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.

Learn More About the Collection

Pages

Theodosia Anderson Middlemore Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Theodosia Anderson Middlemore".
Therese Lévy Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Therese Lévy \ Her Book". Depicts grapes and leaves hanging above water. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-corners.
Therese Neuberger Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex \ Therese Neuburger \ Libris". Depicts a woman kneeling beneath a rose bush, holding flowers in both hands. Printed in blue ink. The artist's initials and the year are visible to the lower-right of the flowers.
Therese de Sainte Margueritte Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "There_e de Sainte Margueritte".
Thilde and Arthur von Wallpach Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Maneger waent eckennen mich der fielbe nie eckande fich. \ Diz buoch gehoeret Arthur unde Thilde von Wallpach [zuo?]." Depicts a woodcut featuring a man pointing toward a woman, his hand touching hers. The artists' names are visible in the bottom-left and right corners of the central image.
Thilde von Wallpach Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Dies buch eignet \ Thilde von Wallpach." Depicts a harp made of flowers, with a rural landscape visible within. Artist's initials at bottom. Printed in red ink.
Thilde von Wallpach Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Thilde von Wallpach \ 19 \ Ex Libris \ 03". Depicts a woman singing, standing within a carved tree resembling a harp. Printed in red ink.
Thilde von Wallpach Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aus der Bücherie \ Thilde von Wallpachs." Depicts a fisherman recoiling as a nude woman emerges from the water, grasping his fishing line.
Thilde von Wallpach Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Immer der Sonne zu! \ Buch der Thilde von Wallpach." Depicts a sunflower growing from a book, with the sun behind it. The artist's initials and the year are visible to the left of the book.
Thilde von Wallpach Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "19 \ Thilde von Wallpachs Buch. \ 03". Depicts a man with a cane removing his cap as he passes a woman wearing a bonnet. They are framed by a wreath, and there are two hearts at their feet.
Thurston Fund Bookplate
Presentation book label, inscribed: "Long Island Historical Society. \ Thurston Fund, \ Founded in 1865, by Miss Caroline Thurston and Miss Ellen Thurston, \ In memory of their brother, Frederick G. Thurston. \ For a department of the History of Egypyt, The Holy Land, and Greece."
Tilly Rasch Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aus der Bücherey \ von Tolly Rasch." Depicts a woman holding a book, with a portrait in an oval frame directly behind her. The artist's signature and year is visible in the bottom-right corner.
Tixier La Sœur Basile Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Sr. Basile Tixier, \ Maîtresse des Novices."
Ulda Huber Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ulda Hvber". Depicts the silhouette of a nude figure sitting on a rock within water, playing a harp. Artist's initials at bottom.
Una Witting and Walter Witting Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Walther u. Una Witting." Depicts a mother and child within a heart-shaped border, surrounded by flowers. There is a heraldic device below them. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed in red ink.
Una Witting and Walter Witting Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Walther u. Una Witting." Depicts a mother and child within a heart-shaped border, surrounded by flowers. There is a heraldic device below them. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed in green ink on red paper.
Una Witting and Walter Witting Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Walther u. Una Witting." Depicts a mother and child within a heart-shaped border, surrounded by flowers. There is a heraldic device below them. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed on yellow paper.
Una Witting and Walter Witting Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Walther u. Una Witting." Depicts a mother and child within a heart-shaped border, surrounded by flowers. There is a heraldic device below them. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed on blue paper.
Una Witting and Walter Witting Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Walther u. Una Witting." Depicts a mother and child within a heart-shaped border, surrounded by flowers. There is a heraldic device below them. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-left corner.
Una Witting and Walter Witting Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Noten von Walther und Una Witting." Depicts a nude woman and man, sitting within musical notes on separate lines and holding hands. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed with red and green ink.
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate.
Unidentified Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "[illegible] \ For him was levere have at his beddes heed \ Twenty bookes, clad in blak or reede \ Of Aristotle and his philosophie \ Than robes riche, or fithele, or gay sautrie. (Cant: Tales)". Depicts a bed with a headboard featuring a Greek inscription and images of women reading. There is a bookshelf above the bed, and an open book and lit candle on the nightstand beside it. A monogram is in the top-right corner of the image. Artist's name and year at bottom.
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate. Artist or printer's statements in bottom corners.
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate. Engraver's statement in Latin at foot.
Unidentified Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Il n'est roses sans epines". Depicts a blank armorial shape set within a group of flowers.
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate.
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate.
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Festina lente".
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Abe de mon no murdera".
Unidentified Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "III. \ V. \ 283. \ I - XXX." Depicts text within a frame with heraldic cornerpieces. Printed on yellow paper.
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate.
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Bibliotheque du Chateau".
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate.
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate.
Unidentified Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate.
V.D. Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ VD \ AD 1896". Depicts a windmill and stream, with a stone path and bare trees in the foreground.
V.G. Bookplate
Heraldic monogram, inscribed: "VG".
V.M.K. Bookplate
Monogram bookplate, inscribed: "V.M.K. \ [Haec?] est victoria quae vincit mundum fides nostra". Artist's name at bottom.
V.R. Windesor Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Bibliothec \ Reg in Castel \ Windesor \ VR \ [illegible]". The artist and engraver's names are visible in the bottom corners. Printed with red ink.
V.R. Windesor Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Bibliothec \ Reg in Castel \ Windesor \ VR \ [illegible]". The artist and engraver's names are visible in the bottom corners. Printed with red ink.
Valeria Brettauer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Rast' ich so rost ich. \ Bibliothekzeichen Valeria Brettauer. \ Trie_t. \ 1898." Depicts a cherub playing the lute, sitting among books and flanked by flowers. There is a piano beside a window in the background. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed in blue ink.
Valeria Brettauer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Rast ich so rost ich \ Ex Libris \ Valerie Brettauer \ Triest MDCCCXCVIII". Depicts the portrait medallion of a man in a wig, with stringed instruments and musical notes below. The artist's initials are visible at the bottom. Printed in blue ink.
Valeria Brettauer and Ludwig Brettauer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Lvdwig & Valerie Brettaver \ Triest MDCCCXCVIII \ No [blank]". The artist's initials are visible at the bottom. Printed in red ink. Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Valeria Brettauer and Ludwig Brettauer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Lvdwig & Valerie Brettaver \ Triest MDCCCXCVIII \ No [blank]". The artist's initials are visible at the bottom. Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Vassar College Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Library \ Vassar College \ Purity and Wisdom \ A.D. 1861 \ F.F. Thompson Building". Depicts the Vassar College seal featuring the Greek goddess Athena holding books and an olive branch, with the Parthenon in the background.
Vera Vetter Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Vera Vetter". Depicts a woman sitting beneath a fruit tree, holding a basket of fruit. The artist's initials are visible in the lower-right.
Verena Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Verena." Depicts a woman with braided hair reading a book. The trunks of several trees are visible behind her, and a heraldic device can be seen in the bottom-left corner.
Victoire Signet Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex-libris \ Victoire Signet". Depicts a scaled fish with its mouth open, flanked by cattail plants, with the sun rising over the water behind it. There is illegible text at the bottom. Printed in blue ink, on blue paper. Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Victoire Signet Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex-libris \ Victoire Signet". Depicts a scaled fish with its mouth open, flanked by cattail plants, with the sun rising over the water behind it. There is illegible text at the bottom.
Victoire Signet Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex-libris \ Victoire Signet". Depicts a scaled fish with its mouth open, flanked by cattail plants, with the sun rising over the water behind it. There is illegible text at the bottom. Printed on green paper.

Pages

Islandora Bookmark

Bookmarks: