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[Bookplate for City of Halifax and Citizens’ Free Library]
[Bookplate for City of Halifax and Citizens’ Free Library]
Title[Bookplate for City of Halifax and Citizens' Free Library]
Date Created[between 1910 and 1920?]
Sort Date1920
DescriptionBlack and blue ink on cream paper. A coat of arms for the city of Halifax is printed in the upper-portion of the plate in blue ink. Within this coat of arms stands a sailor on the left, with his hand placed on the crest containing a Belted Kingfisher on a grassy mound. Directly above the crest is a masoned Sable containing a sprig of mayflower. To the right is a fisherman holding a codfish by its head. Both figures and the crest are standing upon heraldic ribbon containing Latin phrasing within it. This portion is followed by the title of the library in Germanic lettering and the name of the town in cursive.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 7.5 x 10.5 cm
SubjectPublic libraries
Subject - GeographicHalifax (N.S.)
Personal NamesCity of Halifax ; Citizens' Free Library
TypeStill Image
NotesThe Citizens' Free Library initially began as the Halifax Mechanics' Library in 1831. This institution lasted until 1864, when it fell into debt and sold its collection of roughly 3, 000 volumes to Chief Justice William Young, who donated it to the city of Halifax under the condition that they were provided for free to the public as a library collection. The library was named the Citizens' Free Library and opened in 1865. This collection was subsequently combined with two collections (George R. Young Library and Halifax Library) over the next two decades, reaching over 11, 000 volumes by the 1890s.
1) Citizen's Free Library (Halifax, N.S.), Piers, Harry, 1870-1940, & Canadian Libraries. (1894).
2) Catalogue of the citizen's free library, Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax, N.S. : Published by order of the Library Committee, City Council. Spring Garden Road - 50th Anniversary. (n.d.). Retrieved February 05, 2016, from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN I C585a
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_I_C585a
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 C585a
Date Available2016-11-18
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:
TranscriptCITY OF HALIFAX E MARI MERCES. Citizens Free Library Halifax, N. S., ...
TranslationFrom the sea, wealth.
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