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Bookplates, arms, award labels and devices by Stephen Gooden


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 of a monkey seated on a chair and the book 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.

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; he engraved a coat-of-arms for two institutions; and he designed 'devices', mostly small decorations, to be used by publishers. They are also listed by Dodgson, but I have separated them here in the tables, below.

I am not sure if the plate for the British Council is a coat-of-arms or a bookplate, so I have listed it in both categories.


Photo of Gooden in about 1937

Stephen Gooden in about 1937


Campbell Dodgson divided his catalogue into sections:

1. Separate plates

2. Illustrations, title pages, vignettes

3. Bookplates

4. Devices, ornaments, monograms etc

5. Recent engravings

As Dodgson numbered items sequentially it is not possible to interpolate in chronological order items which were designed after 1944. For example, Gooden designed at least 14 bookplates after 1944, so they were not numbered by Dodgson and cannot be added after the last boookplate, which is numbered 157 in a sequence of 180 items. For this reason I have created a new sequential numbering system after a letter prefix depending on the type of item:

A for arms

B for bookplates

C for curency notes (not listed here yet)

D for devices

E for embossed metal plates or medallions

H for headpieces and letter headings (not listed here yet)

I for illustrations for books, including title pages (not listed here yet)

L for award or prize labels

M for monograms (not listed here yet)

P for plates, engraved or etched as separate works of art (not listed here yet)

Q for cheque forms (not listed here yet)

S for stamps and other philatelic items (not listed here yet).


The tables below give 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 4/3/2022. Added images for engravings for: George Courtauld; Hertfordshire Art Society; Elizabeth R; The National Archives Library; Lord Fairhaven, large plate; Lord Fairhaven, medium plate; and replaced several images with copies that I now own.

Update on 8/5/2022. I created separate tables for arms, bookplates, devices and labels.



1. Table of bookplates designed by Stephen Gooden

Code Name (with link to person or place) Year States H (mm) W (mm) C.D. Where Notes or image
B1 J.N. Hart 1923 7.00 98.0 67.0 129 BM See here
B2 Leigh D. Brownlee 1923 1.00 102.0 64.0 130
B3 G.F. & A.E. Waley 1924 2.00 81.0 56.0 131
B4 Joseph Hugh Leycester 1924 1.00 102.0 64.0 132
B5 S.L. Courtauld 1925 2.00 114.0 89.0 133 See here
B6 Katherine Cromer 1925 2.00 111.0 64.0 134 See here (AP)
B7 Mona Gooden 1926 2.00 51.0 60.0 138 See here
B8 Geoffrey Keynes 1926 2.00 51.0 79.0 137 See here
B9 Dorothy Moulton Mayer 1926 2.00 95.0 54.0 136 VA See here (AP)
B10 Mary Thynne 1926 5.00 76.0 76.0 135
B11 Harold Hartley 1927 3.00 87.0 87.0 140 See here
B12 Bertine Entwistle Sutton 1927 1.00 84.0 64.0 139 See here
B13.1 Antoinette Brett 1927 12.00 92.0 64.0 141 See here
B13.2 Antoinette Esher 1927 .00 90.0 62.0 141 See here
B14 Edward and Cicely Hutchinson 1928 3.00 97.0 60.0 143 See here (AP)
B15 Margaret Griselda Wedderburn 1928 1.00 86.0 64.0 142 Wife of Hartley. See here
B16 George Courtauld 1931 2.00 140.0 79.0 144 See here
B17 Imperial Defence College Library 1932 2.00 127.0 62.0 145 See here (AP)
B18 The Lakeside Press Library Chicago 1932-33 2.00 83.0 81.0 146 AIC See here
B19 John Raymond Danson 1934 3.00 108.0 64.0 147 See here
B20 George Harrap 1935 1.00 113.0 65.0 148 See here (AP)
B21 Liverpool Medical Institution Library 1936 2.00 132.0 87.0 149 See here
B22 George Senter 1936 1.00 59.0 62.0 150 See here (AP)
B23 Royal Library Windsor , small 1937 3.00 71.0 59.0 151
B23.1 Ibid, cypher G VI R (George VI) at base 1937 71.0 59.0 151 See here
B23.2 Ibid, no letters, jaw dropped 1937 71.0 59.0 151 See here (AP)
B24 Royal Library Windsor, medium 1937 3.00 .0 .0 152
B24.1 Ibid, cypher E R (Edward VIII) at top 1937 138.0 86.0 152 Not used
B24.2 Ibid, cypher G VI R (George VI) at top 1937 138.0 86.0 152 See here
B24.3 Ibid, no cypher at top 122.0 86.0 152 See here
B25 Royal Library Windsor, large 1937 7.00 175.0 111.0 154
B25.1 Ibid, cypher G VI R (George VI) at top 1937 7.00 175.0 111.0 154 See here (AP)
B25.2 Ibid, no letters or numerals (after CD?) 1937 175.0 111.0 154 See here
B26 William George Arthur, 4th Baron Harlech 1938 4.00 175.0 133.0 155 See here
B27 Ethel Luce-Clausen 1940 4.00 98.0 60.0 156 BM
B28 Leslie Wall 1940 3.00 102.0 79.0 157 See here (AP)
B29 The British Council 1941 3.00 127.0 100.0 181 See here
B30 Elizabeth R (Queen Mother), large 1942 6.00 135.0 95.0 183 See here
B31 Elizabeth R (Queen Mother), small 1942 1.00 73.0 51.0 184 See here (PCS)
B32 City of Liverpool Public Libraries, large bookplate and 'Presented by' label 1944 123.0 91.0 BM, VA See here
B33 Liverpool Public Libraries, Reference Library 1944 101.0 48.0 BM, VA See here
B34 (Princess) Margaret 1946
B35 (Princess) Elizabeth 1946 139.0 92.0 See here
B36.1 Central African Archives Library 1946 138.0 83.0 See here
B36.2 National Archives Library 1946 See here
B37 Derek Spence 1949 83.0 83.0 See here
B38 Royal College of Surgeons of England, small plate 1951 67.0 50.0 See here
B39 Royal College of Surgeons of England, large plate 1953 118.0 89.0 See here
B40 Urban Huttleston Rogers, Lord Fairhaven Large plate c1954 108.0 95.0 See here
B41 Urban Huttleston Rogers, Lord Fairhaven Medium plate c1954 65.0 92.0 See here
B42 Urban Huttleston Rogers, Lord Fairhaven Small plate: Park Close, Englefield Green c1954 65.0 92.0 See here
B43 Elsie Tritton Unk See here (AP)

Bookplate designed but not engraved by Stephen Gooden

A bookplate was designed by Stephen Gooden for Robert Crichton-Stuart. It was engraved by Henry Wilkinson (1921-2011) after Gooden's death.



2. Table of Prize Labels designed by Stephen Gooden

Code Name of institution Year States H (mm) W (mm) C.D. Where Notes or image
L1 Hertfordshire Art Society 1938 1.00 138.0 86.0 154 See here
L2.1 Ashwell Merchant Taylor's School 1942 2.00 113.0 76.0 185 See here (AP)
L2.2 Ashwell County Primary School 1942 Different lettering


3. Table of Arms designed by Stephen Gooden

Code Organisation Year States H (mm) W (mm) C.D. Where Notes or image
A1 The British Council 1941 3.00 127.0 100.0 181 See here
A2 Institution of Mechanical Engineers 1947 1.00 175.0 125.0 See here


4. Table of Devices designed by Stephen Gooden

Code Name of organisation Year States H (mm) W (mm) C.D. Where Notes or image
D1 The Nonesuch Press, 1st device 1924 1.00 51.0 38.0 158
D2 The Nonesuch Press, 2nd device 1924 1.00 45.0 37.0 159
D3 The Walden Bookshop 1924 1.00 46.0 48.0 160
D4 C.W. Hobson, Ltd, small device 1930 2.00 64.0 51.0 172
D5 C.W. Hobson, Ltd, large device 1930 1.00 127.0 127.0 173
D5 Messrs Heinemann 1932 1.00 70.0 144.0 176 See here
D6 Stork, No. 1 (unused device) 1932 1.00 51.0 38.0 177
D7 Stork, No. 2 (unused device) 1932 1.00 29.0 17.0 178
D8 J.M. Dent & Co. 1938 1.00 64.0 43.0 180
D9 The Griffin Club, Amersham 1947 1.00 121.0 76.0 See here


5. Table of Embossed designs by Stephen Gooden

Code Name of organisation Year States H (mm) W (mm) C.D. Where Notes or image
E1 Old Etonian Trust 195? 1.00 38.0 38.0 Eton Embossed seal from an engraved metal die