Grolier Club, Maria Gerard Messenger Women's Bookplate Collection

The Maria Gerard Messenger Women’s Bookplate Collection is a group of 2095 women's bookplates and book labels assembled by Maria Gerard Messenger (1849-1937) of Great Neck, Long Island. The collection represents women book owners from the sixteenth century to the 1930s, and includes women from North America, England, France, Germany, the Low Countries, and Spain, among other locations. It includes both well-known collectors and those with little or no documentation in the historical record. The collection was donated by Messenger to the Great Neck Public Library in April 1933, which donated it in turn to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in May 1986. The NMWA kindly donated it to the Grolier Club in March 2016.

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Alice Lucie Blakely Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Alice Lucie Blakely \ Carmen die Liebe vom Zigeuner stammt". Depicts a heraldic device, enclosed within a wreath of roses. The text is flanked by the side-profiles of two winged but otherwise human figures, and a line of musical notes runs along the bottom of the image.
Alice Marie Hager Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Alice Marie Hager". Depicts a heraldic device flanked by flowers and books.
Alice Meyer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Alice Meyer". A simple design featuring a flower, stars, and clover.
Alice Moll Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Alice Moll \ Für Ihre Bücher \ Palmsonntag \ 1898. \ No. [blank]". Depicts a Christ-like figure straigthening a tree, with a gardening can at his feet. A cathedral is visible in the distance.
Alice Ozy Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "OZY \ Ex Libris \ Alice Ozy". Depicts a branch with flowers. The engraver's name and the year is visible at the bottom.
Alice Weigmann Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Alice Weigmann". Depicts a woman standing beneath a fruit tree, holding a small book behind her back, looking out over a winding river. There are mountains and clouds visible in the distance, and the image is enclosed within a floral border. The artist's initials are visible at the top.
Alice Wilson McCulloch Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Alice Wilson McCulloch". Depicts a woman standing at a lectern, beside a bookcase, reading a book by candlelight. The artist's initials are barely visible in the bottom-right corner of the banner upon which the owner's name is written.
Alice and Moriz Sachs-Hellmann Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "1876 1901 \ Ex Libris \ Moriz + Alice Sachs-Hellmann". Depicts a tree with three flowers, enclosed within a circle of two hands shaking. The artist's initials are visible in the middle-right.
Aliciae Loudon Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Lib \ Alicæ Loudon \ 1897". The artist's initials are visible in the lower-right corner.
Aline Lippert Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aline Lippert \ Ex Libris". Depicts the outline of a city on the water, and a swan spreading its wings above a heraldic device.
Aline Milbank Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Milbank, Aline".
Aline Wythes Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aline Wythes." Depicts a luxurious interior scene featuring shelves of urns and vases, a table with two books, and a framed heraldic monogram sitting upon the floor. An open window provides views of a large garden and gate. The artist's initials and the engraver's name are visible in the bottom-left and right corners, respectively.
Allene Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Allene, Her Book." Depicts two large dogs, in a prone position, looking leftward.
Alma Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Alma". The image depicts a woman's face looking downward, behind an apparent hybrid of a wing and a pan flute, and framed by an olive branch. There is one large star at the forefront, while the background is littered with several more.
Alma Schindler Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Alma Schindler". Depicts a geometric design. Printed in blue ink.
Alois Hofmann Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Alois Hofmann". Depicts a stringed instrument flanked by masks. Artist's initials in bottom-right corner. Printed in blue ink.
Althea Fanshawe Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Althea Fanshawe."
Alwine Busse Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ein blick ins buch \ undzwei ins lebel \ das soll die form \ dem geiste geben \ Alwine Busse". Depicts flowers and vascular leaves. The artist's initials, the location, and the year are visible in the bottom corners.
Alwine Reinecke Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Alwine Reinecke \ Ex Libris \ 1901". Depicts a floral wreath, below which is a heraldic device flanked by two stags. Artist's initials at bottom. Printed in blue and red ink.
Alwine Reinecke Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ein blick ins buch \ undzwei ins leben \ das solldie form \ dem geiste geben \ Alwine Reinecke \ 18 Lüneburg 98". Depicts flowers with vascular leaves. Artist's initials in bottom-left corner.
Amalia Fürstin von Gallitzin Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Amalia Für_tin von Gallitzin."
Amalie Busck Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Amalie Busck". Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Amalie Busck Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Amalie Busck". Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Amalie Engel Reimers Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Amalie Engel Reimers \ Hambvrg". Depicts text within a large floral border. Artist's initials and year in bottom-right.
Amalie Engel Reimers Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Amalie Engel Reimers \ Hambvrg". Depicts text within a large floral border. Artist's initials and year in bottom-right.
Amelia Dobrée Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Amelia Dobrée."
Amelia Henry Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Amelia Henry."
Amelia Maria Ely Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "I will find where truth is hid. \ Shakespeare. \ Amelia Maria Ely, \ her Book". Depicts a jester sitting cross-legged, looking at the masks of Comedy and Tragedy. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the lower-left corner.
Amely Bender Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Amely Bender". Depicts a woman with butterfly-like wings, standing beside a tree. She is leaning over a highly over-sized book. Printed in green ink.
Amely Bender Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Amely Bender". Depicts a woman with butterfly-like wings, standing beside a tree. She is leaning over a highly over-sized book. Printed in red ink.
Amely Linnig Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Amely Linnig." Depicts an open book, quill, painter's palette, broken column, medallion, stringed instrument, and sun within an oval frame. Flowers and butterflies surround the frame. The artist's name and the year is visible in the bottom-right and left corners, respectively.
Amy B. Alexander Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed "Amy B Alexander". Depicts an owl perched upon several upright books, with a branch in its mouth. To the right, a genie-style lamp sits upon a pile of horizontal books.
Amy Ivers Truesdell Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Amy Ivers Truesdell". Depicts a woman with a bow in her hair, standing between two flowers. She is reading from an unfurled scroll.
Amy Ivers Truesdell Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Amy Ivers Truesdell". Depicts a woman wearing many layers of clothing, flanked by columns. She is reaching toward an open book, and a rural landscape can be seen in the distance. The artist's name is visible in the lower-left. Printed with yellow, green, blue, and purple ink.
Amy Ivers Truesdell Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Amy Ivers Truesdell". Depicts a heraldic image featuring three open books. Printed in blue and red ink.
Amy Ivers Truesdell Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Amy Ivers Truesdell". Depicts a woman with a bow in her hair, standing between two flowers. She is reading from an unfurled scroll. Pritned in blue ink, on blue paper.
Amy Ivers Truesdell Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Amy Ivers Truesdell". Depicts a woman wearing many layers of clothing, flanked by columns. She is reaching toward an open book, and a rural landscape can be seen in the distance. The artist's name is visible in the lower-left.
Amy M. Sacker Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "From the books of Amy M Sacker". Depicts a woman sitting and reading a finely-bound book, with the sun rising behind her. She is flanked on all sides by pigeons, and a coiled serpent is above her head.
Amy Master Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Amy Master \ Come my best friends \ my \ and lead me on. \ Barrow Green". Depicts a small shelf of books wedged between two heraldic devices; several clouds and a small sun are visible in the background. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the lower-right corner.
Anah Yates Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anah Yates." Depicts a bookshelf and loose books, with two seals in blue above them and a heraldic device at the top. Printed with blue and brown ink.
Angelica Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Nobilitatis virtus non stemma character \ Angelica." The owner's name is framed by a laurel wreath. Printed on pink paper.
Angie Walker Stevens Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Angie Walker Stevens Book". Depicts paintbrushes and a palette within a wreath of flowers, flanked by candles. There is an open book in each of the four corners, which are inscribed: "I entrench myself in my books equally \ against sorrow and weather \ My palette holds the color \ for the flowers of my mind". The artist's initials and the year is visible in the bottom-right corner.
Anita Brockmann Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Anita Brockmann". Depicts a temple enclosed within an ornate floral design. The location, artist's initial, and year is visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed in red ink on yellow paper.
Ann Bruce of Arnot Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Nex me qui caetera vinc \ Anne Bruce of Arnot".
Ann Countess of Plymouth Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann \ Counte_s of Plymouth."
Ann Elizabeth Gubbins Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Elizabeth Gubbins."
Ann Fladgate Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Fladgate."
Ann Garnault Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Garnault".
Ann Gwatkin Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Gwatkin".
Ann Hill Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Hill". Depicts a woman reclining beneath a tree, with a heraldic device beside her. Buildings and a boat are visible in the background. Artist's name and year visible in bottom corners.

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