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which included tributes from Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Israel
Davidson and Menachem Ribalow. The booklet also contains
a reproduction of one of his three bookplates. One is a bookpile
with his name in Hebrew. More interesting is the one which shows
King Solomon seated on his throne, flanked by lions. To the left
of his face are the three books of the Bible ascribed to his author-
ship: Proverbs, Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes. In the lower
foreground is the owl of wisdom. The names and symbols of the
twelve tribes of Israel are found on the two side columns. On
the bottom appear the Hebrew words:
לכמ םדא
(“and he
[Solomon] was wiser than all men.” I Kings 5.11). The third
of Libowitz has at the top רפסױת, the modern Hebrew
equivalent for bookplate. Within a framework of flowers is a
poem by Yehudah Halevi.
Louis I. Haber (1858-1947) was a collector of books, manu-
scripts and autographs. In 1885, the second year that the Grolier
Club was in existence, he became an influential member of this
society which is devoted to bibliography and graphic arts. He
served as its treasurer from 1927 until 1941 when he became an
honorary member and treasurer emeritus. Haber was a member
of the board of directors of the 92nd Streed YM & YWHA, New
York City, as far back as 1895. He was responsible for systemati-
cally organizing its library and headed its library committee for
many years. Subsequently, he was elected vice-president of the Y.
From 1906 to 1909, Haber served as president of Congregation
Shaarey Tefila, New York City. Actual comfort and enjoyment
are expressed in the bookplate of Haber. “In this interior, a fire
is blazing on the andirons; the drowsy dog lies asleep before it;
the hanging lamp sheds a brilliant light over the room, and
furnishes the means of reading which the owner is enjoying, as
he sits in an easy chair, in lounging-coat and slippers. The rows
of books at the far end of the room add to the effect of comfort,
and the motto which envelopes the whole design —
My silent but
faithful friends are they
— disclose the attitude of the owner
towards his volumes.”2
It is natural to expect that quotations on books culled from
Jewish literature should be found on
of Jews. These
adages are often symbolic of the recognition by the owners of
the important role that books play in life.
2 Charles Dexter Allen,
American Bookplates
(New York, 1894), p. 349.