Friday, August 31, 2018

Bookplate inside "The Thurber Carnival"

This three-inch-wide bookplate is affixed to the front endpapers (right side) of The Thurber Carnival, which features a popular collection of stories and drawings created by James Thurber between 1931 and 1945. This is the Modern Library hardcover (No. 85), which was published in 1957.

While the cover sketch is by Thurber himself, there is no credit for the rest of the design, including the colors and typography.

As for the ship-, globe- and book-themed bookplate, it appears that Edward S. Strauss is bit too generic of a name for us to get a firm foothold in any kind of search. There was an Edward S. Strauss who lived from 1864 to 1932 and is buried in Riverside, California. But he obviously died before this book was published. There are some other leads, but with nothing else to go on, there's probably no way of avoiding a wild-goose chase.

Clearly, this is why folks should put their city, date of birth, Social Security number and name of favorite childhood pet onto their bookplate.

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