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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Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim." Depicts a lyre and branch with leaves. Printed in green ink.
Carolyn V. Kramer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Carolyn V. Kramer \ Her Book". Depicts a woman reading a book beside her cat. There is a bookshelf behind her, and two heraldic devices at the top. Artist's initials at bottom.
Carra Lane Fanning Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Carra Lane Fanning". Depicts text within a floral frame. The artist's name and the year is visible below the owner's name.
Catalina Juliana Mason Myers Bookplate
Presentation bookplate, inscribed: "The collection of Theodorus Bailey Myers \ Presented by his widow \ Catalina Juliana Mason Myers… \ to the New York Public Library \ Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations ... \ 1899". Depicts text within an ornate frame, with two heraldic devices at the top. Engraver/printer's statement at bottom.
Caterina Dolfino Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Caterina Dolfino".
Catharine Berens Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Catharine Berens."
Catharine Bursdem Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Catharina Bursdem."
Catharine L. Howard Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Sola virtus invicta \ Catharine L. Howard".
Catharine M. Mellinsh Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Catharine M. Mellish."
Catharine Susan Heiskell Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Catharine Susan Heiskell. \ No. [blank]".
Cathe Nevill Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Cathe Nevill".
Catherine Burton Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Catharine Burton."
Catherine Dunmore Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Catherine Dvnmore".
Catherine Josephine Schiff Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "semper eadem \ Ex Libris Catherine Jo_ephine Schiff". Depicts a woman reading within an open-air stone structure; a ship can be seen sailing in the distance. The artist's initials can be seen in the bottom-right corner.
Catherine Josephine Schiff Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "semper eadem \ Ex Libris Catherine Jo_ephine Schiff". Depicts a woman reading within an open-air stone structure; a ship can be seen sailing in the distance. The artist's initials can be seen in the bottom-right corner. Printed on blue paper.
Catherine L. Weyman Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "L. Catherine Weyman. \ 'Laborum dulce lenimen.'" Printed on yellow paper.
Catherine McAndrew Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Catherine McAndrew."
Catherine Neville Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Honble. Catherine Neville".
Catherine Penelope Jones Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Catharine Penelope Jones."
Catherine Short Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Catherine Short."
Catherine Stanton Holmes Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Catherine Stanton Holmes \ 1840." Depicts a woman in an ornate robe reading a book while standing upon a pedestal.
Catherine Stone Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Catherine Stone, Cambridge."
Cecilia Isabella Finch Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Virtus parentum \ Cecilia Isabella Finch".
Cecilie Harington and Ricardi Harington Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Arma ricardi harington et cecilie uxoris ejus".
Cecukua Georginia Boyle Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Cecilia Georgiana Boyle."
Charlott Anne Morton Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "[Ride sed cuj?] [illegible] \ Ex Libris Charlotte Anne Morton". Depicts a woman sitting by a window, with a body of water and boat in the distance. She is holding a pair of keys in one hand, with an open book sitting on her lap, and petting a small dog. Another dog is sleeping on the floor. The year is visible inscribed upon the cover of a book in the center-left area of the image, and the artist's name can be seen in the bottom-right corner.
Charlott D. Knox Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Moveo et proficio \ München \ Charlotte D Knox". Depicts a hooded woman sitting between heraldic devices, sketching the skyline of a distant city. Artist's name in bottom-right of central image.
Charlott Leighton Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Charlotte Leighton."
Charlotte Amelia Baker Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Charlotte Amelia Baker."
Charlotte Amelia Baker Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Charlotte Amelia Baker."
Charlotte C. Diemer Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Charlotte C. Diemer."
Charlotte Drummond Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Charlotte Drummond."
Charlotte Fitzhardinge Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Charlotte Fitzhardinge."
Charlotte Gleason Davis Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Charlotte Gleason Davis".
Charlotte Gunning Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Charlotte Gunning."
Charlotte Reifferscheidt Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Charlotte Reifferscheidt". Depicts a woman gazing out of an open window. Artist's initials and year visible in bottom right corner.
Charlotte Selwyn Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate.
Charlotte Sparrow Bishton Bookplate
Monogram bookplate, inscribed: "CSB \ Bishton."
Charlotte Thairwall Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "E Libris \ Charlotte Thairlwall. \ Clamabunt omnes te, Liber, esse meum". The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-left corner.
Charlotte Thairwall Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "E Libris \ Charlotte Thairlwall. \ Clamabunt omnes te, Liber, esse meum". The artist's initials and the year are visible in the bottom-left and right corners, respectively.
Charlotte West Bookplate
Bookplate inscribed in manuscript: "Charlotte West. \ 1772."
Charlotte and Alfred Strasser Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Alfred Strasser Charlotte \ Ex Libris". The artist's name and the year is visible at the bottom.
Chester Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate.
Christel Ott Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Christel Ott". Depicts a young lady with a large feather in her hat, holding an open book and leaning forward from a gust of wing. The artist's initias are visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed in brown ink. Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Christel Ott Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Christel Ott". Depicts a young lady with a large feather in her hat, holding an open book and leaning forward from a gust of wing. The artist's initias are visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed in blue ink. Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Christina Cairu[t] Mansfield and Joannes Markenzie Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Joannes Markenzie et Christina Cariu[t]h Mansfield \ uxor ejus" along with the motto "virtute et labore".
Christina Schlatter Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Chri_tina Schlatter \ Was von oben uns gegeben \ Obs nur kurz vierliehn, \ Wird als Sonnglanz \ unfer Leben \ heiligend durchglühn". Depicts the sun rising behind a church teeple, with a large sunflower in the bottom-right corner. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-left corner.
Christine Fehn Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Strebe zum höchsten \ Christine Fehn". Depicts the side profile of a woman in a headdress, looking toward a small cherub with a bow. Below them is a locomotive, and a cherub wearing a conductor's hat. All are surrounded by flowers. The artist's name and the location is visible in the top corners. Printed on green paper. Mounted alongside a duplicate.
Christine Fehn Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Strebe zum höchsten \ Christine Fehn". Depicts the side profile of a woman in a headdress, looking toward a small cherub with a bow. Below them is a locomotive, and a cherub wearing a conductor's hat. All are surrounded by flowers. The artist's name and the location is visible in the top corners. Printed on beige paper. Mounted alongside a duplicate.

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