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You may be aware of an earlier project, Australian literature on bookplates: a bibliography (1899-1988) compiled by Mark Ferson and published by the Book Collectors’ Society of Australia in 1988. There have long been plans to produce a second edition, and it WILL happen one day, but in the meantime it seems an obvious matter to use the Society’s website as a vehicle for a running update to the Bibliography.

The bibliography is provided in sections by year, and within year entries are organised alphabetically by author name. The use of [square brackets] indicates a known or assumed author whose name does not appear directly on the original cited text. The purpose of the annotation is to identify designers of any bookplates reproduced in the listed item and to record any other information of bookplate historical interest.

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2011

Chappell, John. Henry, his roses, four siblings and their francophile brother – a memoir on the Quinns' 52-year residency in Petersham, in, K Sutton, R Blair, L Beach (eds), Marrickville: a past worth preserving. Marrickville: Marrickville Heritage Society, 2011; pp. 54-60

A note on the Quinn family, with details of the career of John Joseph, who became NSW Parliamentary Librarian, and showing his bookplate by Lionel Lindsay.

Clifford-Smith, Silas. Percy Lindsay, artist & bohemian. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011; pp. 46, 49-50

Shows previously unrecorded pen and ink bookplate for W W Woodland, by Percy Lindsay, dated 1917.

Ferguson, James. John Alexander Ferguson: preserving our past, inspiring our future. Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2011; pp. between 64-5, 154

Shows Ferguson's bookplate by Lionel Lindsay (1914); describes commissioning of design for the NLA Ferguson collection by G C Ingleton.

Ferson, Mark J. Harrie P Mortlock and the Beacon Press, Sydney. Script & Print (Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand), vol. 35, no. 2, Jun. 2011, pp. 80-98

Attempt to raise the profile of the little known proprietor of the semi-private press which printed Barnett's beautiful bookplate and Japanese print books as well as the Australian Ex Libris Society Year Books; cover image is Mortlock's own bookplate design.

Ferson, Mark J. Collecting: pastime or passion. RACP News, vol. 31, no. 5, Oct. 2011, pp. 42-3

The author was leant upon to reveal his leisure pursuits; with reproduction of two bookplates by M Ferson.

Grow, Robin. Napier and Christian Waller (Bookplates), in, Delightfully Deco. Albury (NSW): Albury City Council, 2011; p. 93

Well illustrated catalogue of the 'Albury delightfully Deco' exhibition held from 9 July to 9 October 2011. Shows one bookplate by Napier and two by Christian Waller.

Kells, Stuart. Rare: a life among antiquarian books. Sydney: Folio, 2011; pp. 265-83

A biography of Melbourne bookseller Kay Craddock who handled a number of important collections of bookplates and associated material, including those of John Gartner and James R Dickson; image of Gartner catalogue featuring his bookplate by Allan Jordan.

Littlewood, Robert C. Lionel Lindsay. The printmaker's printmaker. Melbourne: Douglas Stewart Fine Books, 2011. 48pp. Standard (paperbound) edition of 1000 copies, deluxe edition (cloth) of 160 copies.

Catalogue essay by Littlewood; includes reproductions of bookplates at nos. 87-98.

McDonald, Brian. George Mackaness: an intriguing insight. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, no. 371/372, Sep.-Dec. 2011, pp. 134-40.

Mackaness as a promoter of Australian historical writing, particularly in reference to the First Fleet; image of Mackaness 'Bountiana' bookplate by G C Ingleton.

Middlemis, Cas. Finding Netherby and its custodian Robert Pulleine. Australian Garden History, vol. 22, no. 3, Jan.-Mar. 2011, pp. 6-11

Thanks to Richard Heathcote for this item; shows Pulleine's bookplate by SA artist F Millward Grey.

Miller, Steven. Art Gallery of New South Wales Research Library and Archive. Imprint , vol. 46, no. 2, Winter 2011, p. 21

Article on book and bookplate collections held, illustrated with Irena Sibley bookplate for Pat Corrigan.

Milthorpe, Naomi. Evelyn Waugh His Book. Script & Print, Vol. 35, no. 4, Dec. 2011, pp. 219-23, front cover

Describes and reproduces two bookplates, one armorial, and one typographic in Waugh's personal library held in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre, University of Texas at Austin.

Stitz, Charles. The story of Australian book collectors. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, no. 370, Jun. 2011, pp. 51-66

Stitz provides precis of some of the collectors described more fully in his book; includes images of the bookplates of 9 collectors.

2010

Brunton, Paul and Richard Neville. 2010 centenary guide. One hundred. Celebrating the Mitchell Library centenary 1910-2010. State Library of NSW, Sydney, 2010

Includes image of the D S Mitchell armorial bookplate.

Bidgood, Jeff. An Australian bookplate. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, nos. 365-6,  March-June 2010, pp. 27-32

Describes detective work involved in identifying the bookplate of Katherine Shaw of 'Wooriwyrite'.

Contributors, The. December 2008 Sydney show & tell meeting. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, nos. 365-6,  March-June 2010, p. 20

 

Note of presentation by M Ferson on manuscript ex libris, with illustration of design for W J Rock.

d'Apice, Richard. Lachlan Macquarie, fifth governor of New South Wales, Scots clansman and armiger. Heraldry News, no. 55, Nov. 2010, pp. 3-40

Shows a bookplate used by Lachlan Macquarie's son (Lachlan jnr) and found in two editions of the Book of common prayer held in the Mitchell Library.

Littlewood, Robert C. Ex Libris: K Brian Stonier. Lytlewode Press, Stoke-on-Trent, 2010. Edition of 275 copies signed by the author.

One of a series of booklets published by the author in England but primarily distributed in Australia and on entirely Australian bookplates subjects; includes a copy of the etched design by Lionel Lindsay.

Pitt, Elspeth. Ex libris: the printed image and the art of the book. Imprint, vol. 45, no. 1, autumn 2010, p. 14

An introduction to the exhibition of the same name held at the Art Gallery of South Australia from February to May 2010.

Stitz, Charles. Australian book collectors: some noted Australian book collectors and collections of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Bread Street Press, Bendigo, 2010.

Stitz uses bookplates and other marks of ownership to illustrate many of the entries in this valuable contribution to the topic.

Taylor, Brian. Launch of Jeff Bidgood's Mark Ferson: bookplate artist (Studies in Australian Bibliophily, no. 7) at the BCSA meeting in Summer Hill on 6 March 2010. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, nos. 365-6,  March-June 2010, pp. 37-40

With photo of author, artist and launcher; also image of bookplate by M Ferson for his mother Ida Ferson.

Whiteway, Penelope. 'Bookplates', in, Roslyn Follett (ed.). Found in Fryer: stories from the Fryer Library Collection. University of Queensland Library, Brisbane, 2010, pp. 76-7

Refers to bookplates in the Hayes Collection such as that by Lionel Lindsay for Margaret Reynolds and other bookplate donations to the library; includes images of Lindsay's design for M Reynolds, and of the copper etching plate for this design.

Bidgood, Jeff. Some reminiscences of the BCSA. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, nos. 361-2,  March-June 2009, pp. 4-12

Designs by N Lindsay, A O Spare, Unk White, R Lindsay, G D Perrottet for prominent early members of the Society.

Bidgood, Jeff. Mark Ferson, bookplate artist (Studies in Australian Bibliophily, number 7). Book Collectors' Society of Australia, Sydney, 2009. Edition of 50 numbered copies signed by the author and artist.

Reproduces 34 designs carried out in a variety of mediums between 1979 and 2004, a note on each owner, portraits of the author and artist, and lists of the artist's bookplate articles and talks.

Downer, Christine. This book belongs to … European bookplate collections in the State Library of Victoria. La Trobe Journal, no. 84, December 2009, pp. 60-75

Extensive discussion of the Politzer and Gartner bookplate collections held by the SLV and how they came to be there; designs by T Bewick, BUKO, Sumiko Euki, M Kislinger, E Kotrba, J Lukavsky, T Marangoni, D Riley, Hitoshi Seimiya, L Wyatt, Motoi Yanagida.

Ives, Alan. Robert Thorburn Turnbull; his bookplate by D H Souter. Margin, no. 77, April 2009, pp. 39-40

Describes provenance and associations of a book found at a Lifeline book fair (Canberra), illustrated by the Souter bookplate.

King, Richard. Adrian Feint's bookplates, in, Richard Heathcote (ed.), Adrian Feint: Cornucopia. Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2009, pp. 32-5

From an essay first published in Newsletter no. 8, reproduces 5 of Feint's designs with a portrait of the artist. The book as a whole covers varying aspects of his life and work, with extensive illustrations in colour, and was published to accompany the exhibition at Carrick Hill, Adelaide.

McMullin, Brian J. Domestic—colonial—domestic. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, nos. 361-2,  March-June 2009, pp. 29-37

Prize bookplate from Heathcote Road Wesleyan Sunday School, Longton (UK).

Among ways of interesting children in reading, this section inspired by the bookplate exhibition at the State Library of Queensland October 2007 to January 2008.

2007

Contributors, The. The December 2006 Show & Tell meeting in Sydney. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, no. 354, Jun. 07, pp. 50-57

One of the ‘contributors’ was M Ferson who handed around a copy of a book on the graphic arts of the Belgian Victor Stuyvaert, with his bookplate for J L Mullins reproduced.

Davies, Antony. Telling a book by its (inside) cover. Australian, 14 Mar. 2007, Wealth 8

This article tends to concentrate on the market value of some Australian bookplates at what seem to be inflated prices. But perhaps they are not, when they are viewed as original and perhaps rare prints by desirable artists such as Norman Lindsay and Adrian Feint.

[Ellis, Elizabeth & Paul Brunton]. A grand obsession: The D S Mitchell story. State Library of NSW, 2007

Published in association with the exhibition of the same name, Mitchell’s armorial bookplate features on the inside front cover and on p.18.

Ferson, Mark J. Australian bookplates of the 1890s: art nouveau experiments by Australian artists. World of Antiques & Art, no. 73, Aug. 07 to Feb. 08, pp.134-6

The author draws comparisons between English art nouveau graphics of the 1890s, including bookplates promoted by Studio magazine, and early pictorial designs by N Lindsay, T Roberts, D H Souter, E Mort, S Long, J Shirlow and T Proctor.

Ferson, Mark J. Blanche Milligan’s bookplate letters. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, no. 353, Mar. 07, pp. 22-5

Highlights of a small collection of papers of one of the earliest of Sydney collectors, spanning the period 1912 to 1932; with portrait, and designs by D H Souter and W P Barrett.

Gaunt, Heather. The library of Robert Carl Sticht. La Trobe Journal, no. 79, Autumn 2007, pp. 5-26

Analysis of Sticht’s large library based on his letters and compiled catalogue, depicts two of his 3 bookplates (p. 13), by Osboldstone & Co., Melbourne, and John Shirlow.

Gosling, Andrew. Jessie McLaren: an Australian in Korea. National Library of Australia News, Aug. 07, pp. 11-14

Bookplate marking a collection of books formerly belonging to McLaren given by her daughter Rachel Human to the NLA.

Kraal, Diane. From Chatswood to Edo: the life and books of P Neville Barnett, Melbourne, the author, 2007. Numbered edition of 30 copies.

This distillation of the author’s doctoral thesis provides a fascinating glimpse into Barnett’s life and the difficulties he faced in producing possibly the most beautiful books ever produced in Australia; his bookplate by Edward Warner reproduced on rear cover.

Nugent, Ann. ”Ex libris” stories to tell … National Library of Australia News, vol. 17, no. 8, May 2007, pp. 3-6

The writer draws examples from the large bookplate collection of the National Library and really brings to life the colourful owners of some of these plates.

Stewart, Elaine. Eureka – it’s a David Scott Miitchell. atmitchell, vol. 3, no. 2, Jul. 07, pp. 8-9

Describes library volunteers sifting thorugh every book in the libray to identify whether it had once belonged to D S Mitchell; depicts his armorial bookplate, with the motto ‘Eureka’.

Tiffin, Craig. Father Hayes' literature collection. Fryer Folios, vol. 2, no. 2, Dec. 07, pp. 18-20

In issue devoted to the Hayes collection, this article about books and manuscripts of literary interest shows Timothy Cole's bookplate for H T Radin and Lionel Lindsay's design for H L White.

Wishart, Alison. Ex libris: bookplates for our collections (Exhibition preview). Imprint, vol. 42, no. 3, Spring 2007, p. 3

Short preview of upcoming exhibition at the State Library of Queensland, illustrated with a humorous modern linocut bookplate by Ron McBurnie and and etched design by C W Sherborn for Robert Cutting.

2006

Close, Cecily. Arthur Greening, publisher of The Scarlet Pimpernel. La Trobe Journal, no. 78, Spring 2006, pp. 39-55

Shows the bookplate for Arthur Greening by David Whitelaw, 1906.

d'Apice, Richard J W. The heraldry of Sir John Forrest GCMG (1847-1918).  Heraldry News (Journal of Heraldry Australia Inc), no. 43, Nov. 2006, pp. 19-35

Detailed examination of use of arms by Forrest with reproduction of his bookplate by Wyon and an unattributed family design.

[Dalby, Alyson.] Physician leaders in the History of Medicine Library. RACP [Royal Australasian College of Physicians] News, Aug. 2006, p. 17

Mentions Sir Edward Ford as benefactor of the Library (located in Sydney) and shows his bookplate by N Lindsay.

Ferson, Mark J. Bookplates of Lena Cohn in Das kleine Schmetterlingsbuch. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, no. 350, Jun. 2006, pp. 62-3

Note regarding a European émigré to Australia via Palestine and the two (unsigned) bookplates adorning one of her books dating from the 1930s and 1947.

[Ferson, Mark J.] New Australian Bookplate Society. Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries, no. 352, Dec. 2006, pp. 136-7

Draws attention to the meeting to found the Society which had been held in Sydney on 22 October 2006; Mark Ferson elected President and Mary Keep, Secretary, with contact details.

Kraal, Diane. The print world of P. Neville Barnett [exhibition catalogue]. La Trobe University Art Museum and Collections, Bundoora, Victoria, 6 Jun. – 14 Jul. 2006

Mainly an essay by the curator with a series of sub-headings: ‘Bookplate art’, ‘Changing themes’, ‘Barnett’s Japanese contacts’ and ‘Barnett’s legacy’; the latter draws attention to the beautiful books he left and the new scholarship (for the Western world) on Japanese woodblock art. Inserted is a listing of works in the exhibition.

Lightbourne, Ruth. Bookplates, book labels, and handwritten inscriptions in a New Zealand colonial library. Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand Bulletin, vol. 28, no. 3, 2004, pp. 62-77 (publication date, 2006)

Refers to bookplates as marks of provenance in books donated in the second half of the nineteenth century to the General Assembly Library, forerunner of the N.Z. Parliamentary Library, and now in the Mangaroa Collection of the National Library of New Zealand. Most were donated by English owners, and are marked by armorial plates or labels dating from the eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries. Four designers are identified: J. Cross & Son (for Felix Wakefield), Huntly of 74 Bond Street (for Sir Stamford Raffles), Henry Hays of 168 Regent Street (for Marmaduke Constable Maxwell) and Cleghorn (for James Heywood Markland).

 

Littlewood, Robert C. Six bookplates engraved by David Frazer. Lytlewode Press, Stoke-on-Trent, 2006. Edition of 150 copies signed by the author.

Brief introduction followed by six tipped-in original wood engravings; although published in England, this book was planned in part to raise the profile of the Melbourne-based Australian Bookplate Society. The colophon states that 'one copy of the book has been given to the President of each of the Ex Libris societies throughout the world in the spirit of international Bookplate fellowship.'

McLean, Dineke. Book plates or ex libris. Deckle Edge (Newsletter of Papermakers of Victoria Inc.), vol. 18. no. 5, Sep.-Oct. 2006, pp. 10-11

This article encourages readers to design their own bookplates, illustrated with designs by Andre Vlaanderen and by primary school children.

Struve, Walter. ‘Dedicated to the promotion of international understanding’: a memorial for Kurt Offenburg at the State Library. La Trobe Journal, no. 78, Spring 2006, pp. 56-70

Typographic bookplate from 1950 marking the ‘Kurt Offenburg Memorial Collection’ in the State (then Public) Library of Victoria.

Tindal, Marilyn. [Letter]. Deckle Edge (Newsletter of Papermakers of Victoria Inc.), vol. 18. no. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2006, p. 11

A reader's response to the D McLean item, showing a calligraphic bookplate for her own use printed on hand-made paper.


2005


Braye, Donna. The Mosman Local Studies Collection. Australiana, vol. 27, no. 4, Nov. 2005, pp. 17-22

Describes the eclectic nature of the collection, such as memorabilia donated by Dame Winfreda Isabel Ashton, including the Lionel Lindsay bookplate for Will Ashton.

Warner, Colin and  Mark Hildebrand.
The charm of the bookplate, in, Heritage collection, Nelson Meers Foundation, 2005. Sydney, State Library of New South Wales, 2005, pp. 40-41

Introduction to bookplates, with reproductions of three designs by A Feint and one by Lionel Lindsay, forming one section in the catalogue issued to accompany the survey exhibition of the library’s heritage collection.

2004


Allen, Lindsay. Personal bookplates. History, no. 80, Jun. 2004, p. 1

Introduction by the issue’s guest editor to the theme of the June issue; illustrated with his bookplate by Nathanial S. Cliff. The front cover shows bookplates by Sybil Craig and G D Perrottet, and a reproduction of an advertisement for Turner & Henderson, Sydney, engravers and embossers, who were responsible for many armorial bookplates; on p. 16 a bookplate by Karna Birmingham, with no associated text.

Allen, Lindsay. Classic writings on Australian personal bookplates. History, no. 80, Jun. 2004, p. 6

Very brief overiew of the Australian vogue for bookplates in the 1920s and 1930s, ending on a positive note: ‘… but as other articles in HISTORY magazine will show, bookplates are making a revival.’ Illustrated with a design each by Harry Weston and N Lindsay.

Allen, Lindsay. Barnett and the Beacon Press. History, no. 80, Jun. 2004, pp. 7-8

Notes on each of Barnett’s four bookplate books and a mention of the recent publication of Don Roberts, Rockwell Kent: The art of the bookplate (San Francisco, Fair Oaks Press, 2003). Bookplates by R Kent, E Thake and Barnett’s own photographic portrait plate are shown.

Hubber, Brian. Leading by example: Barry in the library. La Trobe Journal, no. 73, Autumn 2004, pp. 68-74

Describes the requirement for each book of the Melbourne Public Libray to have a stamp on the cover (supra-lobros) and shows images of two versions

Edquist, Harriet. Harold Desbrowe-Annear. A life in architecture. Melbourne, The Miegunyah Press, 2004, pp. 47-50, 222-3

Edquist makes an important mention of the bookplate competition held by the T Square Club in 1900, which Desbrowe-Annear won. She refers to and reproduces the bookplate by M Napier Waller for the architect and alludes to his library which included a copy of W T Hardy’s Bookplates.

Ferson, Mark J. Bookplates in Australia: a brief medical history. History of Medicine Library Newsletter (Royal Australasian College of Physicians), vol. 1, no. 2, Sep. 2004, pp. 2-3

Very brief overview with emphasis on medical bookplates, reproducing those by L Lindsay, N Lindsay, M FitzJames.

Jack, Ian. Colonial bookplates in a country-house library. History, no. 80, Jun. 2004, p. 9

An analysis of the early bookplates of the Macarthur family of Camden Park, highlighting some pitfalls in using bookplates to date precisely the ownership of the books (or vice versa) into which they have been pasted; shows one armorial design for ‘Macarthur. Camden Park’ dating from the 1830s.

[Jewell, Edwin.] The Australian Bookplate Society. History, no. 80, Jun. 2004, p. 8

A blurb for the Society

Park, Kenneth W. 'Thrusting forward': a note on the armorial bearings. La Trobe Journal, no. 73, Autumn 2004, pp. 108-11

Armorial bookplate of Redmond Barry

Rost, Alan. Charles Bertie – the researcher’s friend. History, no. 80, Jun. 2004, pp. 10-12

Describes Berties’ prodigious output of writings on Australian history and his fruitful collaboration with Sydney Ure Smith; illustrated with Bertie’s design by Gayfield Shaw, also designs by L R Davies and K Michel.

Scott, Margaret. History of bookplates in Australia. History, no. 80, Jun. 2004, pp. 13

Brief note drawing attention to the John Lane Mullins bookplate collection in the Mitchell Library, Sydney; shows P Shillito design for De Groot.