Sunday, February 10, 2019

Bookplate inside "The Angry Planet"

This lovely bookplate, with a tree's roots wrapped firmly around a book, appears inside a copy of The Angry Planet, written by John Keir Cross and published in 1946 by Coward-McCann. I'll be referring back to this book in a future post, because its illustrator is Robin Jacques.

Jacques (1920-1995) was renowned for his illustrations for Ruth Manning-Sanders' fairy tale collections, but I plan to write about some of the other amazing work he did during his career. So you'll be seeing more from The Angry Planet.

But today I just wanted to share this bookplate, which states PRESENTED TO, thus making it a bookplate that was specifically for gift-giving. You can see some more beautiful bookplates featuring trees in this Pinterest collection curated by Henk Weltje. I especially love those for Anna Baumgärtner and Pierre E. Apse.

As you can see, this volume was presented to Jon and Lydia Sally. Dr. Jon H. Sally died last October at the age of 83. According to his obituary, his many accomplishments and interests included:

  • "After Kent State, he attended the Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated with his degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic medicine."
  • "He believed in education and commitment to the community as shown by his mentoring of many future doctors, nurse-practitioners and nurses and staff which trained with him thru their practice during his long career."
  • "Dear to his heart was a plaque given to him by Child Health Services of Portage County symbolizing the 'Doctor Mother' that Dr. Sally was to the children of Portage County."
  • "In addition to medicine, Jon had a fervent passion for art. Among other disciplines, he was a prolific sculptor, carver, pencil artist, and painter."

In fact, Dr. Sally had his own art exhibition in 2005, getting the opportunity to display that side of his interests. His biography for that exhibition states, in part:
"His interest in art began in Miss Hutt's grade school class. The young artist had his own ideas and was unable to follow the teacher's vision of how one should color. Consequently, he spent most of his second grade with his head down on the desk, as punishment for his failure to conform. ... During his years at college and medical school, creating art became an outlet for releving stress. ... Now that he has retired, he continues to take pleasure in painting. He also does wood carving and portraiture, but painting is his first love and greatest pleasure."

1 comment:

  1. Dr. Sally's youngest daughter, Lesa Lillibridge of Kent, Ohio, would be proud of the posting of her father's bookplate:

    Bless Dr. Sally's memory.

    -- M.F.