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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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 brown ink, on brown paper. Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise Empress Frederick of Germany Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Victoria AML \ VF \ Imperatrix regina".
Victoria Alexandrina Mary Cecil Herbert Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Victoria Alexandrina Mary Cecil Herbert". Depicts two women and three young girls, sitting in a garden. The children are being read to from a small book. Enclosed within a floral frame.
Victoria Kaiserin u. Königin Auguste Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate for "Auguste Victoria Kaiserin u. Königin". The central figure is an angel with its wings spread. The artist's name and the date are visible in the bottom-right corner.
Victoria Sackville-West Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Victoria Sackville-West."
Victoroire Melle Kesler Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Melle Victoire Kesler. \ Rue de la Couture No 85 \ a Reims." Depicts text within a wreath.
Vida Dutton Scudder Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Man has forever \ Vida Dutton Scudder". A reproduction of Albrecht Du_rer's engraving entitled "Saint Jerome in His Study" (1514). Depicts Saint Jerome with his head bathed in light,working studiously in proximity to a skull, dog, and lion.
Viola Hill Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Viola Hill". Depicts a woman playing a viola, enclosed within a floral border in the shape of a viola body. Printed in green ink.
Violet Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Violet \ Chacun son califourchon". Depicts a witch on a broom within an ornate frame. Printed in blue ink.
Violet Holden Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Violet Holden \ C.A.L. \ 1894 \ Laborare est Orare". Depicts a woman sitting and reading a book, with flowers above her and a palette with brushes at her feet.
Virginia Butler Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Virginia Bvtler". Depicts a nun sitting and reading a book. There is a lantern hanging above her head, and flowers and an inkwell in front of her. Enclosed by a floral border.
Virginia Gerson Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Virginia Gerson \ Her Book". Depicts two banners encircling orchid flowers. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-left corner.
Virginia and Charles Baldwin Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Charles and Virginia Baldwin".
Virginia and Fremont Arford Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate for Fremond and Virginia Alford. Depicts an anchor (the printer's mark of Aldus Manutius) surrounded by a banner which reads: "Ex-Libris \ Envied of kings are the lovers of books." The year ("1904") is visible beneath the anchor, and owners' names are split between the top and bottom. The image is flanked by two pillars.
Virginia and Fremont Arford Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate for Fremond and Virginia Alford. Depicts an anchor (the printer's mark of Aldus Manutius) surrounded by a banner which reads: "Ex-Libris \ Envied of kings are the lovers of books." The year ("1904") is visible beneath the anchor, and owners' names are split between the top and bottom. The image is flanked by two pillars.
Viscountess Bulkeley Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Viscounte_s Bulkeley". Depicts ruins with a background of buildings. Engraver's statement visible in bottom-left corner.
Viscountess Molyneux Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Viscountess Molyneux".
Viscountess Wolseley Bookplate
Heraldic monogram, inscribed: "Viscounte_s Wolseley."
Vtesse de Bonnemains Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Vtesse de Bonnemains".
W Bookplate
Pictorial monogram bookplate with a symmetrical design depicting a castle flanked by flowers.
WML Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "WML".
Waltrud Schulte Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Aus \ Waltrud Schulte's \ Jugend-Bibliothek". Depicts a young girl sitting at her desk, reading a book, with bookshelves beside and above her. There is a doll on her desk, and yarn on the floor. The artist's identity, given as "Papa," is visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed in brown ink.
Wanda Rex Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex libris \ Wanda Rex." Depicts a water lily floating in open water, with a sunrise on the horizon. Artist's name and year at bottom.
Wanda Thewald Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Wanda Thewald \ Ex Libris". Depicts a female angel, with sword and shield, standing amongst flowers and within what resemble large flower petals. She is pointing her sword downward, where a snake is coiled. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed in green ink.
Warren Franklin Kellogg Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Warren Franklin Kellogg". Depicts a man standing in front of a curtained bookcase, reading a book. Behind him is a landscape featuring a tree and clouds. Artist's initials in bottom-right.
Wellesley College Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ [blank] \ Wellesley \ April 6. 1881." Depicts a large house with dual chimneys, within a circular border. There is a cross at the top and a butterfly and winged hourglass at the bottom along with the college seal. The artist's name is visible at the bottom. Printed in blue ink.
Wellesley College Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Sigillum collegii Wellesleiani \ Non ministrari sed ministrare \ 1873." Depicts Wellesley College overlooking the water, with a cross at the top and a butterfly and winged hourglass at the bottom along with the college seal. The artist's name is visible at the bottom. Printed in blue ink.
Wellesley College Library Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Library of Wellesley College \ Non ministrari sed ministrare. \ Presented by [Prof. E.N. Horsford.] \ No. [blank]". Depicts text and the college's seal.
West Presbyterian Church Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ladies Bible Class \ WPB \ West Presbyterian Church." Depicts a lamp encircled by a banner.
Weymouth Georgia Page Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed; "Georgia Weymouth Page". Depicts a branch with round fruit. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the upper-right corner. Printed on pink paper.
Wiilly Stark Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex libris Willy Stark". Depicts a large mansion, with hedges and a tree in the foreground. A heraldic device is below the banner. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-right corner.
Winifred Gales
Book label, inscribed: "Winifred Gales. \ Raleigh, N.C." Printed on blue paper.
Winifred Knight Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Winifred Knight". Depicts a woman in a mask, holding out a book for a hooved, devil-like figure to sign.
Winifreda Watson-Armstrong Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Fortis in armis \ Winifreda Watson-Armstrong \ 1897". Depicts a ruined stone archway, covered in ivy, bearing a heraldic device. Through the archway, a castle and town can be seen in the distance. Printed in red ink.
Wood Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Wood."
Young Ladies' Library Association Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Young Ladies' Library Association. \ Oakland Female Institute, \ No. [1003]."
Young Ladies' Library Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "J. J. M. \ Young Ladies' Library, \ St. Joseph's Academy. \ No. [796] \ Toronto." Depicts text with a shining cross at the top.
Young Men's and Young Ladies' Societies Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Library of the "Young Men's and Young Ladies Societies for the study of the sacred scriptures." \ Dedham, (Ms.) \ No. [79.]" Depicts text enclosed within a floral wreath and ribbon border.
Ysabel Sanchez de Movellan Bookplate
Monogram bookplate, inscribed: "[YMS] \ Ex-Libris \ d. Ysabel Sasnches de Movellan". Artist's name visible, running vertically along the left side: "Gardella Gr. Paris". Printed on beige paper.
Ziska Hamacher Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Ziska Hamacher \ geb Fehr". Depicts a tree and clouds within a symmetrical frame. The artist's name and the year is visible at the bottom.
Zora Belle Messenger Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Zora Belle Messenger". Depicts a hooded monk standing beneath a tree, holding an open book. He is looking sternly at a young man standing beneath a similar tree, wearing a hide loincloth and playing the flute. The artist's name and the year is visible in the lower-right corner.
[AMR?] Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, with the monogram "[AMR?]".
[CJMM?] Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, with the monogram "[CJMM?]".
[Clare?] Streckeysen Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris [Clare?] Streckeysen". A printer's statement with the lithographer's name and location is visible at the bottom.
[Emma?] L. Virginné and Jenny S. Virginné Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "BBB \ EL VS J \ Tria juncta in uno". Depicts a piano, a mandolin resting on a chair, and an angel playing the harp. An open book is visible on the piano. The year is written in manuscript in the bottom-left corner.
[Emma?] L. Virginné and Jenny S. Virginné Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "BBB \ EL VS J \ Tria juncta in uno". Depicts a piano, a mandolin resting on a chair, and an angel playing the harp. An open book is visible on the piano. The year is written in manuscript in the bottom-left corner.
[FMR?] Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, with the monogram "[FMR?]".
[H. Freiin v?] Lettau Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "E libris meis \ "H Freiin [v?] Lettau". Depicts a woman sitting and looking down at a book as she turns the page. A heraldic device is beside her head. The artist's initials and the year are visible in the center of the image.
[Jud?] Sharn Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "[Jud?]: Sharn".
[MCL] Bookplate
Monogram bookplate, inscribed :"[MCL \ Ex Libris]". Printed in brown ink.

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