Jul 09, 2020 - Sale 2540

Sale 2540 - Lot 295

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(BOOKPLATES.) Over 750 eighteenth-to-nineteenth-century engraved bookplates, ownership labels, bookseller's tickets, etc. collected by Pickering Dodge, Washington, D.C. Various sizes, mounted to bound album cards, most with pencil captions and categorizations by the compiler. 2 volumes. Folio, 14x12 inches, stamped cloth covers detached; some examples with modest removal damage or staining, but on the whole preserved well. Vp, vd

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A broad range of almost entirely American provenance labels compiled by renowned 'Ex-Libris' collector and advocate, Pickering Dodge. The collection presents many examples each of varied styles including Early Armorial, Jacobean, Chippendale, Ribbon and Wreath, Pictorial, Name Labels, etc. The engravers of many plates are identified: Paul Revere, Nathaniel Hurd, James Trenchard, Henry Dawkins, Bristol Ames, Joseph Callendar, W. & A.K. Johnston, Peter Rushton Maverick, James Thackara, Henry Hays, J.D. Stout, O.H. Throop, Edwin Davis French (about 20), H.T. Sears, Howard Sill, J. Winfred Spenceley, Henry C. Eno, Henry Sandham, Samuel Hollyer, William F. Hopson, C.M. Jenkes, M. Bull & T. Lee, Joseph William Simpson, and many others.

A brief and very much not in-depth accounting of the plates reveals the presence of labels from the likes of: Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence and those of his antecedents and descendents; John Mercer of Virginia, one of the witnesses to Martha Washington's will; Philip Ludwell Lee for whom Leesburg, Va is named; Major Joseph Bloomfield, Revolutionary War soldier and later Governor of New Jersey; George Washington but noted as a forgery; Richard Champion; Thomas Heyward, another signer; Alexander Melville Bell, inventor of Visible Speech, a system of instruction for the deaf and father of Alexander Graham Bell; William Emerson, father of Ralph Waldo; Killian K. Rensselaer; De Witt Clinton; John Quincy Adams; Benjamin Chambers, founder of the city of Chambersburg, Pa.; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; H.L. Mencken, a very nice selection of women's plates, and many many more authors, statesmen, politicians, aristocrats, libraries, and societies. For those inclined to this particular interest, it is a tremendous trove.