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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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 white paper.
Christine Virginia Baker Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Our immortal spirits grow like harmony in music. \ Christine Virginia Baker". Depicts an angel, standing within a cathedral-style window, playing a violin-like instrument. The text is displayed on a banner which wraps around each of the angel's wings, as well as scrolling along the bottom.
Cicely Gregson Bookplate
Bookplate painted in watercolor, inscribed: "Cicely Gregson." Depicts a natural scene featuring multiple plants/trees and a body of water. Includes green, blue, and red ink.
Cicely Gregson Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "N A, \ a \ Cicely Gregson".
Claire Beringuier Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, in a circular design, inscribed: "Claire Beringuier née la Quiante".
Claire Deake Butterfield Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Clare Deake Butterfield \ Ex Libris". Depicts a winged lion resting its paw upon a heraldic image. In the background are stars and a crescent moon.
Claire de Call Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Claire de Call." Depicts a woman sitting and reading beside a window of stained glass which features heraldic imagery. The artist's initials and the year are visible at the top.
Claire de Call Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris Claire de Call." Depicts a woman sitting and reading beside a window of stained glass which features heraldic imagery. The artist's initials and the year are visible at the top. Printed in red ink.
Claire von Frerichs Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Loquar ad cor eius in solitudine \ 1900 \ Ex Libris \ Claire von Frerichs". Depicts a unicorn with spots, standing among foliage. The artist's initials are visible in the top-left corner.
Clara Albert Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Clara Albert \ Ex Libris". Depicts an angel balancing above water upon what resembles a giant pearl, holding shells and pearls in one arm and pulling up her flowing clothing with the other. She is framed by flowers and vines resembling drapery The artist's monogram, reading "Anna May," is visible in the lower-left corner.
Clara Barlösius Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex libris \ Clara Barlösius". Depicts a spindle on a black background, flanked symmetrically by the side-profile of two angels. The artist's name is visible in the lower-right corner.
Clara DuBois and Cornelius Delafield Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Know something about everything \ Clara DuBois \ Cornelius Delafield DuBois \ and everything about something". The artist's monogram is visible in the lower-left corner.
Clara Elvira Little Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex libris \ Clara Elvira Little". Depicts an open window, through which the outline of a tree can be seen. The window is flanked symmetrically by two lit candles and two bookshelves.
Clara Erskine Waters Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Think well \ Clara Erskine Waters."
Clara Holzmann-Forrer and Adolph Holzmann-Forrer Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Adolph und Clara Holzmann-Forrer \ Zvrich". Depicts a stringed instrument, with a heraldic device above and a sailboat and castle in the distance. Artist's name and year in bottom-left.
Clara Jane Constance Pearce Edgcumbe and Edward Robert Edgcumbe Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Edward Robert and Clara Jane Constance Pearce Edgcumbe". Depicts a woman sitting upon her bed with an open book, looking behind her toward a stained glass window featuring heraldic imagery.
Clara Stryowski Bädeker Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ C. Stryowski Bädeker." Depicts several buildings and towers (possibly St. Mary's Church in Gda_sk), with several covered in vines, within an oval border. A grapevine is climbing up the left side of the frame, and a heraldic device is in the upper-left corner. An owl in flight is in the top-right corner, and a larger owl is centered at the bottom of the image. The artist's initials are visible in the bottom-left corner. Printed in brown ink.
Clara Webster Hicht and Leroy Lincoln Hicht Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Regarde bien \ Library of Leroy Lincoln Hicht and Clara Webster Hicht \ No [blank]". Depicts a lamp suspended by chains, casting light upon a bookshelf and open book. There is a heraldic device in the top-left. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-right of the central image. Printed in red ink.
Clara de Chatelain Bookplate and Ernest de Chatelain Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "The arms of Ernest Chevalier de Chatelain & of Clara his wife".
Clare Grammond Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed in manuscript: "[Clare D. Grammond?]".
Clarisa Eliza Water Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Clari_sa Eliza Waters."
Clementine Böhm Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Clementine Böhm". Depicts an open book and a caduceus, with piles of books and Earth behind them. Several heraldic devices can be seen in the upper-corners of the image. The artist's name is visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed with red ink, on coated grey or dark green paper.
Clementine Horwitz Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Clementine Horwitz". Depicts a young girl sitting within a large "H," reading a book. Enclosed within a frame of books and flowers. Artist's initials in bottom-right corner.
Comitille Hrundelle Beatrice Bookplate
Heraldic bookpate, inscribed: "sigillum Beatrice comitille Hrundelle et Surreie". Cut in a circular shape, with ribbons.
Comte a Mlle de Rouen Bookplate
Heraldic monogram bookplate. Artist's initials visible in the bottom-left corner.
Comtesse Xavier de Blacas Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "Bibliothèque de la Comtesse Xavier de Blacas". The text is enclosed within an ornate frame with mantling.
Comtesse de Rigny Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Château de Ris \ Ctesse de Rigny."
Comtesse de Vaudreuil Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Comtesse de Vaudreuil. \ Gouvernement du Louvre." Depicts heraldic imagery held aloft by angels.
Constance Jelf-Sharp Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Constans et fidelitate \ Dower \ The Hovse \ Constance Jelf-Sharp \ Ex Libris". Depicts a heraldic device surrounded by flowers, with the framed image of a house beside it. Artist's initials and year at bottom.
Constance Madame La Comtesse Rzewuska Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "De la Bibliotheque de Madame la Comtesse Constance Rzewuska nee Princess Lubomirska". Depicts the small figure of a woman, reclining with a book and caduceus.
Constance O'Brien Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Who draw comforting curtains knit of fancy's yarn nightly between them and the frosty world \ Constance O'Brien". Depicts two individuals in medieval dress; one is drawing curtains, while the other sits beside books and a fireplace. There is a harp on the mantle, and a heraldic device in the bottom-left corner of the image. The artist's name and the year is visible in the bottom-right corner.
Constance Rochfort Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "De rupe forte. \ Ex Libris \ 'Yet I doubt not through the ages one increasing purpose runs \ and the thoughts of men are widen'd with the process of the suns' \ Constance Rochfort." Depicts a large flower and a heraldic device enclosed within a floral frame. Features a quote from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Locksley Hall". Artist monogram and year in bottom-right.
Constantia Freeman Bookplate
Bookplate, inscribed: "And books we know are a substantial world both pure and good \ Constantia Freeman". The artist's name and the year is visible in the bottom corners.
Constantia Mostyn Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Constantia Mostyn."
Contessa Donna Ippoliti Bentivoglio Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Donna Ippoliti Bentivoglio \ Conteßa di [illegible]".
Cordelia H. and Martin M. Simmon Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Legend of Robin Goodfellow \ Ex Libris Cordelia H. and Martin M. Simmon." Depicts a winged cherub, in an interior scene, painting. The image is enclosed within an ornate frame featuring flowers, and at the top a cherub defending a woman from a bull. The owners names are inscribed within an open book sitting on the floor.
Countess Dowr of Dartmouth Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Counte_s Dowr of Dartmouth."
Countess [Sarzinskee?] Bookplate
Heraldic monogram bookplate, inscribed: "MR".
Countess de Beauchamp Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Countess of Beauchamp."
Countess de Sandwhich Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Post tot naufragia portum \ The Rt. Hon.ble the Countess of Sandwhich".
Countess de Tyrconnel Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Counte_s of Tyrconnel."
Countess of Dundonald
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Tria juncia in uno \ virture labore \ Countess of Dundonald."
Countess of Harrington Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "A deo et rege \ Counte_s of Harrington".
Cox Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "Sanctitas domini".
Ctesse d'Erceville Bookplate
Book label, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Ctesse d'Erceville \ Château de Poissons \ (Hte Marne)".
Ctesse la Charles de Damas Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "La Ctesse. Charles de Damas".
Cäcilie Schulte v. B. Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "si omnes ego non \ Mein Buch!!! \ Cäcilie Schulte v. B. \ Clermont-Tonnerre". Depicts a woman with flowers in her hair, pointing with one hand upward toward the sun and with the other down toward the ground. Behind her the sun can be seen rising above a large mountain. A heraldic device is visible in the lower-right corner. Printed with red, blue, yellow, and green ink.
Cäcilie von Bose Bookplate
Pictorial bookplate, inscribed: "Ex Libris \ Cäcilie von Bo_e". Depicts a women wearing a crown, holding a heraldic device, The artist's monogram is visible in the bottom-right corner. Printed with red ink.
D. Dering Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "[oenin3 onanæ7ano 7enin3?] \ D. Dering".
D. Folkes Bookplate
Heraldic bookplate, inscribed: "[D.] Folkes". The owner's first initial is overwritten in manuscript.

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