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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Sarah Bowen Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Sarah Bowen."
Sarah Dupre Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed in manuscript: "Sarah Dupre".
Sarah Eddy Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "The wicked borroweth, \ The Property of Sarah Eddy, \ But returneth not."
Sarah Fletcher Shepphard Bookplate
Monogram bookplate, inscribed: "From the book of Sarah Fletcher Sheppard". The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-right corner.
Sarah Frances Dodge Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Sara Frances Dodge". Depicts a woman sitting on a bench, reading. She is flanked by a tree and roots, and a devil can be seen in the upper-right. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-right corner.
Sarah G. Lyndhurst Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Sarah G. Lyndhurst".
Sarah Gibbs Bookplate
Book label, inscribed in manuscript: "Sarah Gibbs \ 1798."
Sarah Gibbs Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Sarah Gibbs."
Sarah Jackson and Robert Jackson Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Robert & Sarah Jackson. 1815." Gilt stamp on red leather.
Sarah Louise Kirby Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Sarah Lovise Kirby". Depicts a landscape of mountains and trees flanked by large columns, with the owner's name flanked by small books. Artist's initials at bottom.
Sarah Mackie Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Sarah Mackie."
Sarah Marguerite Scribner Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Sarah Marguerite Scribner". Depicts a women in full-Egyptian garb, holding an unraveled scroll. There are hieroglyphic tablets on the wall behind her, and she is flanked by large sculptures. Scarab beetles and flowers frame the owner's name. The artist's initials can be seen in the bottom-right corner.
Sarah Martin Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "In memory of Sarah Martin \ Founder of the Orange Free Library". Depicts an orange tree with two perched owls, and a third owl in flight overhead. Flowers are at the bottom, and a small church can be see in the distant landscape. The artist's name and the year are visible in the bottom-left and bottom-right corners, respectively.
Sarah Martineau Bookplate
Label, inscribed in manuscript: "[Sarah Martineau]".
Sarah Pettengill Scribner Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "No. [blank] \ Sarah pettengill Scribner". Depicts a woman seated in a room with a bookshelf, fireplace, and cluttered with various porcelain decorations, candles, and framed pictures. She is looking downward at a large, framed heraldic image which sits leaning up against the fireplace. The artist's name and the year is visible in the lower-right corner.
Sarah Salisbury Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "The Property of Sarah Salisbury, \ Derby, Vt. \ 182".
Sarah Sargeant Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Sarah Sargeant's."
Sarah West Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed in manuscript: "Sarah West."
Selena Maria Moore Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Selena Maria Moore."
Selina Countess Dowager Huntington Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "In veritate victoria \ Selina, Counte_s Dowager of Huntington."
Seraphine Silbergleit Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Seraphine Silbergleit." Depicts a window with a vase of flowers on each side, and a bird sitting on the sill. There is a tree partially visible beyond the window. Printed in green and gold ink.
Sibella Egerton Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Sibella Egerton".
Sibyl Emma Hubbard Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "My friend and book and this is happiness \ Sibyl Emma Hubbard". Depicts two women sitting against against a large tree, reading a book. Enclosed by a floral wreath. Artist's initials in bottom-right corner.
Sibyyla Wilbraham Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Sibylla Wilbraham."
Sidney Ernest Bradshaw Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Treat me kindly \ for I have a soul \ Return me shortly \ for I have a lover! \ Ex Libris \ Sidney Ernest Bradshaw". Depicts an open book, with great works of literature and flowers behind it. The name of the engraver and the year is visible in the bottom-left corner.
Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women Bookplate
Presentation bookplate, inscribed: "Property of The Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women. \ Presented by [blank]".
Sofie Du Moulin Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Ex plvribvs mel \ Sofie Du Moulin". Depicts a group of roses, attended to by a butterfly, sitting atop a crown. The artist's initials and the year can be seen in the upper-left and upper-right corners, respectively.
Sofie Du Moulin Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Ex plvribvs mel \ Sofie Du Moulin". Depicts a group of roses, attended to by a butterfly, sitting atop a crown. The artist's initials and the year can be seen in the upper-left and upper-right corners, respectively.
Sofie Morton Shippen Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Vigilans \ Sofie Morton Shippen".
Sophia Bond Bookplate
Heraldic presentation bookplate, inscribed: "Sophia Bond. \ Carranure. \ To \ Letitia Rose. \ 1864."
Sophia Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Sophie". Depicts a symmetrical design featuring a sunrise over water. Artist's initials at bottom. Printed in sepia ink.
Sophia Charlotte of Meckelburg-Streiliz Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "S".
Sophia Elizabeth Hall Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "For wisdom is more precious than rubies \ Ex Libris \ Sophia Elizabeth Hall \ 'Persevere'". Depicts a house enclosed within a frame of leaves and hearts, with an owl at the top. Family initials are inscribed upon each heart. The artist's name and the year is visible in the bottom-right corner.
Sophia Helen Errington Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Suaviter in modo \ fortiter in re. \ Sophia Helen Errington." Depicts a heraldic device and mantling among books.
Sophia Holrond and James John Holrond Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Quem te deus esse jussit \ James John and Sophia Holrond. \ White Hall." Printer or engraver's statement at bottom of armorial.
Sophia Van de Vin Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Sophia van de Vin". Depicts a cherub sitting with an open book on his lap and additional books nearby, flanked by flowers. Behind him is a globe, birds in flight, and a sailboat. Printed in red ink.
Sophia Van de Vin Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Sophia van de Vin". Depicts a cherub sitting with an open book on his lap and additional books nearby, flanked by flowers. Behind him is a globe, birds in flight, and a sailboat.
Sophia Van de Vin Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Sophia van de Vin". Depicts a cherub sitting with an open book on his lap and additional books nearby, flanked by flowers. Behind him is a globe, birds in flight, and a sailboat.
Sophia Weber Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Sophia Weber \ Ex Libris". Depicts a woman with exposed breasts, holding a book in one hand and resting her arm upon a harp. Behind her, cliffs overlook the water. Printed in blue ink.
Sophia Weddle Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "This book belongs to [Sophia] Weddle, and will not be lent. \ Not that imparted knowledge doth \ Diminish learning's store ; \ But books, I find, if often lent, \ Return to me no more."
Sophia and Samuel Tyssen Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Post mortem virtus virescit \ Samuel & Sophia Ty_sen, \ Narborough."
Sophie Baroness von Folkersam Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Sophie \ [T.K.a.?] \ Bar von Folkersam". Depicts the side profile of a woman's face, wearing a crown. She is above a heraldic image on a shield, and flanked by pillars with hieroglyphs. Printed in green ink.
Sophie Baroness von Folkersam Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Sophie \ [T.K.a.?] \ Bar von Folkersam". Depicts the side profile of a woman's face, wearing a crown. She is above a heraldic image on a shield, and flanked by pillars with hieroglyphs.
Sophie Baroness von Fölker Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Veritas \ SvF". The owner's initials are concealed within the bottom of the design. Printed with red ink.
Sophie Döhner Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "18 \ Ex Libris \ 96 \ Sophie Döhner". Depicts books, a palette and paintbrushes, globe, flower, and birds in flight.
Sophie G. Woodward Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Sophie G. Woodward \ No [blank] \ Washington D.C." Depicts a woman standing beside a tall flower, reading a book. There is a heraldic device next to her.
Sophie G. Woodward Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed in manuscript: "Fides achates \ 898. \ No. [23] \ Sophie G. Woodward." Depicts a female figure, standing beside a single bookshelf, reading a book. There is a fleur de lis beside her. Hand-drawn in purple ink.
Sophie Graefin Ingelheim Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Sophie Græfin Ingelheim \ 1904". Depicts a woman in regal dress, resting her hand upon a heraldic image. Artist's initials in lower-right. Printed in red ink.
Sophie Grokherzogin von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach Bookplate
Heraldic bokplate, inscribed: "Sophie Grokherzogin von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach königliche Primessin der Niederlande \ 8 October \ 1892." Includes two portraits. Printed with brown and gold ink.
Sophie Kaiser Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Sophie Kaiser \ München." Depicts a heraldic image within an ornate frame, flanked by flowers, with an open book at the top. Artist's cipher and year at bottom. Printed with green, yellow, red, and blue ink.

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