Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 to December 21, 1964) did not just design and implement Gertrude Stein's literary stardom, he did not just document the Harlem renaissance, he was not just a pioneer for gay rights. He was not merely a novelist of note, and a photographer of genius. Carl Van Vechten wrote about cat lovers. Tiger in the House (1920) may be the first book about, not cats, but ailurophiles.
His bookplate captures his enthusiasms, but not the fact he helped create the 20th century.