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[Bookplate for J.G. Grieve by William Walker Alexander]
[Bookplate for J.G. Grieve by William Walker Alexander]
Title[Bookplate for J.G. Grieve by William Walker Alexander]
Creator[Alexander, William Walker]
Date Created[1933]
Sort Date1933
DescriptionBlack ink on cream paper. Border features two parallel thin black lines on the outside with a thicker black line for the inner border. The upper-right hand corner has a microscope in profile against a sun with radiant rays. The microscope sits on a striped platform that tapers down to a point. In the upper-left hand corner is an oil lamp with a burning flame sitting on the same striped, tapered platform. In the centre of the two images is a rectangle with an indented top half. A white border surrounds black and white stripes of inconsistent length. Printed, capitalized, serif black text is printed on top. Below is a scene of a desk in a corner. There are two paintings, one on each wall. The one on the left is a nature scene and the one on the right is a landscape with a house and natural elements. On the right of the second painting is a vertical calendar for December 1963 listing Sunday the 24th to Saturday the 30th. The desk has drawers on both sides and one in the centre, all with handles. On top of the desk in the foregrounded left side is a black telephone sitting face down in the retriever. Behind the phone is a tall, thin plant in a white, hour-glass shaped pot. Next to the plant is a lamp with a short, wide, curved shade. In the centre of the back of the desk are four books, spines facing out, between two bookends. To the right of the books is a tall, thin vase with a scalloped edge holding several leafy flowers. To the right of that vase, in the right corner of the desk, is an analogue clock set in an upright square. The clock is set to approximately 4:05. Foregrounded in the right corner of the front of the desk is a book open to the title page. Across the bottom of the bookplate is a banner with curled ribbon ends. On the banner is stylized gothic font. Below the banner is a decorative row of leaves. In the bottom left hand corner is a small white patch with initials printed in black ink. Handwritten note in pencil on the verso.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 8.7 x 11.5 cm
SubjectPrivate libraries ; Physicians ; Desks
Subject - GeographicStratford (Ont.)
Personal NamesGrieve, J.G.
TypeStill Image
NotesWilliam Walker Alexander was an etcher, engraver, and painter from Toronto. Although he created for artistic, pictorial designs, he was more known for being a heraldic designer. As of 1919, he had designed over 20 bookplates. Walker was born in 1869 and died in 1948.
1) Grieve, J. G., & McDermott, J. (1939). Congenital Atresia of the Oesophagus in Two Brothers. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 41(2), 185-6.
2) Lerner, L. R., & Williamson, M. F. (1991). Art and Architecture in Canada: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature (Vol. 1). University of Toronto Press. Retrieved from
3) Prescott, W., Harrod, S., & Ayearst, M. J. (1919). A list of Canadian bookplates : with a review of the history of ex libris in the Dominion. Toronto: Society of Bookplate Bibliophiles. Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P G7548
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_G7548
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Stanley Binder. BP MUR CAN P G7548
Date Available2017-02-15
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:
TranscriptEX-LIBRIS 1933 Dec S.24 M. 25 T. 26 W. 27 T. 28. F. 29 S. 30 THE DOCTOR LOOKS AT LIFE J.G. Grieve, M.B. W. W. A.. W.W. Alexander
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