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Bookplates and award labels designed by Stephen Gooden


Stephen Gooden (1892-1955) was an artist and engaver, mainly on copper. Much of his best work was done for the Nonesuch Press.

Gooden's designs for bookplates issued before 1944 are reproduced in the book by Campbell Dodgson (1944) An Iconography of the Engravings of Stephen Gooden. London: Elkin Matthews.

This book was published in a limited edition of 500 numbered copies of which numbers 1 - 160 are bound in dark blue, gilt cloth backed with white vellum, with the title, author and date on the spine in gold. The book contains a signed engraving by Gooden dated 1943 and was issued in a plain white cloth slip case. The remaining 340 numbered copies are bound in dark blue, gilt cloth and do not contain a signed engraving.

Gooden designed at least 14 bookplates after 1944, so they were not numbered by Dodgson.

As well as designing bookplates for people and organisations, Gooden designed prize labels, also to be pasted inside the front covers of books, so they are included here. They are also listed by Dodgson.


Photo of Gooden in about 1937

Stephen Gooden in about 1937


The table below gives the following information:

I have only listed a specific state if it is a different printed version of the plate, rather than just a trial proof taken by Gooden to enable him to see the design as it was was being developed.

Credits

Information about bookplates and images of several have been kindly provided by Anthony Pincott of The Bookplate Society and are marked (AP). One image has been kindly provided by a Private Collector in Scotland (PCS).


Update on 5/4/2020

Bookplate designed but not engraved by Stephen Gooden

A bookplate is reported that was designed by Stephen Gooden and engraved by Henry Wilkinson (1921-2011) for Robert Crichton-Stuart.



Table of bookplates and award labels designed by Stephen Gooden

SG Name (with link to person or place) Year States H (mm) W (mm) C.D. Where Notes
1.0 J.N. Hart 1923 7.00 98.0 67.0 129 BM See here (AP)
2.0 Leigh D. Brownlee 1923 1.00 102.0 64.0 130
3.0 G.F. & A.E. Waley 1924 2.00 81.0 56.0 131
4.0 Joseph Hugh Leycester 1924 1.00 102.0 64.0 132
5.0 S.L. Courtauld 1925 2.00 114.0 89.0 133 See here
6.0 Katherine Cromer 1925 2.00 111.0 64.0 134 See here (AP)
7.0 Mona Gooden 1926 2.00 51.0 60.0 138 See here
8.0 Geoffrey Keynes 1926 2.00 51.0 79.0 137 See here (AP)
9.0 Dorothy Moulton Mayer 1926 2.00 95.0 54.0 136 VA See here (AP)
10 Mary Thynne 1926 5.00 76.0 76.0 135
11 Harold Hartley 1927 3.00 86.0 86.0 140
12 Bertine Entwistle Sutton 1927 1.00 84.0 64.0 139 See here
13.1 Antoinette Brett 1927 12.00 92.0 64.0 141 See here (AP)
13.2 Antoinette Esher 1927 .00 90.0 62.0 141 See here
14 Edward and Cicely Hutchinson 1928 3.00 97.0 60.0 143 See here (AP)
15 Margaret Griselda Wedderburn 1928 1.00 86.0 64.0 142 Wife of Hartley. See here
16 George Courtauld 1931 2.00 140.0 79.0 144 BM
17 Imperial Defence College Library 1932 2.00 127.0 62.0 145 See here (AP)
18 The Lakeside Press Library Chicago 1932-33 2.00 83.0 81.0 146 AIC See here (AP)
19 John Raymond Danson 1934 3.00 108.0 64.0 147 See here
20 George Harrap 1935 1.00 113.0 65.0 148 See here (AP)
21 Liverpool Medical Institution Library 1936 2.00 132.0 87.0 149 See here
22 George Senter 1936 1.00 59.0 62.0 150 See here (AP)
23 Royal Library Windsor , small 1937 3.00 71.0 59.0 151
23.1 Ibid, cypher G VI R (George VI) at base 1937 71.0 59.0 151 See here
23.2 Ibid, no letters, jaw dropped 1937 71.0 59.0 151 See here (AP)
24 Royal Library Windsor, medium 1937 5.00 138.0 86.0
24.1 Ibid, cypher E R (Edward VIII) at top 1937 138.0 86.0 Not used
24.2 Ibid, cypher G VI R (George VI) at top 1937 138.0 86.0 152 See here
24.3 Ibid, cypher E R (Elizabeth, Queen Mother) at top 1937 138.0 86.0
24.4 Ibid, no cypher at top 1937 122.0 86.0 137 See here
25 Royal Library Windsor, large 1937 7.00 175.0 111.0 154
25.1 Ibid, cypher G VI R (George VI) at top 1937 7.00 175.0 111.0 154 See here (AP)
25.2 Ibid, no letters or numerals (after CD?) 1937 175.0 111.0 154 See here
26 William George Arthur, 4th Baron Harlech 1938 4.00 175.0 133.0 155 See here
27 Hertfordshire Art Society (award label) 1938 1.00 138.0 86.0 154 Assoc with Louise Fitton
28 Ethel Luce-Clausen 1940 4.00 98.0 60.0 156 BM
29 Leslie Wall 1940 3.00 102.0 79.0 157 See here (AP)
30 The British Council 1941 3.00 127.0 100.0 181 See here (AP)
31 Elizabeth R (Queen Mother), large 1942 6.00 135.0 95.0 183
32 Elizabeth R (Queen Mother), small 1942 1.00 73.0 51.0 184 See here (PCS)
33 Ashwell County Primary School 1942 Recorded here
34 Ashwell Merchant Taylor's School, book gift plate 1942 1.00 113.0 76.0 185 See here (AP)
35 City of Liverpool Public Libraries, large 1944 123.0 91.0 BM, VA See here
36 City of Liverpool Public Libraries, small 1944 BM, VA See here (AP)
37 (Princess) Margaret 1946
38 (Princess) Elizabeth 1946 139.0 92.0 See here
39 Central African Archives Library 1946 See here
40 Institute of Mechanical Engineering 1947 Recorded here
41 Derek Spence 1947 Recorded here
42 Royal College of Surgeons of England, small plate 1951 67.0 50.0 See here
43 Royal College of Surgeons of England, large plate 1953 118.0 89.0 See here
44 Urban Huttleston Rogers, Lord Fairhaven c1954
44.1 Small plate: Park Close, Englefield Green c1954 See here (AP).
44.2 Medium plate c1954
44.3 Large plate: full name c1954 See here.
45 Elsie Tritton Unk See here (AP)



Devices designed by Stephen Gooden

The Nonesuch Press (1924), CD 158, first device

The Nonesuch Press (1924), CD 159, first device

The Walden Bookshop (1924), CD 160