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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Elizabeth Marchioness of Exeter Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth \ Marchione_s of Exeter."
Elizabeth Mary Rancliffe Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Mary Rancliffe."
Elizabeth McGill Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "The Elizabeth McGill Library \ MCMIV \ Candide modo fortiter re". Depicts text upon a plain shield, with a banner below it.
Elizabeth Mona Bickerstaffe and Harry Lloyd Bickerstaffe Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Cruci semper constans \ Ex Lib. Henrici Lloyd Bickerstaffe \ E Monæ Vxoris Eivs \ Filliæ Pierce Gul. Drew."
Elizabeth Reynolds Finley Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "I dreamt a dream that was not all a dream \ Ex Libris \ Fortis in arduis \ Elizabeth Reynolds Finley". Depicts a tree flanked by torches and encircled by smoke from a lantern. There is a flower at the tree's roots, and the sun rising (or setting) behind it. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the lower-right corner.
Elizabeth Rhea Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elizabeth Rhea". Depicts the owner's initial flanked by bells with holly.
Elizabeth S. Denroche Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "If thou art borrowed by a friend… \ Elizabeth S. Denroche." Depicts a poem on book lending.
Elizabeth S. Gould Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth S. Gould." Depicts text within a wreath, with a Greek motto at the bottom.
Elizabeth Sarah Villa Real Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Fide sed vide \ Elizabeth Sarah Villa Real."
Elizabeth Sirr and Revd. J.D. Sirr Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Natuœ fida \ Lyræ nervos aptavi. \ Revd. J.D. and Elizabeth Sirr".
Elizabeth Smith Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Smith".
Elizabeth Sophia Lawrence Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Sophia Lawrence." The names of the artist and engraver, and the years, are visible at the bottom of the image.
Elizabeth Susanna Monckton Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed in manuscript: "Elizabeth Susanna Monckton."
Elizabeth T. Wheless Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth T. Wheless."
Elizabeth Templetonn Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Templetonn."
Elizabeth Tomlins Edlyne and Thomas Edlyne Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Thomas Edlyne & Elizabeth Tomlins. \ 1830."
Elizabeth Ward Doremus Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Comme je fus. \ Elizabeth Ward Doremus."
Elizabeth Warren Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Warren."
Elizabeth Whitbread Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth Whitbread".
Elizabeth and William Bennet Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "William & Elizabeth Bennett." The text is enclosed within a floral border.
Elizabeth and William Bennet Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "William & Elizabeth Bennett." The text is enclosed within a floral border. Printed on green paper.
Elizabeth and William Waldo Merrill Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Servata fides cinere \ Lucie Elizabeth Merrill. \ William Waldo Merrill."
Elizabeth de Cléry Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Gedult Bringt Uberwindung".
Elizabeth de Valicourt Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elizabeth De Valicourt".
Elizabeth von Bülow Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Aus der Büchersamlung von Eli_abeth von Bülow". The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-right corner.
Elize Gulston Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Elize Gulston".
Ella A. Bray Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "The Ella A Bray Memorial Library".
Ella Featherstone Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ella Featherstone \ Her Book". Depicts a stream running through a forest, with two squirrels at the bottom. The artist's initials are somewhat visible in the top-right corner.
Ella Fels Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "ex libris: \ Ella Fels. \ In tempestate securitas". Depicts a woman sitting on the edge of a cliff. There are rocks and churning waves below her, and to her right are what appear to be clouds. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-left corner.
Ella L. Wolcott Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Nullius addictus jurare in verba magistri \ Ella L. Wolcott".
Ella S. Jarrett Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ella S. Jarrett". Depicts a flower with leaves. Printed on pink paper.
Ella Williams Owsley Brainerd Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Antiquus \ Restituature \ Honor \ Ella Williams Owsley Brainerd". Depicts a woman holding a flower and with flowers in her hair, standing within a rural landscape. There is a heraldic device in the bottom-left corner, and the image is enclosed within a border of flowers. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-right corner.
Ella von Höfken Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Ella von Höfken". Depicts a woman playing a stringed instrument, encircled by flowers, with a bookcase and globe behind her. There is a heraldic device at the top, and a kitten with yarn at the bottom. Artist's name and year visible in bottom-right corner. Printed in pink paper.
Ella von Höfken Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Ella von Höfken". Depicts a woman playing a stringed instrument, encircled by flowers, with a bookcase and globe behind her. There is a heraldic device at the top, and a kitten with yarn at the bottom. Artist's name and year visible in bottom-right corner.
Ellen Adelaide Goodwin Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Ellen Adelaide Goodwin". Depicts a landscape featuring a tree and large boulder, and sailboat far in the distance. Enclosed within an ornate frame, with a floral wreath at the bottom.
Ellen E. Langdon Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ellen E. Langdon \ Her Music". Depicts a child's face and a wing, among stars, in one frame and a woman playing the piano in another. Small birds can be seen flying between the two images.
Ellen Julia Hollond Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ellen Julia Hollond."
Ellen Marion Methold Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "This book belongs to Ellen Marion Methold \ 1896". The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-right corner.
Ellen Mayhew Mollison Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ellen Mayhew Mollison". Depicts a monogram of the owner's initials, with two women and a child visible within the "M." One woman is playing the piano, a second woman is holding a sheet of music (upon which is inscribed "1895"), and the child is seated while playing a violin. Printed on beige paper.
Ellen Terry Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Winchel_sea. \ Ex Libris \ Ellen Terry". Depicts a small overhead map of the town, with a compass pointing toward "Tower Cottage". The artist's initials and the year can be seen in the bottom-left corner.
Ellen Terry Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Winchel_sea. \ Ex Libris \ Ellen Terry". Depicts a small overhead map of the town, with a compass pointing toward "Tower Cottage". The artist's initials and the year can be seen in the bottom-left corner. Printed on brown paper.
Ellen Terry Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Winchel_sea. \ Ex Libris \ Ellen Terry". Depicts a small overhead map of the town, with a compass pointing toward "Tower Cottage". The artist's initials and the year can be seen in the bottom-left corner. Hand-colored with green, yellow, and red ink.
Ellin Devis Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "[Return this rock to pray?] \ Ellin Devis \ Devonshire Place".
Elly Knapp Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elly Knapp". Depicts a column and open arched window leading to a winding river below. Artist's initials in lower-right. Printed on dark paper.
Elly Müllerheim Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ ich will! \ Elly Müllerheim". Depicts a shirtless woman riding a horse, preparing to throw a spear. There is a structure on a hill far in the distance, and the image is enclosed within a frame featuring sunflowers and a log cabin. The artist's initials and the year are somewhat visible in the bottom-right corner of the central image.
Elsa Baesecke Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex-Libris \ Elsa Baesecke." Depicts a toga-clad woman, seated and resting her arm upon a rock through which a tiny waterfall is pouring; a small body of water is also visible. She is sitting in the shade of a tree, with the branches framing the upper-half of her body. The artist's initials, [EB], are visible in the lower-right corner. Printed on blue paper.
Elsa Baesecke Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "ex-libris \ Elsa Baesecke". Depicts a rainbow, and partially-clothed women reclining within each beam of color. Below the rainbow, a multi-colored chameleon stands upon a painter's palette. The artist's name and the year are visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed in black, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet ink.
Elsa Baesecke Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Cantibus \ Elsa Baesecke". Depicts a bearded older man with a wreath on his head, seated on a throne and playing a small harp. The year "1904" is visible, split below the throne's armrests. The artist's name and the year ("Hugo Klugt, 1904") is visible in the lower-right corner. Printed on green paper.
Elsa Koeberle Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elsa Koeberle". Depicts a woman of classical antiquity with a laurel wreath in her hair, sitting and reading a book by lantern. There is a container of scrolls beside her. Artist's name in lower-right. Printed with yellow ink.
Elsa Wolff Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Elsa Wolff". Depicts two children sitting upon a large book, and leaning against another book; one child is reading, the other playing with a flower. They are framed by leaves, and the silhouette of a nursing wolf is above them. The artist's name and the year is visible in the bottom-right corner.

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