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Date Created[1858]
Sort Date1858
DescriptionA stylized floral border surrounds the text, which is written in several different fonts and is found in the middle of the bookplate. The word 'Catholic' is written in a curly font with the words 'Circulating Library' printed in Gothic below. The book number is printed underneath, and there is a line dividing the upper part of the text from the middle, which lists the library rules. Below the library rules is another line, and below this is a hand symbol which points to further information on the library hours. The cost of subscription is given in cents, dating this bookplate after 1858, the year in which currency decimalization came into force in Canada.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 8.5 x 11.5 cm
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)
3) Powell, James. A History of the Bank of Canada. (Canada: Bank of Canada, 2005).
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN I C384b
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_I_C384b
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 C384b
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 75 cents an- nually 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 gratuitously. 3. One Volume only is given out at a time to each Subscriber. 4. The value of every Book lost, or material- ly 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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