Most of the information I’ve collected about Eric Thake has come from the State Library of Victoria website.
Including Thake’s beautiful bookplates. I suppose a dying art.
Here is the man’s own bookplate with a rendition of his initials.
| Eric Thake, bookplate [Eric Anchor Thake], 1931 |
Jean Daley was a prominent Victorian labor activist and this bookplate design won Thake an honourable mention at an international bookplate exhibition in Los Angeles in 1931.
It’s her book. Give it back.
| Eric Thake, bookplate [Orator], 1930 |
A classic idea here for book collector and publisher V.S. Hewett.
| Eric Thake, bookplate [Type slug], 1932 |
Bower Bird? Perfect for the avid collector John Gartner.
| Eric Thake, bookplate [Bower Bird], 1943 |
One for the arty man, the lawyer, the drinker, and the history man. Annois was Geelong Art Gallery president for 14 years and was a major player in creating State Galleries in Victoria. Thanks.
| Eric Thake, bookplate [Pediment and columns], 1971 |
And to top it all off this is one of Eric Thake’s last works in any medium.
A beautiful thing for Bernard Smith. Apparently based on a black swan illustration by the Port Jackson Painter.
| Eric Thake, bookplate [Back Swan], 1980 |