Showing posts with label bookplates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bookplates. Show all posts

Friday, December 07, 2012

Of Bear Cubs and Bookplates

Of Bear Cubs and Bookplates
By Michael Rhode (originally appeared on Hogan's Alley's website in 2006)

Political cartoonist Clifford Berryman is largely forgotten today. When he is remembered, it is for his 1902 creation of the Teddy bear. President Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear cub while hunting, and Berryman drew his most famous cartoon, "Drawing the Line in Mississippi," showing Roosevelt's refusal. His cute cub drawing was turned into a toy Teddy bear and has comforted millions of children.

But in his day, Berryman was considered the dean of cartoonists and, according to Wendy Kail in an article on him in the International Journal of Cartoon Art, drew over 15,000 political cartoons. Like many other cartoonists, he worked in several fields including book illustration. Berryman may be the only cartoonist to have drawn bookplates--the small slip of paper glued in the front cover of a book to proclaim ownership.

Berryman's interest in doing this work may have been influenced by his daughter, Florence, who produced a slim book, Early American Bookplates (1926). The book, reprinting an article she did for the yearbook of the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers, included illustrations of American Revolution figures by her father. 

Due to the generosity of a private collector, I'm pleased to be able to present these rare examples of a cartoonist's art.














Thursday, December 06, 2012

Oddity from the Library of Congress

Government librarian Sara Duke mentioned a bookplate collection today - so I did a quick look in the Library of Congress catalogue and came up with this Bookplate of English caricaturist Phil May.
It's part of the 14,000-piece  Ruthven Deane Bookplate Collection. It's out of copyright so you can download a hi-res version.

Years ago I wrote a brief piece for Hogan's Alley about Clifford Berryman's bookplates. It doesn't appear to be online anymore, so I'll recreate it here in the next day or so.