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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Elisabeth Maasch Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elisabeth Maasch." Depicts a woman holding an open book and a quill with ink. She is standing beside flowers, and has a few in her hair. There is a circular halo behind her head. The artist's initials and the year are inscribed within the open book. Printed in red ink, on green paper.
Elisabeth Mathies Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Dies buch gehœrt \ Elisabeth Matthies". Depicts a woman reclining beside a book surrounded by a small dog, a large dog, and a cat. The cat appears to be playing with the woman's finger. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the top-right corner. Printed on beige paper.
Elisabeth Neumann Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elisabeth Neumann". Depicts two kittens playing beside flowers and a stack of books, with heraldic devices below. There is a stringed instrument at the top, and a city skyline at the bottom. Enclosed within a border of flowers and thorns. The artist's name and the year is visible in the bottom corners. Printed in sepia ink.
Elisabeth Sophia Maria Verwittwete Herzoginn zu Brulun Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elisabetha Sophia Maria Verwittwete Herzoginn zu brulun".
Elisabeth Steckner Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "E cantibus \ Elisabeth Steckner". Depicts roses beside a body of water. Across the water, beneath clouds, the silhouette of a castle and group of people can be seen. There are musical notes and a heraldic device at the top of the image. The artist's name and the year is visible at the bottom.
Elisabeth Weinberger Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aus meinen Büchern \ Elisabeth Weinberger". Depicts a painter's palette with paintbrushes, books, and a ring of sunflowers. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed on yellow paper. Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Elisabeth Weinberger Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Blumen reicht die natur, es windet die kunst sie zum kranze. \ Ex Libris Meis \ Elisabeth Weinberger". Depicts a field of flowers within a floral wreath. Printed with yellow ink.
Elisabeth Weinberger Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aus meinen Büchern \ Elisabeth Weinberger". Depicts a painter's palette with paintbrushes, books, and a ring of sunflowers. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed on blue paper. Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Elisabeth Wulff Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Mein eigen \ Elisabeth Wulff". Depicts a quill and inkwell atop a stack of books, framed by a wreath and ribbon. Printed in blue ink on blue paper.
Elisabeth von Lonyay Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elisabeth von Lonyay." Artists' initials are visible in both the top-right and bottom-left corners.
Elise Hübe Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elise Hübe." Depicts a home obscured by trees, with smoke rising from a chimney.
Elise Knab Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elise Knab". Depicts a butterfly perched upon a flower, with butterflies in the air above. Artist's name and year at bottom. Printed in green ink.
Elise Nevins Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Post tenebras speramus lumen de lumine \ Elise Nevins". Depicts a heraldic device and latin motto, enclosed within a border of author names.
Elise Weingaertner Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elise Weingærten". Depicts a church and a bridge over a river, with a heraldic device above it. The artist's name and the year is visible at the top.
Elise White Osgood Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex-Libris \ Elise White Osgood". Depicts an owl perched upon a shelf, with its wings open, and flanked by books. The artist's initials and the year are visible at the bottom.
Eliz. Penney Brice Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Eliz. Penney Brice \ October 5, 1804." Printer's statement at bottom.
Eliza Alexander Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed "Eliza Alexander". Depicts a cherub with a branch in hand, reclining next to an oval object upon which the owner's name is written.
Eliza Blodgett Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Eliza Blodgett."
Eliza Davis and John Davis Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "John & Eliza Davis Fund \ Founded 1900 \ Nec poterit ferrum nec edax abolere vetustas \ American Antiquarian Society". Depicts portraits of John & Eliza Davis above the seal of the American Antiquarian Society, enclosed within a decorative border. A printer's statement is visible at the bottom of the central image.
Eliza Dolben Bookplate
Hand-drawn book label, inscribed in manuscript: "Eliza Dolben".
Eliza Gulston Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Eliza Gulston". Mounted alongside a similar bookplate.
Eliza Heigham Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Eliza Heigham."
Elizabeth Berger Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Berger \ Her Book". Depicts the side profile of a female shepherd with her staff, and two sheep at her feet. Flowers swirl around her head. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-center of the image.
Elizabeth Borden Nichols and Walter Irving Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "They are never alone that are accompanied by noble thoughts \ Walter Irving & Elizabeth Borden Nichols". Depicts an interior scene of a library with fireplace and mantle, and a winged hour glass at the top.
Elizabeth Bruce Roelofson Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Bruce Roelofson \ Her Book \ Mur soirbich thu cheud oidhirp feuch a ris". Depicts a woman holding a book, looking at a spider in its web. Artist's monogram and year in bottom corners.
Elizabeth Canfield Selden Bookplate
Photographic bookplate, inscribed: "The Homestead \ Elizabeth Canfield Selden \ Love well the hour and let it go". Depicts two columns and a banner.
Elizabeth Diana Birdgeman
Book label, inscribed: "Elizabeth Diana Bridgeman."
Elizabeth Drew Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Elizabeth Drew \ Plymouth, Mass."
Elizabeth Duchess Dowager of Manchester Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Duchess Dowager of Manchester."
Elizabeth Duchess of Beaufort Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Mutare vel timere sperno \ Elizabeth Duchess of Beaufort."
Elizabeth Dundas
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Essayez \ Elizabeth Dundas."
Elizabeth E. Lanauze Henry Lanauze Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Jài travaille dieu a beni \ Henry and Elizth E. Lanauze."
Elizabeth Goodwyn and Henry Goodwyn Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Heny & Elizth Goodwyn."
Elizabeth Harris Smyth Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "E-Libris \ Elizabeth Harris Smythe. \ My book & heart shall never part \ Holy Bible 1877 \ Columbus, Ohio. 1898." Depicts a tree with a banner and heraldic device, and two stacks of books beneath it. One stack features additional heraldry, while the other has a lamp sitting atop them and is inscribed with the names of great authors. Artist's initials and year in bottom-right. Printed in sepia ink.
Elizabeth Haven Appleton Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio \ From the Income of the Elizabeth Haven Appleton Fund \ Bought Aug 27. 1894". Depicts the Appleton coat of arms. Date in manuscript.
Elizabeth Haven and George Haven Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Nil clarius aquis \ George and Elizabeth Haven". Depicts a shield and heraldic device, among leaves and tree, with a house in the top-right corner. The artist's name and the year is visible in the bottom-right corner.
Elizabeth Henriette de Besset de la Chapelle Milon Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Henriette de Besset de la Chapelle Milon."
Elizabeth Hensel Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "No [blank] \ Steal not this book my honest friend \ for fear the gallows be thy end \ Elizabeth Hensel \ Her Book." Depicts text with a stick figure woman and hanging man at the top, enclosed within a frame of flowers and hearts. Artist's initials visible at the bottom, as well as an additional cipher.
Elizabeth Hidden Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "The Property of Elizabeth Hidden." Mounted alongside another label.
Elizabeth Holdsworth and Arthur Holdsworth Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Arthur & Elizabeth Hold_worth. \ Widdicomb."
Elizabeth Howland Wesson Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elizabeth Howland Wesson". Depicts a woman sitting and reading by candlelight. There is a heraldic image framed on the wall behind her. The artists's name is visible in the bottom-left corner.
Elizabeth Huntly Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Huntly".
Elizabeth Kelsall Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Kelsall."
Elizabeth Kenrick Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Kenrick."
Elizabeth Langdon Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elizabeth Langdon". Depicts a woman, reading a small book with one hand. She is standing beside a tiny tree, and is encircled by a wreath of leaves and flowers. The artist's name and the year is barely visible at the bottom-center of the image.
Elizabeth Lind Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Semper: virescit : virtus \ Elizabeth Lind."
Elizabeth Longfellow Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Eli_abeth Longfellow's property."
Elizabeth M. Harrod Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "[No.[blank]] \ Elizabeth M. Harrod."
Elizabeth M. Leete Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth M Leete \ Her Book". Text flanked by what appear to be peacocks. The artist's initials and the year are visible at the bottom-center of the image. Mounted alongside a similar bookplate.
Elizabeth M. Leete Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth M Leete \ Her Book". Text flanked by what appear to be peacocks. The artist's initials and the year are visible at the bottom-center of the image. Mounted alongside a similar bookplated. Printed in blue ink.

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