Friday, March 14, 2008

Bookplates in the Oriental Institute Research Archives

[8/13/08: An updated version of this post appears here, at the Ancient World Bloggers Group Blog.

[Originally posted 2/14/08, updated below on 2/28/08 and 3/14/08]

This is the very plain bookplate of the collection known as the Director's Library. Traditionally this was the collection housed in the Director's Study. The core of the Director's Library was the collection of James Henry Breasted (see the bookplate below). Much of the Director's Library was absorbed and integrated into the Research Archives in the early 1970's. Almost all of the remainder of it (with the exception of the Director's Study collection of publications of the Oriental Institute) was absorbed by the Research Archives during the directorship of William Sumner when the Study was renovated and restored.

This is the personal bookplate of James Henry Breasted. The design used on the bookplate is the same as that used on Ulric Henry Ellerhusen's tympanum over the doorway to the Oriental Institute (and seen also here and here in architect's models, with a variant design here). I am not sure whether the bookplate or the tympanum design were the original iteration of the idea, but the existence of variants of the tympanum rather suggests that the architectural version was first.

The bookplates illustrated below are from book in the collections of the Research Archives. Some were acquired through purchase, others by bequest.

Hans Bernhard Ambrosius Abel

Sidney Edward Bouverie Bouverie-Pusey

S. R. Driver and Godfrey Rolles Driver

Ernst Herzfeld
Biographical Sketch of Ernst Emil Herzfeld

Gustave Jéquier
Gustave Jequier, 1868-1946

Georg [Christian Julius] Möller

Charles Francis Nims

Keith Cedric Seele

Wilhelm Spiegelberg
Wilhelm Spiegelberg (* 25. Juni 1870 in Hannover; † 23. Dezember 1930 in München) war ein deutscher Ägyptologe. Er trat durch seine maßgeblichen Forschungen über demotische Papyri hervor

Walter Wreszinski

and finally...

This bookplate was presented to me when I left the Oriental Institute in June 2005. It was (I think) thought up and designed by Tom Urban, using Mark Garrison's drawing of Persepolis Fortification Seal 1, (Cat.No. 182, pp. 272-274, Pl. 100c-e in Seals on the Persepolis Fortification Tablets, Volume I: Images of Heroic Encounter, by Mark B. Garrison and Margaret Cool Root).

This bookplate doesn't strictly speaking belong in this compilation, because no book in the Research Archives carries it. I guess this means I'll need to make a donation to become legitimate.

The study of the Bookplate, or Exlibris, is an interesting topic. See here, and here, and here, for instance. I suggest in particular, that those of you interested in the subject might like to consult Antike im Exlibris 2 Griechenland im Exlibris, and, Antike im Exlibris. Teil 1, Aegypten im Exlibris. A copy of the latter is in the Research Archives.


Since the intial posting, I have had several interesting responses, both in the comments on the blog, and offline. The following bookplates have been brought to our attention by correspondents [February 28th 2008]:

James Henry Breasted's bookplate altered to identify books in the collection donated to the Research Archives by Gregory Areshian [Courtesy of Foy Scalf]

Armas Salonen [Courtesy of Bob Whiting]

Silvin Kosak Created by the Slovene painter and sculptor Andrej Ajdic [Courtesy of Silvin Kosak]

Edda Bresciani Scanned from: La tradizione degli ex libris nella provincia di Lucca. 103 esemplari stampati dalla tipografia Biagini di Lucca. Forte dei Marmi 29-30-31 luglio 1994, printed by: Tipografia Biagini, Lucca 1994. [Courtesy of Giuseppe Del Monte]


Since the revised posting, I have had additional interesting responses. The following have been brought to our attention by correspondents [March 14th 2008]:

Louis Herbert Gray [From a book in the Research Archives. Courtesy of Foy Scalf]

Egyptological (or Egyptomaniacal) bookplates in the collection of Lewis Jaffe at Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Peter Dorman to be named President of AUB

The Chronicle of Higher Education's News Blog is reporting that:
The American University of Beirut is expected to name the University of Chicago’s Peter Dorman as its new president next week. Mr. Dorman, an Egyptologist and chairman of Chicago’s department of Near Eastern languages and civilizations, said he planned to accept when the American University of Beirut, known as AUB, makes the offer official...

There is an entry for Dorman at the website of the Universiy of Chicago Divison of the Humanities, and the stub of an entry in wikipedia.