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Artist: Unknown, 20th c.
Title: Ex Cantibus Jordi Monsalvatje. No date. 

The musically-oriented bookplate, designed probably for songbooks, shows the music for a bagpipe tune at the top. A Scottish tune appears at the bottom: "Though I go to bed, Little does sleep come to me."

Artist: A. F. (nationality and life dates unknown)
Title: Ex Libris Francis Clune. No date.
Medium: Linoleum cut

Bookplate suggests love of music, a book with "N" perhaps a reference to Napoleon and stars of David at each corner.

Artist: Karl Michel (German, 1885- death date unknown)
Title: Den Spendern, 1923.

Bookplate in a cubo-futurist style. An abstract ribbon lyrically joining the women in the image bears the title 'the Donors of the German Organization for Ex Libris Art and Commercial Graphics.'

Artist: Josef Hodek (Czech, 1888- death date unknown)
Title: Ex Libris Hela Tellerová. No date.
Medium: Linoleum cut

The image is of a young woman sitting under a blooming tree. She looks to the sky in a romantic way, perhaps thinking about love.

Artist: Josef Hodek (Czech, 1888- death date unknown)
Title: Ex Libris Iwan E. Hugentobler, 1917.

"Ex Libris: Iwan E. Hugentobler" evokes an image from mythology.

Artist: Attributed to Anton Rauh (German, 1891- death date unknown)
Title: Kriegs Bücherei, Dr. A. Treier, 1916.
Medium: Relief print

This bookplate is one of many in the Stransky Collection that reflects the patriotism of Central Europe during World War I. Prague was one of the major cities of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy that was allied with Germany, Turkey and Bulgaria during the war. Dates 1914-15-16. The War did not end until November 11, 1918.

Artist: Edouard Vallet (Swiss, 1876-1929)
Title: Ex Libris Frederic Raifin, 1911.

The image of men holding grapes is Biblical, from the Book of Numbers (XIII:17-21), when Moses sent spies into Canaan before crossing the Jordan River. The spies/scouts returned with grapes,proving there were vineyards in "the promised land."

From Numbers XIII, 17: "And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them: "Get you up here into the South, and go up into the mountains; 18. and see the land, what it is....20. and what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is wood therein or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land--Now the time was the time of the first-ripe grapes. 23. And they came into the Valley of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it on a pole between the two."

This symbol in different form became the symbol of the Israeli Tourist Authority.

Artist: Hanns Bastanier (German, 1885- death date unknown)
Title: Ex Libris Lisa Stransky, 1922.

Lisa Stransky was the wife of Dr. Fritz Stransky. She survived deportation, moved to Vancouver after the Holocaust with her daughter Anita, and came to the Twin Cities in 1990. She died in Minneapolis in 1995. On display is also a copy of the family "Rembrandt Bible," with this bookplate in it.

Artist: Stanislav Kulhánek (Czech, 1885- death date unknown)
Title: Ex Libris Dr. Fritz Stransky, 1918.

This is one of many bookplates Dr. Stransky designed for his own collection.

Artist: Luis Garcia Falgás (nationality and life dates unknown)
Title: Ex Libris Joan Baucis, 1920.
Medium: Etching

This ex libris evokes the image of 16th Century Spain of Philip II. The text on the sword reads "mens sana in corpore sano." Latin: "a healthy mind in a healthy body (it is a dictum
characteristic to the ancient Greek idea of education (paideia)).

Artist: Stanislav Kulhánek (Czech, 1885- death date unknown)
Title: N. K. Ex Libris Eroticis, 1919.
Medium: Etching

This bookplate featuring a passionate scene was made for an patron who remains unknown except for the initials N. K.

Artist: R. Langbein (nationality and life dates unknown)
Title: Ex Libris Juliane Langen, 1918.

Signed by Artist R. Langbein provides an image that might be interpreted as Brunhilde from the Ring Cycle, or a Germanized image of Athena. Dated 1918 at the bottom, a small vignette on the left shows people on the street being blown by the winds, possibly a reference to World War I. On the right, a peasant plows the soil, possibly suggesting a return to normalcy of peace. However, the early Weimar Republic went through a great deal of economic and political turmoil.

Artist: Carl Roschet (Swiss, about 1868-1925)
Title: Ex Libris C. Roschet. No date.
Medium: Lithograph

This is an interesting bookplate because it gives us an insight into this particular artist.  Carl Roschet chose to depict a young woman covered with fur riding on a griffin for his own personalized bookplate.

Artist: Hanns Bastanier (German, 1885- death date unknown)
Title: Margarethe Wendel, 1920.

This image is beautifully executed in an art nouveau ("moderne") style of the turn of the twentieth century. It shows a nocturnal scene in the woods in the center, while two lovers embrace to form a ring. This style appeared in many jewellry designs of this period.

Artist: Carl Roschet (Swiss, about 1868-1925)
Title: Ex Libris O. Bertschi, 1906.

The image appears to be that of a man hiking in the mountains. Along with a walking stick, he carries a book.

Artist: Stanislav Kulhánek (Czech, 1885- death date unknown)
Title: Ex Libris Kulhánek St., 1916.

The image is of a woman artist painting a natural scene which is outside the painting on the side of the viewer of the ex libris. The nude woman in back is perhaps her model, or the memory of her youth. At the bottom are
images of children.

Artist: Alfred Cossmann (Austrian, 1870-1951)
Title: Ex Libris Marianne Parma, 1914.

This ex libris shows a woman administering a drink or medicine to an older woman.

The quote at the top: "SOLL ES REICHLICH ZU DIR FLIESSEN". Translation: It shall flow to you abundantly (generously). At the bottom is written "REICHLICH ANDRE LASS GENIESSEN". Translation - Let others enjoy it abundantly (generously). From Goethe.

Dated 1914. The style of drawing reflects the accepted "academic" style of the turn of the century.

Artist: Zriado (nationality and life dates unknown)
Title: Ex-Libris Frederich J. Miracle.  No date.

The image is that of the Medieval period, depicting a monk reading a text to those seated around him. It is perhaps a medieval version of Christ and his apostles, or simply a commentary on illiteracy during the Middle Ages.

Artist: Kolb (nationality and life dates unknown)
Title: Ex Libris Dr. Gustav Leuschner. No date.

The well crafted image with psychological overtones suggests the blindness of love.

Artist: Stanislav Kulhánek (Czech, 1885- death date unknown)
Title: Vytrvalosti Kuspechum Zknih Jindricha Waldesa, 1917.

"Vytrvalosti Kuspechum Zknih Jindricha Waldesa" shows a mixed Classical/Medieval image of St. George slaying the Dragon.