in the 1950’s to the American collector Paul Mellon who after his death in 1999 were bequeathed to Yale University.
Part of the Library was sold by Sotheby’s (see, Catalogue of The Celebrated Library of (The Late) Major J. R. Abbey, vols 1-7, London : Sotheby & Co. (1966-)1970.
«Maj. J. R. Abbey's book collection was the largest and one of the most remarkable of his generation. He is perhaps best known for his collection of color-plate books and fine bindings, but he also collected many illuminated manuscripts and at one time owned seven books from the library of the sixteenth-century French book collector Jean Grolier. Abbey was one of the first to collect neglected minor works and bought copies of them in their original wrappered parts. From the beginning it was the appearance of books that appealed to him, and two Arts Council exhibitions of bindings from his collection show that he was attracted by the strong geometric patterning and vibrant colors of contemporary English and French binders. Although he was not a scholar, he was an avid visitor of libraries and bookshops, making note of his own observations and also drawing on the advice of distinguished scholars such as A. N. L. Munby and G. D. Hobson when adding to his collection.» apud Dictionary of Literary Biography on Maj. J. R. Abbey
Bibliography: ABBEY, JOHN ROLAND, A Bibliographic Catalogue from the Library of J.R. Abbey. 4 vols, 1952.

Engraved by J. F. Badeley, 1920
Arms: quarterly: 1 and 4, gules on a fess argent between in chief three lozenges and in base a galley argent, a bird volant of the first; 2 & 3, or three pallets gules a chief vair argent and azure. Crest: an eagle displayed between two crosses crosslet or.
Motto: Nobiscum quis contra

Goodricke, Barts.of Ribstone

Goodricke, Barts. of Ribstone

F12193 – Armorial spade shield with supporters. The Franks Bookplate Collection Catalogue considers it as being probably the plate of the 6th baronet.

Arms - Argent on a Fess Gules between two Lions passant guardant Sable a Fleur de lis in flower for difference of the first between two Crescents Or.
Crest - A Demi Lion Sable armed and langued Gules issuant out of a wreath Argent and Gules holding in his paws a Battle-axe Argent helved proper.
Motto: Loyal Yet Free

Sir Henry Goodricke, 6th Bart of Ribstone (d 20.03.1802) was the son of Henry Goodricke (born at Boulogne, on 6th April 1741 - dvp 09.07.1784), who served as a diplomat in the Low Countries and published a book in Latin on jurisprudence, in Groningen, and Levina Benjamina Sesster (b 20.10.1767), dau of Peter Sesster, of Namur.

Sir Henry married (1796) Charlotte Fortescue daughter of the Right Hon. James Fortescue, of Ravensdale Park, in Ireland, and sister to William Charles, second Viscount Clermont.

Succeeded his grandfather Sir John Goodricke, 5th Bart of Ribstone, P.C., (b 20.05.1708, d 03.08.1789) married to Mary Benson natural dau of Robert Benson, 1st Lord Bingley. In 1773, George Fox Lane, second Baron Bingley, left his domain of Bramham Park and many other properties to Sir John and Lady Goodricke, for their live.

Sir Henry descends from another Sir Henry Goodricke (1617-16709), knighted by Charles I and a Royalist, being the first Baronet, created August 14, 1641.
His elder brother was a famous astronomer who became FRS - John Goodricke 1764-1786
The Goodricke Family had other members with bookplates wish we will publish in due time.

Charles Alfred Goodricke,
Incidents in the lives of some of the Goodrickes of Yorkshire from 1490 to 1833 with a Brief History of Ribston Hall from 1086 to 1833. Revised and Reprinted June 1991, Antony A Goodricke Young, 1316 Krise Circle, Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.A. 24503.

Vaughan - Wales

Wilmot Vaughan, (1730–1800), 4th Viscount Lisburne & 1st Earl of Lisburne, co. Antrim (cr. 1776)

Baron Fethard, of Feathered in the County of Tipperary (Ireland, cr. 1695)
Arms: Quarterly: sable, a chevron, between three fleurs-de-lis, argent (Vaughan); sable (?) on a fesse or, between three eagles' heads couped argent, as many escallops gules (Wilmot).
Crest: On a wreath an armed arm, bent at the elbow, brandishing a fleur-de-lis, all proper;
Supporters: Dexter, a dragon reguardant, wings elevated vert; sinister, a unicorn reguardant argent, armd, unguled, maned, and truffed or, each gorged ith a plain collar sabl, fimbriated and charged with three fleurs-de-lis argnt, and chained gold.
Motto: Non Revertar nultus
The Franks Catalogue mentions F30255, very similar to this item, except for the inscription and attributed to the 3rd Viscount Lisburne, father of the above. It is probably the same plate reworked after the creation of the Earldom in 1766 used by the 4th Viscount or, else, his father's bookplate with the name altered.

He was the son of Wilmot Vaughan, 3rd Viscount Lisburne and Elizabeth Watson. He married, firstly Elizabeth Nightingale and secondly, Dorothy Shafto, daughter of John Shafto, of Whitworth, county Durham.
An M.P. for Cardiganshire and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The Vaughans are one of the oldest Houses in Wales.