CIRCULAR TO ALL FISAE CONTACTS
This email is directed to anyone who has a copy of the above-mentioned book, but who does not read German.
Or you may know of a library holding this book, and in need of the English translation described below.
We are including German-speakers in the circulation list, because you may know of friends who would like to receive the English translation (which is of the introduction, not the full catalogue).
If you are already a member of The Bookplate Society, this email is just for information, unless you are able to help publicise this journal.
We ask anyone who publishes an exlibris newsletter or journal to please include mention of the availability of this translation.
It is an impossible task to get in contact with all the people and libraries who purchased this book, but maybe you can help a little.
O'Dell, Dr Ilse: Deutsche und Osterreichische Exlibris 1500-1599 im Department of Prints and Drawings im Britischen Museum, published 2003 by British Museum Press.
This book was published only in German, which we believe was a mistake by the publisher. To make this German text accessible to readers of English, the Autumn 2013 issue of The Bookplate Journal reprints in English the extensive introduction, plus some improved illustrations.
Of the 72 pages in this well-produced journal, 38 pages are devoted to the English translation of Dr O’Dell’s important introductory explanation and historical overview, accompanied by 43 illustrations of which 16 are full page, a number of which are in colour. These illustrations have been chosen to match references in the text. Original 16th century German exlibris from the remarkable Franks and Rosenheim collections in the British Museum have been re-photographed and, where possible, are shown at actual dimensions (except where the originals are larger than the journal's 185x245mm page size). In the 2003 book, images were unfortunately manipulated in size to fit four to a page.
A second major article in this Autumn 2013 issue of The Bookplate Journal is Brian North Lee’s well-informed piece on “Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks as a Bookplate Collector”. This originally appeared as Chapter 17 (pages 308-316) in Caygill & Cherry’s A.W. Franks – Nineteenth-Century Collecting and the British Museum, BM Press, 1997 (now out of print). To this essay are now added further notes dealing with some aspects that Lee was unable to research.
This journal sells to non-members of The Bookplate Society for £14/$22.50 plus postage (less 35% on quantity for the book trade, but again postage extra). Additional copies are being printed so that libraries and other owners of the O’Dell book can access the English text. Available end-October 2013.
You will find a larger image of the cover plus the contents page at
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It is not too late to join The Bookplate Society for 2013. The Society has an international membership, and is a not-for-profit association of collectors, bibliophiles, artists, and others dedicated to promoting bookplate study. The focus, of course, tends to be on British exlibris, but we try to include . You will receive the Spring 2013 journal, the Autumn 2013 journal described above, and the book British Royal Bookplates. Amazing value for the non-UK subscription price of £39 (£40.25 by PayPal). Go to www.bookplatesociety.org for further details. You can join online at www.bookplatesociety.org/membership3.htm and you can pay by PayPal at www.bookplatesociety.org/membership2.htm .
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