I'm wondering whether the bookplate was designed by one of the poet's friends (or foes) to mock TSE --rather than being "for" (commissioned by) TSE.
Severin, the designer, was born in 1906, so the bookplate was probably not made until after Ash Wednesday. The lady in the bookplate is more like Grishkin -- poles apart from the Lady in AW. It would be interesting to know who originally owned the bookplate. -- Jim Loucks
-----OriOn offer is a very scarce item indeed. One that comes onto the market very rarely. An original bookplate designed and engraved for T. S. Eliot. This is an original wood engraving designed and cut by Mark Severin the renowned bookplate designer and author of many books on the subject. This item is in mint condition, very black on parchment type paper. It came from a collection of original engraved bookplates, which will be offered later. Severin (1906-1987) designed and engraved more than 200 bookplates, many of which have erotic motifs. He was a prolific illustrator of books as well as becoming the art director of a London advertising agency, C.R. Cassonginal Message-----
From: Rickard A. Parker [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Mon 20-Sep-04 6:40 AM
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Subject: Eliot's bookplate?
There is a bookplate claimed be one of Eliot's up for bid on eBay (I
don't want it so if you are interested you won't be bidding against ME.)
I am curious though as to whether it is authentic. Has anyone seen this
in a book of Eliot's? It shows a naked woman.