This page was originally intended for our own internal purposes, however we think it may have a larger appeal. A huge amount of this was done in conjunction with Rachelle Markley of Crooked House Books & Paper, who specializes in these bindings; several of these images & notes also came from “Binder Finder” John Lehner, whose knowledge on the subject is much deeper than anything we aspire to. This is a “living” document, meaning we will constantly be updating it, so bookmark it for future reference. A newer addition is photos–we’ll try to get more up to help with identification as we see them.
These initials are to help us quickly identify artists & designers of books who have their initials on the design but are not otherwise credited. Alphabetical by last initial. For further resources about these designers or others, please see the link list at bottom.
M.A. Margaret Armstrong (See also Alice Morse for a conjoined AM).
T.A. or J.A: see Amy Sacker. This monogram is hers–>
A.E.: Adelaide Everhart
C. & R.E.: Clifford and Rosemary Ellis
G.: Frederick C. Gordon
H: Frank Hazenplug (less common than Holloway–8/20/19 update: I’ve been corrected on this statement, and Holloway appears to have done more bindings…not sure why I said Hazenplug did, so try to find the title in one of the online databases if you’re not sure.)
P.N. Peter Newell
M.L.P.: Marion L. Peabody.
A.M.S. Amy Maria Sacker
We’re looking for further information on these binding designers & their monograms:
Thomas Watson Ball (looking for monogram: only two known monograms, a Harper’s Spanish-American War compilation, and a book called “The Million” (Dodd, Mead) — both are signed TWB)
Horace James Bradley (looking for monogram)
C.B. Falls (looking for monogram)
A. Hilgenreiner (looking for monogram)
Julius Schweinfurth (looking for monogram)
These websites are excellent references:
Searchable database (by title, author, etc. Might have the book you’re looking for.)