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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Aranka Könyre Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aranka Könyre". Depicts a caricaturistic man in a wig, holding up a book for a woman with a wig and monocle to read. Artist's initials in bottom-right. Printed in red ink.
Association amicale des enfants du Nord et du Pas-de-Calais Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Association amicale des enfants du Nord et du Pas-de-Calais". Depicts a woman in a gown, with flowers at her feet, holding a flag bearing heraldic imagery; similar imagery is also behind her. She is surrounded on all sides by a banner with the owner's name. Printed in red ink.
Association pour le Placement en Apprentissage d'Orphelins Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, within a circular border, inscribed in the upper-half: "Travail et erpargne \ bonheur et liberte \ abandon et misere \ malheur et anarchie". Depicts a central female figure standing atop steps, with her head framed by a circular border within which is the word "Fraternite". She is extending one hand to help two orphans ascend the steps, and extending the other palm outward toward two adults (a seated woman and a blacksmith, standing beside an anvil). Below the steps is a banner which reads: "Association pour le Placement en Apprentissage d'Orphelins," and below that banner is inscribed "Fondée en MDCCCXXIX". Outside of the circular border, separate from the image, is inscribed: "Bibliothèque du Patronage de l'Association". The name of the artist and the date are visible between the first and second step.
Augusta Carr Glasgow Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Augusta Carr Glasgow."
Augusta Thornton Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Presented by Mrs. Eliza Ford, of Clifton, 1848. \ Augusta Thornton." Depicts text enclosed within a heraldic belt and buckle.
Auguste Comtesse de Sesseil D'aix Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Auguste Comte_se de Sei_sel D'aix \ née Baronne de Reizen_tein."
Auguste Kichler Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Avgvste Kichler \ A.D. MCMII". Depicts a heraldic device beside dandelions with thorns. Artist's initials in bottom-right.
Auguste la Baronne de Reizenstein Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Auguste \ la Baronne de Reizenstein."
Auguzsina Zriadó Mayol Bookplate
Monogram bookplate with a symmetrical design, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Agvstina \ Triadó \ Mayol". The artist's name and the year is somewhat visible in the bottom-center. Mounted alongside similar bookplate.
Auguzsina Zriadó Mayol Bookplate
Monogram bookplate with a symmetrical design, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Agvstina \ Triadó \ Mayol". The artist's name and the year is somewhat visible in the bottom-center. Mounted alongside similar bookplate. Printed with red and black ink.
Aurelie Wagner-Kirsch Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: 'Aurelia Wagner-Kirsch." Depicts a sailboat in choppy waters approaching a lighthouse on a rock. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-right corner.
Auusta and James Munson Barnard Bookplate
Presentation bookplate, inscribed: "Harvard Law Library \ Gift of James Munson Barnard and Augusta Barnard \ Received [blank]". The Harvard seal and latin motto is included at the top.
Avancez Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Avancez".
Azalea Keyes Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Azalea Keyes \ Ex Libris No. [blank]". Depicts an azalea flower and two keys.
Aña Roos Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aña Roos". Depicts a woman picking roses. Artist's initials in lower-right corner. Pritned in red ink.
B. Kinscherf and G.u. Kinscherf Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aus der Bücherey \ G.u.B. Kinscherf. \ Treu u. wahr." Depicts text flanked by grape leaves, with books and a heraldic device at the bottom.
B. Marbury Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "B. Marbury."
B. Marbury Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "B. Marbury."
B.K. Bookplate
Heraldic monogram, inscribed: "BK".
BCPL Oil Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ BCPL Oil". Depicts a large bird in a boat, on churning waves. There are stars and a lighthouse in the distance. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-right corner.
BCPL Oil Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "BCPL Oil \ Ex Libris". The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed with red ink.
Barbara Bailou Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Barbara Bailou \ Her Book". The text is framed by a standing clock-type shape which includes two shells, two palm trees, and multiple bees in its design. The year is visible in the lower-center, and the artist's initials can be seen in the bottom-right corner.
Barbara Raine Dorrity Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Barba Raine Dorrity \ Her Book". Depicts a young girl clutching her doll in an open field, with cows in the background. Enclosed within a circular frame with flowers. The artist's name is visible in the lower-right corner.
Beatrice Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Beatrice."
Beatrice Venables Vernon Bookplates
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Beatrice Venables Vernon." Depicts a woman kneeling, digging a trowel into the ground and preparing to plant an armful of flowers. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-right corner of the central image.
Beatrice and Clarence Seeley Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Beatrice & Clarence Seeley". Depicts the branch of a cherry tree. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the top-right corner.
Benita Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Benita". Depicts a three-quarter view of a woman with a floral print coat, holding a folded piece of paper. A heraldic device is visible in the upper-left corner. Printed in brown ink.
Berta Garrin Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "[Mans ihpaschums?] \ Berta Garrin". Depicts text on a plaque, flanked by cornucopias of fruit. The artist's initials are visible at the bottom. Printed in green ink.
Bertha Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "MDCCCXCV \ Veritas Ratio \ Bertha \ Ex-Libris". Depicts a building or monument with four visible pillars, sitting among several trees. The image is framed by a roof and two large, ornate pillars.
Bertha C. Hubbard Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "1899 \ Ex Libris \ Bertha C Hubbard". Depicts a symmetrical design featuring two women, their eyes closed, within a Gothic-style window. Artist's initials in bottom corners.
Bertha G. Bamberger Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Bertha G. Bamberger \ Her Book". Depicts a front-facing woman wearing a long black dress and a necklace, seated in front of a book shelf and holding a book in one hand.
Bertha Lorch Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Bertha Lorch". Depicts a small fairy, sitting between the beards of two goat-like men. Beneath her is a river flowing past a few trees in the countryside. Printed in blue ink.
Bertha Lorch Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Bertha Lorch". Depicts a small fairy, sitting between the beards of two goat-like men. Beneath her is a river flowing past a few trees in the countryside.
Bertha Wilkens Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Bertha Wilkens". Depicts a woman sitting within a floral wreath, with an open photo album and holding a pigeon with one hand. The artist's monogram is visible in the bottom-left corner.
Bertha York-Grant Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "From the Books of Bertha York-Grant". Depicts a clown juggling books.
Bertha von Wallenrodt Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris. \ Bertha von Wallenrodt." Depicts heraldic imagery with the overgrown ruins of a castle in the background.
Berthe de Dorwald Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Berthe de Dorwald".
Bessie Morrison Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Bessie Morrison". Text enclosed within a simple design of flowers. Printed in blue ink.
Betty Graham Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Betty Graham \ Ex Libris \ 1896". Depicts a woman wearing a cone hat (hennin), and holding a palette and paintbrush. She is encircled by flowers with thorns, and a bird is perched upon the banner above her head. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-right corner.
Betty Tisdal Bryant and Edgar Reeve Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Edgar Reeve et Betty Tisdale Bryant" and accompanied by the motto "Nemo me impune lacissit".
Bettÿ von Gebhardt Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Bettÿ von Gebhardt". Depicts a cherub sitting on a tree branch, playing the flute while surrounded by birds. Artist's initials visible in bottom-left corner.
Bibliotehk des Kloster zu Notre Dame Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aus der Bibliothek des Kloster zu Notre Dame in Offenburg". Depicts a statue of the Virgin Mary, with sun and stars behind her. She is flanked by flowers, and there are scrolls and books on the floor. The artist's initials and the year is visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed in blue ink.
Bidwell Children's Library Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Bidwell Children's Library". Depicts the side profile of a human figure, flanked by what appear to be feathers. The artist's initials and the year are visible to the right.
Blanca Duncan
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Il faut que chacun cultive son jardin \ Ex Libris \ Blanca Duncan". Depicts a symmetrical garden with a small pool and statue of a woman. There are cornucopias of flowers at the top. The artist's name is visible in the lower-left.
Blanche E. Eliot Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "My Book \ My Friend \ Ex Lib: Blanche E Eliot". Depicts a heraldic device held aloft by two winged insects.
Blanche E.S. Tams Bookplate
Monogram bookplate, inscribed: "Animum ipse parabo \ Blanche E.S. Tams".
Blanche Hoskyns Bookplate
Heraldic monogram, inscribed: "Book openeth book \ Blanche Hoskyns \ North Perrott Manor". Artist information and year in top-left and upper-right.
Blanche Hoskyns Bookplate
Heraldic monogram, inscribed: "Book openeth book \ Blanche Hoskyns \ North Perrott Manor". Artist information and year in top-left and upper-right.
Blanche Hulton Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Blanche \ Blanche Hilton \ Sweet food of sweetly uttered knowledge". Depicts the owner's name within an ornate frame, flanked by flowers. At the bottom are books and a racket. Artist's statement in bottom corners.
Blanche Sandwich Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Blanche Sandwich."

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