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Cool books, Warm people                                                                November 2015
This month's puzzler

On October 27, 1889, this woman was born in Rochester,
Kent, England. Raised in a military family, she spent her early years in Jamaica and was educated in both England and France. In her early twenties, she landed a writing job at the London magazine "Modern Society," where she ultimately became a lover of the magazine's editor, Frank Harris. 

In 1920, she married Roderick Jones, head of the Reuters News Agency. While they were married for 42 years, it was not a happy union. In her 1969 autobiography, published seven years after his death, she offered one of the saddest -- but one of the most arresting -- lines ever written about a marriage:

"After forty years we still stood with broken swords in our hands."

A novelist as well as a playwright, she is best remembered as the author of "National Velvet," a 1935 novel about a teenage English girl who rides an unheralded horse to victory in the Grand National steeplechase race (a 1944 film by the same title launched the career of a young Elizabeth Taylor).

She also achieved success with her plays, notably "The Chalk Garden" in 1955 (later made into a 1964 film). In that play, she had one of her characters say:

"Praise is the only thing that brings to life
again a man that's been destroyed."

Who is this woman? (Answer below)

Some books have a lot on their plates
Sometimes, there's more to books than what comes out of the publishing houses.  Since the 1400s, book owners have attached small, decorative, ownership labels to their books -- usually on the inside front cover.  Today, we commonly refer to those labels as bookplates, though they are also known as ex libris.
Some bibliophiles shortsightedly regard bookplates as a blemish on a book.  Others find them helpful in determining a book's provenance: The bookplate shown above was that of a Colonial Dutch psychologist who had some unconventional views on eugenics.  Some collectors collect bookplates instead of books, and some bookplates are far more valuable than the books they adorn. The 1940 M.C. Escher bookplate above is valued at $4,000.
One avenue of bookplate collecting is to collect the bookplates of famous persons.  Collector James M. Goode accumulated 2,000 bookplates, including those from the libraries of George Washington (whose bookplate contained the motto "The result justifies the deed"), Theodore Roosevelt and Greta Garbo.  His bookplates will be auctioned November 4-5 in New York City.  By the way, the largest known collection of bookplates is at the Yale University Library, which has close to one million of them.
Bookplates also appeal to art collectors.  Many important artists and engravers tried their hand at bookplate design, including Albrecht Durer, William Hogarth, Paul Revere, Kate Greenaway, Aubrey Beardsley, Marc Chagall, Maxfield Parrish and Rockwell Kent.
Bookplate styles have evolved as all arts have. Toward the end of the 17th century, "armorial"  or heraldic bookplates were all the rage and remained in fashion for hundreds of years.  Armorial bookplates reflected the owner's coat of arms.  According to Heritage Auctions, which is auctioning off the Goode collection, the study and collection of bookplates became popular in the late 19th century with the publication of four serious historical studies of ownership labels.  Beginning in the 1890s, collectors were focusing on bookplates of famouis people, universities, and well-known bookplate designers.  Others collected bookplates with images such as sailing ships, knights, monks, library interiors, or silhouettes. 
It's also common to see bookplates reflecting the vocation of the owner.  Lawyers have often favored bookplates featuring the scales of justice; doctors the caduceus. And -- forgive us -- but overachievers like full plates, and geologists like the tectonic ones.

Printed Page College of Biblio Knowledge 
begins winter classes in January!
"What a fantastic class in such a great environment!"
That's what oun of our students had to say about the inaugural sessions of the Printed Page College of Biblio Knowledge -- four evenings packed with information to make you better informed about the world of books and book-collecting.  Our Winter session starts January 12, and is only $40.
Here's what you'll learn:  How to identify first editions and to understand the differences between states, issues and to identify book club to use the variety of bibliographies and why they are indispensible for collectors...resources collectors and booksellers use to understand the complexity of books...the physical characteristics of books and how to protect them...what goes into conservation and restoration...what you can and can't do on your own...the economics of book collecting...where to find books for your collection and how best to buy them, whether through dealers, auctions or to build a collection -- plus answers to all of your book-related questions.
Classes begin at 7 pm and last about an hour each.  The classes will be on January 12 and 26 and February 9 and 23 at Printed Page Bookshop.
Reserve your spot now, because class size is limited.  Send a check  for $40 (or call us with a credit card) to:  Printed Page Bookshop, c/o 1416 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80210.  Be sure to include your email and phone number.

Puzzler answer:  Enid Bagnold

Thanks to Dr. Mardy Grothe for the use of his puzzler.  Visit him at
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