A Descriptive Checklist of the Etched and Engraved Book Plates by J. Winfred Spenceley. With Notes and Introduction by Pierre de Chaignon la Rose.
One hundred and thirty-five catalogued bookplates are described in great detail. The majority are designed by J. Winfred Spenceley, but other designers include Bruce Rogers, Sara Whitman, E.B. Bird, Noble Ives, and so forth.
A Boston-native, Spenceley “learned to engrave with J. A. Lowell & Co., of Boston, and was with that firm in 1882-87 ... While in the employ of J. A. Lowell & Co., Mr. Spenceley worked upon several book plates, including one for Oliver Wendell Holmes. The freedom of design and the variety incidental to book plate work appealed to him, and he later made a specialty of this branch of engraving, designing as well as engraving the plates. Among the more important book-plates made by Mr. Spencelev may be noted the following; The plate for the Boston Public Library and those for Harvard, Dartmouth, Michigan, Ohio State, and Missouri Universities.” (Falk’s)
Description: A Descriptive Checklist of the Etched and Engraved Book Plates by J. Winfred Spenceley. With Notes and Introduction by Pierre de Chaignon la Rose.
Boston: The Troutsdale Press, 1905. First edition. Octavo. Portrait frontis, 56 pp. Limited to 250 copies; this example is not hand-numbered. Publisher’s gilt-lettered dark blue cloth. A very good copy.