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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Anna and Ernst Wendhausen Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aus der Bücherei von Ernst U. Anna Wendhausen". Depicts a wheat field with a tree, and a church and town in the distance. There image is framed by wheat stalks, and there is a heraldic image at the top. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-right corner of the central image.
Anna and George Warburton Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Non sibi \ Geroge & Anna Warburton."
Anna de Galli Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ [Anne?] de Galli." Depicts a building with chimneys, seen through an archway. There are two flowers beside a banner in the foreground. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-left corner.
Anna von Hase Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Einwärts aufwärts vorwärts \ Buch-almer von \ Anna von Hase." Artist's name in bottom-left corner.
Anna von Heuer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Eigentum von Anna Heuer". Depicts an open book beside an inkwell and quill. There are numerous closed books, and (presumably) a paperweight of a person wearing a laurel wreath in their hair. Enclosed within a floral frame. Artist's initials in bottom-right.
Anne Brereton Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Ann Brereton."
Anne Countess Dowager Galloway Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne, Countess Dowager of Galloway."
Anne Davis Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Davis."
Anne Dumercue Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Dumercue \ 1856 \ Factis non verbis".
Anne E. Greene Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anne E. Greene." Depicts a mansion with a large tree in the foreground. There is a heraldic image in the bottom-left, as well as the artist's initials and the year.
Anne E. Staveley Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne E. Staveley."
Anne Hughes bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Hughes."
Anne Hunter Bookplate
Heraldic monogram, inscribed: "AH \ Anne Hunter".
Anne Jane Abercorn Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Honi soit qui mal y pense \ Sola nobilitat virtus \ Anne Jane Abercorn".
Anne Louisa Ashburton Bookplate
Heraldic bookplated, inscribed: "Anne Louisa Ashburton".
Anne Maberly Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Maberly".
Anne Manvers Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Manvers. \ Holme Pierrepont."
Anne Manvers Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Manvers."
Anne Newark Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Newark".
Anne O'Grady Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Vulneratus non victus \ Anne O'Grady."
Anne P. Shallus's Circulating Library Bookplate
Auction description for "Ann P. Shallus's Circulating Library".
Anne P. Shallus's Circulating Library Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed "Ann P. Shallus's Circulating Library \ No. 23 North Third Street \ Philadelphia \ For Sale \ Caps, Turbans, Fans, \ Hats, Bonnets, and a Variety of Fancy Articles." Depicts a woman among vegetation, holding a cornucopia of fruit Engraver's statement at bottom. Mounted alongside an auction description of the bookplate, and a small book label advertising the library.
Anne Reid Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ann Reid."
Anne Shaftesbury Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Shaftesbury".
Anne T. Benthall Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate for Annie T. Benthall, inscribed with a poem which begins: "Fly: little seeds and wander far…" Depicts a naked child, resting one hand upon a book and blowing dandelion seeds with the other. A body of water and several ships, and a distant piece of land, can be seen in the background. The year is visible in the middle-left area of the image, and owner's signature is at the bottom.
Anne Therese Ph. D'Yve Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Therese Ph. D'yve".
Anne Viscountess Townshend Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Viscounte_s Townshend".
Anne Walker Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Walker."
Anne Wren Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Anne Wren. \ Wroxhall Abbey. \ Warwickshire."
Anne van Keppel Countess of Albemarle Bookplate
Book label for Anne van Keppel, inscribed: "Countess of Albemarle".
Anne van Nhuyse Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Dieuwe \ Anne van nhyuse". Depicts a vase of flowers.
Anne van Nhuyse Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Dieuwe \ Anne van nhyuse". Depicts a vase of flowers. Printed in orange ink.
Annette A. Kitson Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Annette A Kitson". Depicts a black cat sitting upon a book, floating upon water. There are two fish beneath the surface, an owl in the top-right corner, and a sunrise on the horizon.
Anni Schulx Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anni Schvlz!". Depicts a sunrise over a pastoral landscape, featuring trees and clouds. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed in green ink, on blue paper.
Anni Sokolowski Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anni Sokolowski". Depicts the side profile of a feminine face wearing a crown of thorns, set within a stringed instrument and flanked by flowers. There are heraldic images in the bottom corners. Artist's initials at bottom. Printed in gold ink.
Annice Bradford Butts Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Annice Bradford Butts \ Chicago, Ill. \ Fier et sage."
Annie Breese Dexter Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "[illegible] \ Annie Breese Dexter".
Annie Dorr Murphy Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "History - The Sober Warp \ Romance \ The Golden Woof \ Annie Dorr Murphy her book". Depicts a knight and a woman each resting one hand upon a shield with a flower. Behind them are books and scrolls, and a harp. The artist's name and the year is visible in the bottom-left corner.
Annie E. and Frederick Graham Aylward Bookplate
Description by Frederick Graham Aylward of the bookplate design and its imagery.
Annie E. and Frederick Graham Aylward Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Frederick Graham & \ Annie E. Aylward." The image is within an ornate border, simultaneously depicted as the fine binding of a book, with three sides bearing the inscription: "The wise return \ that they \ again may borrow". The image depicts an assortment of books, with a small, ornate binding at the forefront. The books sit on top of some loose papers and an embroidered tablecloth. A lit lamp sits atop the books, and a horn inkwell with a quill is beside them. The names of the bookplate designer and woodcutter, as well as the relevant dates, are visible in the bottom-left and bottom-right corners. A small flag with a heraldic device and the motto "Ne crede colori" hangs at the center-bottom.
Annie Hoyt Kelsey Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Annie Hoyt Kelsey."
Annie P. Stearns Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Private Library of Annie P. Stearns."
Annie Scott Kemp Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Annie Scott Kemp". Depicts an angel surrounded by a variety of flowers, holding and smelling some. Artist's name in bottom-left.
Annie Theodosia Benthall Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Annie Theodosia Benthall". Depicts a robed woman, from the back, laying on her side and reading a small book with one hand. A pile of books sits at her feet.
Anny Stackelberg Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Anny Stackelberg". Symmetrical design depicting a crown and flowers. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-left and right corners, respectively. Printed with blue and green ink.
Antoinette Humphreys Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ 'A Book of Verses underneath the Bough' \ Antoinette Humphreys". Depicts a tree on a hill, overlooking an open landscape. There is a book beneath the tree, and there are clouds and rays of light in the sky. Artist's initials beside flowers at the bottom.
Arabella Baker Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Arabella Baker". There is a platemark visible around the owner's name, due to removing her deceased husband's name and substituting her own.
Arabella Watson Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Arabella Watson." Mounted alongside a smaller duplicate.
Arabella Watson Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Arabella Watson." Mounted alongside a larger duplicate.
Arabella Watson Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Arabella Watson."

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