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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Ann M.H. Brewster
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Fortune infortune une forte une \ Anne M. H. Brewster."
Ann Newell Hill Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Newell Hill."
Ann Nixon Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Nixon."
Ann Simmons Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Simmons."
Ann Strange Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Strange".
Ann Tausch von Glockelsthurn Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Tausch von Glockelsthurn". Depicts a landscape featuring a path leading toward a sunrise. In the foreground is water, reflecting a castle and clouds. A heraldic device is in the lower-right. The artist's name and the year visible in the bottom-left, and additional initials in the bottom-right.
Ann Tausch von Glockelsthurn Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Tausch von Glockelsthurn". Depicts a landscape featuring a path leading toward a sunrise. In the foreground is water, reflecting a castle and clouds. A heraldic device is in the lower-right. The artist's name and the year visible in the bottom-left, and additional initials in the bottom-right. Printed in red ink.
Ann Tausch von Glockelsthurn Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Tausch von Glockelsthurn". Depicts a landscape featuring a path leading toward a sunrise. In the foreground is water, reflecting a castle and clouds. A heraldic device is in the lower-right. The artist's name and the year visible in the bottom-left, and additional initials in the bottom-right. Printed in blue ink.
Ann Whitacre Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Whitacre."
Ann Yearsley Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "This book belongs to Ann Yearsley's Public Library, \ in the Crescent, Hotwells, \ Where books are lent for reading". Depicts text within an ornate frame, and includes prices per Annum, Quarter, and Month.
Anna Aman Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Aman". The artist's initials, "M.T.B.," are visible in the lower-left corner.
Anna Aman Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Aman". Depicts a window-like frame, with the text written at the bottom, and through which trees, a beach, and a distant hill can be seen. The frame is surrounded by roses. The artist's name, "G. Tobler," is visible in the bottom right corner. Printed on navy blue and olive-colored paper.
Anna Aman Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Aman". Depicts a rocky coastline, with rays of sunshine backlighting the clouds and reflecting off of the water. The artist's name, "Vitalini," is visible in the lower-right corner.
Anna Aman Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed "Ex Libris \ Anna Aman". Depicts a large tree, with a fence behind it and a rural landscape stretching into the background. The image is framed by wheat stalks, and there is a banner at the bottom upon which the owner's name is written. The artist's initials ("M.T.B.") and the year are visible in the lower-left corner. There is an illegible name or marking in the bottom-right corner.
Anna Anderle Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex-Libris \ Anna Anderle". Depicts a large house, with somewhat Gothic architecture, with walkways and shrubs on the lawn. The sky is colored yellow.
Anna Beer-Lenzberg Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Lenzberg-Beer". Depicts a woman wearing a dress and veil, leaning upon a large coat of arms. Printed on beige paper. The artist's initials are visible at the bottom-center.
Anna Braff Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Braff". Depicts a piano, flanked by candles, with a bust of Chopin resting on it. There is a floral wreath at the top, and musical notes at the bottom.
Anna Caterina Bischi Angeletti Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Caterina Bischi Angeletti". Depicts three cherubs in flight, draping flowers over a stone upon which the owner's name is written. In the foreground, a vase lays on its side among additional flora.
Anna Christiana Round Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Christiana Round."
Anna Croissant Rust Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Croissant Rust \ Ex-Libris". Depicts a farmer spreading seed, flanked by two peacocks. Artist's initials spaced evenly across the bottom. Printed on blue paper.
Anna Eliot Ticknor Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "No. [blank] \ Anna Eliot Ticknor \ Tenebris manvs benefica lvcem reddit. \ 1897. \ Anna Ticknor Library Association." Depicts a nude male in a thinking pose, with a miniature woman and a lamp beside him, framed by a wreath.
Anna Fischer-Cöerlin and Ernst Fischer-Cöerlin Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Ernst und Anna Fischer-Cöerlin". Depicts an Egyptian scene featuring a statue of a woman above a basin which is being filled from spouts of a snake and lion. At the bottom is a scene of women filling up and carrying jars of water. Printed in sepia ink.
Anna G. Verster Van Nieuwkuyk Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Uit De Boeken Van Anna G Verster Van Nieuwkuyk \ Amsterdam". Depicts text within a symmetrical floral background. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-right corner.
Anna Gibbs Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Gibbs."
Anna Gräfin zu Butler Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Gräfin zu Butler. \ Freein auf brandenfels, geb. Herrin und gräfin zu stubenberg. \ Virtute et fortitudine \ Ex Libris 1905." Depicts heraldic imagery above a desk featuring a candle, scroll, book, and quill. The artist's name and the location is visible in the bottom-right corner.
Anna Hau Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate with illegible inscription.
Anna Heyse Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Anna Heyse". Depicts a landscape featuring a small structure (possibly a mausoleum) among trees and potted flowers. The year is inscribed upon a wall, and the artist's name is visible at the bottom.
Anna Ithen Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Avs der bibl v \ Anna Itehn". Artist's initials and year in bottom-left.
Anna Jameson Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Jameson." Depicts a fairie sitting beneath a plant, reading a large book. There is a scroll beside her, and two pyramids are visible in the distance.
Anna Kannengiesser Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex-Libris \ Anna Kannengiesser". Depicts four gnomes beneath a large mushroom, reading and sharing books. Artist's name in lower-right.
Anna L. Ward Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Anna L. Ward". Depicts a small home among palm trees in the background, and netting holding boots and a sports racket in the foreground. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed in blue ink.
Anna L.A. Foster Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna LA Foster". Depicts a partial view of a castle among trees, with the sun rising behind it. Enclosed within an ornamental frame. The artist's name and the year is visible at the bottom.
Anna Landau and Eugen Landau Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex-Libris \ Where is a will, there is a way \ Raste ich, so rose ich \ Eugen & Anna Landau". Depicts a smiling cherub, holding an umbrella as well as a book labeled "Baedecker." The cherub is standing upon an open book. A heraldic device is in the bottom-right corner, and branches bearing fruit are in the top-left and top-right corners. The artist's name and the year is visible in the bottom-right corner.
Anna Maria Owen Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Maria Owen".
Anna Maria Ridgway Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Maria Ridgeway."
Anna Maria Selwyn Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Maria Selwyn".
Anna Meyer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Palma sub pondere crescit \ Anna Meyer". Depicts two young children seated beneath a tree, with one looking upward at the banner above their heads. Printed on beige paper.
Anna Müller Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex libris Anna Müller". Depicts an interior scene of a desk bathed in light from a window. There are frames on the wall, and a chair with a coat and hat on it.
Anna Oelsner Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Oelsner". Depicts a muscular man, holding a torch aloft. There is a wreath at the top, along with the names of various artists of different mediums. The artist's monogram is somewhat visible at the bottom.
Anna Remmer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Remmer". Depicts a bird with glasses reading an open book, with a castle in the background. Printed with red, blue, green, and yellow ink.
Anna Roschet Bookplate
Depicts a woman reading at a window, looking out over a rural landscape and town. "Anna Roschet \ Ex Libris." Printed with brown and blue ink.
Anna Roschet Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Roschet \ geb: Schwartz." Depicts a woman wearing a fancy hat, holding a book and flanked by two heraldic devices and two bears standing upright. Printed on pink paper.
Anna Sagell Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Sagell's Buch." Depicts a seagull flying above oean waves. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-left corner.
Anna Schlingloff Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Mein Buch \ Anna Schlingloff." Depicts a cottage and adjoining barn within a rural setting. The artist's initials are visible along the top. Printed with orange, brown, grey, and green ink.
Anna Schneider Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anna Schneider". Depicts a four-leaf clover and two normal clovers. The artist's name and the year is visible in the bottom-left. Printed in green ink.
Anna Tora Stone Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex libris \ Anna Tora Stone". Depicts a comfortable reading nook, strewn with pillows, beneath open windows. Potted flowers flank the image, and a landscape can be seen beyond the windows. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-right corner.
Anna Townsend Van Santvoord Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Townsend Van Santvoord \ Her Book". Depicts a tree-lined path in a forest, enclosed within a cathedral-style window frame.
Anna Tullberg Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Tullberg's Bok". Depicts flowers. Printed in green ink.
Anna W. MacBean Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Libri amici constanted sunt. \ Anna W. MacBean". Depicts an open book, enclosed within a snake eating its own tail. The book has wings, as well as a few flowers and an hourglass above it.
Anna Welsh Lapsley Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anna Welsh Lapsley."

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