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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Regina Burckhard Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Regina Burckhard." Photographic print of a tree-lined road, within a floral frame. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed in blue ink.
Regina Freudenberg Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex libris Regina Freudenberg". Depicts a woman in a hat and jacket, climbing a snow mound toward a house. The artist's name is visible in the top-left corner.
Regina Heydner Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Regina Heydner." Depicts a woman sitting among flowers and trees, with the sun rising in the background. There is a large crow wearing a crown perched beside her. The artist's name, location, and year is visible at the bottom.
Regina Heydner Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Regina Heydner." Depicts a woman sitting among flowers and trees, with the sun rising in the background. There is a large crow wearing a crown perched beside her. The artist's name, location, and year is visible at the bottom.
Regina Jaffé Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Regina Jaffé". Depicts a statue without a head or limbs, sitting upon a stack of books. There is a framed portrait of a woman in front of it, and a castle on a hill in the far distance. Artist's name and year in bottom-right. Printed in blue ink.
Regina Sulger Gebing Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex-Libris. \ Regina Sulger Gebing." Depicts a young girl holding a heart-shaped harp, while a younger child plucks the strings. The artist or printer's statement is visible in the bottom-left corner.
Relict Elizabeth Berney Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "fidelis usque ad mortem \ Elizabeth Berney Relict \ Bracon Ash \ Norfolk."
Renate Foelkersam Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Renate". Depicts the side profile of a woman's face with flowing hair, smelling a flower, enclosed by a floral border. There is a heraldic device beside her. Artist's monogram in lower-right of central image.
Richard Brooke Riddell Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Richard Brooke Riddell \ The bequest of his dear Aunt & Godmother. \ 23d Jany. 1830."
Rogers Ladies' Library Association Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "The Rogers Ladies' Library Association. \ Modesto, Cal. \ Rules and Regulations..." Proceeds to list the association's six rules.
Rosa Adamus Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Rosa Adamus" with the owner's name in the form of a facsimile signature. Depicts the side-profile of a woman with flowers in her hair, looking toward foliage, with a body of water stretching out in the background. Printed on green paper.
Rosa Adamus Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Rosa Adamus." Depicts the ruins of a castle with a forest below. The image is within an oval frame with the label "Montpreis" at the top. At the bottom, the frame is flanked on both sides by branches with flowers.
Rosa Box Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Rosa Box, \ 26 Laurens Street." Printed in pink ink.
Rosa Fernkorn Bertuch Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Beethoven \ Mozart \ Rosa Fernkorn Bertuch \ 1902". Depicts a piano with Mozart sheet music placed on it, between two candles. The name "Beethoven" radiates light in the center of the image, and sheet music scrolls along the top.
Rosa Knab Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Dies Buch halt rein; Es ist nicht Dein! \ Rosa Knab". Depicts a symmetrical design featuring two flowers with thorns and an open book. Artist's name and year at bottom. Printed in green ink.
Rosa Liebler Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex libris \ Rosa Liebler". Depicts a woman playing the harp, sitting beside a group of people. Four-leaf clovers are in the foreground. There is a lake and trees in the background, and a country home or building visible below the text.
Rosa Ort Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex-Libris \ Rosa Ort". Depicts two men walking with a large basket of flowers suspended between their shoulders. The artist's name is visible above the owner's.
Rosalie N. Walter Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Leaves I have Gathered \ Ex Libris \ Rosalie N. Walter". Depicts a woman draped in leaves and holding an open book, standing beneath a tree. There is a sailboat with a heraldic device in the distance, and further heraldic imagery in the lower-right corner of the image.
Rosamund Greenwood Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Rosamund Greenwood".
Rose Edith Mills Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Rose Edith Mills".
Rose Edith Mills Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Rose Edith Mills".
Rose Fuller Whistler Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Justus et fidelis \ Rose Fuller Whistler."
Rose Jelf-Sharp Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Her book her flower \ lute \ her hour \ & Ex Libris \ Rose Jelf-Sharp." Depicts a woman holding an open book, looking up at a bird perched upon a heraldic device. There are potted flowers, books, and a lute below it. In the distance, the sun is rising over a body of water.
Rosi Koch Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Rosi Koch." Depicts a spherical wire-like sculpture of flowers, with an open book at the bottom. Artist's initials in lower-center.
Rosina Hoyt Otis Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Rosina Hoyt Otis". Depicts an open book with smoke swirling down toward it from a winged lamp. The artist's name and the year is visible at the bottom-right of the lamp's stand.
Rosny Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Bibliothèque de Rosny."
Roxanna A. Wentworth Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "En dieu est tout \ Roxanna A. Wentworth."
Rt. Hon. Lady Isabella Anne Brydges Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Right Honorable Lady Isabella Anne Brydges."
Rt. Hon. Viscountess Charlotte Howe Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Utcunque placuerit deo \ The Rt. Honble. Charlotte Vi_counte_s Howe".
Rudi Stehle Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "S. lieben freundchen \ Rudi Stehle. \ Was wär am lorbeer wohl gelegen… \ Ex Libris". Depicts flowers with a bow, a book sitting face-down, and a woman's face (possibly a mask and wig). The artist's signature and the year is visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed with red ink.
Rutgers Female Institute Bookplate
Presentation bookplate, inscribed: "Awarded by the trustees of the Rutgers Female Institute. \ to [Miss Sarah Asiel of the 2nd Div. 10th Department,] \ July [1852]". Depicts a street view of the Rutgers Female Institute.
Rutgers Female Institute Library Bookplate
Library bookplate, inscribed: "Rutgers Female Institute \ Library \ Alcove, [D] \ Shelf, [7] \ No. [12]". Depicts a cherub with a harp, palette with brushes, and an open book. Artist's name in bottom-right corner.
Ruth Brown Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Ruth Brown". Depicts an interior scene including a bookshelf and fireplace, enclosed within a wood grain frame.
Ruth M. Burr and Leland M. Burr Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Leland M. and Ruth M. Burr \ Ex Libri_ \ By the name of Burr". Depicts a man and woman reading a book beside an open window, through which an iron gate is visible. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom corners.
Rvth Isabel Strong Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Rvth Isabel Strong \ 1896". Depicts a woman with braided hair, reading a book and resting her head upon her hand. The artist's initials are visible beneath the owner's name.
S. Nichols Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "S. Nichols".
S.A.F. Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Sans hâte, sans repos \ S.A.F." Depicts a beehive within a circle of flowers. In the corners of the image are stringed instruments, painter's tools, and books.
S.D. Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "[sd?] \ Ex Libris". Depicts a symmetrical floral design featuring heraldic imagery. The artist's monogram is visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed in blue ink.
S.D. Gallaudet Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "S.D. Gallaudet \ 1894". Depicts a heart behind a door knocker. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-right corner.
S.D. Gallaudet Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ut quiescas labora".
S.E. Johnson Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Per aspera ad astra \ S.E. Johnson."
S.M. la Duchessa di Lucca Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "di S:M: \ la Duchessa di Lucca \ Nil invita Minerva". Depicts two cherubs, a large ball of yarn, and a female soldier reclining among a few books. The artist's name is somewhat visible in the bottom-left corner.
S.M., la Reine des Belges Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Bibliothèque \ de S.M. la Reine des Belges." Printed on blue paper.
SB Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "S & B". The ampersand is a rope with tassels.
Sadie Marie Briggs Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Sadie Marie Briggs \ Ex Libris". There is what appears to be Greek text at the top. Depicts a woman sitting by an open window, reading. There is a sailboat on the water in the distance, and a lantern in the bottom-left corner of the image. The engraver's name is visible in the bottom-right corner.
Saint Gabriel's Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Saint Gabriel's \ Ex Alum Libris narum \ 1898 \ Sub alis sto." Depicts an open book, in front of two closed books enclosed by flowers and mantling. A lantern is visible above them.
Saint Gabriel's Guild Library Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Guild Library. \ Saint Gabriel's." Mounted alongside a set of library rules, inscribed: "Library of the Guild of the Holy Child. \ 1. The Librarian will be in attendance…"
Sallie Macy Brewster Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Sallie Macy Brewster \ Her Book \ Virite soyez ma garde". Depicts an interior scene featuring a chair, desk, and bookcase.
Sallie Singer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "L'amitié, est l'amour sans ailes. \ Forward \ Sallie Singer". Depicts a man in a woman, in what appears to be Elizabethan-era clothing, bearing the owner's monogram within a lozenge. A cathedral or similar church building is somewhat visible behind them.
Sarah Arden Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Sarah Arden."

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