This week the California Historical Society will be visiting Los Angeles for the LA Archives Bazaar. In honor of our visit down south, today's Type Tuesday features beautiful bookplates from the Los Angeles Public Library.
Joan L. West's handsome volume, The Bookplates of the Los Angeles Public Library, was published in 1971 as the LAPL was approaching its 100th anniversary. The LAPL started as the Los Angeles Library Association in 1872 as a subscription library. Bookplates were used in the library's early days and provided information such as whether the book had been given or loaned to the library, from whom the book came from, and whether it was to be circulated or not. Below is an example of the bright yellow bookplate used by the Los Angeles Library Association.
In 1879 the Library Association officially became the Los Angeles Public Library and by June of 1889 it had moved its seven thousand volumes to its new location at LA's new City Hall. The Board of Library Commissioners decided a new bookplate was in order and offered to the public a prize of $10.00 for the winning design. P. Dore of the Crocker Lithograph Company took the prize with the design seen below, featuring an angel aloft high above Los Angeles, holding a torch and two palm fronds.
The bookplate featured in West's book commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the library is shown below. Printed on mauve colored paper the design features the grizzly bear and star from the Original Bear Flag of California.
The Kemble Collection on Western Printing and Publishing at the California Historical Society features a number of books on bookplates and its own collection of bookplates used throughout the state of California. Stop by and take a look!