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Date Created[between 1854 and 1858]
Sort Date1858
DescriptionThe text of the bookplate is surrounded by an elaborate border decorated with various religious figures and themes. Angels kneel on either side of the upper corners and face inwards towards a man holding a book and looking outwards from an arch. The sides are decorated with ornate columns, at the bottom of which are crosses and a symbol of the Holy Trinity. Both the top and bottom portions of the border are decorated with stylized curls. The word 'Catholic' is printed in a bold font, and 'Circulating Library' is in a curly stylized Gothic font. The rules of the library are divided from the rest of the text by bars at the top and bottom, and there is a hand symbol pointing to the library's hours of operation at the bottom of the bookplate. The price of the library subscription is given in shillings, dating this to the era of the Canadian pound which was in use until currency decimalization came into force in 1858.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 8 x 11.5 cm
SubjectReligion ; Books
Subject - GeographicMontréal (Québec)
TypeStill Image
NotesAlthough there is scant information on the library itself, it appears to have been one of the many services offered by St Ann's Church in Griffintown, Montreal and which was, for at least part of its life time, included in St. Ann's Hall on Ottawa Street. This complex included a library, bowling alley, and concert hall. The church was built in 1854, and quickly became the centre of Montreal's Irish Catholic community. The community of St Ann's provided more than simply spiritual guidance ' the religious community also established a school and a nursery, and thus it is reasonable to conclude that the early circulating library was also part of this network. Others have noted elsewhere that 'the sisters and brothers that lived on the [church] premises would actively engage with the members of the community' and that they 'established and maintained schools, nurseries and recreational centres within for Griffintown's youth.' (Griffintown, 2011). The church itself was demolished in 1970, as Griffintown declined.
1) Griffintown, Past and Present. The Growing Community. Griffintown, Past and Present. (Accessed October 27, 2014).
2) Historica Canada. 'Griffintown Remembered.' Historica Canada. (Accessed October 27, 2014)
4) Powell, James. A History of the Bank of Canada. (Canada: Bank of Canada, 2005).
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN I C384a
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_I_C384a
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Morley Binder. BP MUR CAN I C384a
Date Available2014
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptCATHOLIC Circulating Library No. 1. Each Subscriber is to pay three Shillings annually in advance. 2. Non-Subscribers, on presenting a certificate from any of the Clergyman attached to St. Ann's Church, or on depositing security for the Book, may receive Books gratuitous- ly. 3. One Volume only is given out at a time to each Subscriber. 4. The value of every Book lost, or mate- rially injured, is to be paid. The days and hours of admission to the Library can be known at the apartments of the Institute, attached to St. Ann's Church, Montreal
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