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[Bookplate by James Gourlay Gray]
[Bookplate by James Gourlay Gray]
Title[Bookplate by James Gourlay Gray]
CreatorGray, James Gourlay
Date Created[1901?]
Sort Date1901
DescriptionMetallic brown black ink on cream paper. Border of two thin black lines with floral and leafy decorative features on the left and right sides. Latin script printed at the top of the bookplate in capitalized font with curling serif. An inner border surrounds two images. The top image has a black background with four white shining stars in the background. In the centre is a half circle strip with curled sends over marbled colouring, all of which surrounds sheet music. On top of the sheet music is a small harp-like instrument with horns protruding from it. At the top of the heart is a candle holder with smoke swirling from the top. On the outer left-hand side of the half-circle decoration is a reclining woman styled like a classical status in a draping dress. She is holding a pan flute in her right hand. On the right hand side, another similarly styled woman is reclining and holding a paint easel with several brushes in her left hand. Both women are barefooted. The bottom image has a thick marbled border. Within the border is a curlicue decoration, in the centre of which is an image of a work desk. There is a photograph hanging on the wall behind the desk. The desk itself is quite cluttered and features many photographs, papers, and books. The walls have decorative wall paper and there are various wall hangings. Below that section are two horizontal strips of different decorations. The top stripe has a dark snake like curving pattern, the borders of which are decorated with stylized, pointed lines. Thin white stripes are at the top and bottom of the horizontal strip. A row of small white dots separates this pattern from the next strip, which is a series of floral leaves curling in a line to meet at the centre. Below that, the bookplate owner's name is printed in capitalized serif font with extra stylizing on the "A"s.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 10.7 x 15.7 cm
SubjectPrivate libraries
Subject - GeographicMontréal (Québec)
Personal NamesGray, James Gourlay
TypeStill Image
NotesJames Gourlay Gray was a corporate member of Kieran, Crawford & Gray, an engraving company, in Montreal. It was incorporated on January 12, 1915 with 500 $100 shares. On March 6, 1923, the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec issued a letters patent under Part 1 of the Quebec Companies' Act, 1920, that allowed Frederic James Powers, Ella Mary Jackson, and Bessie Moore Rogers to acquire and take over James Gourlay Gray's business "Gourlay Engraving Company". The company dealt with general printing, engraving, and lithographing, as well as related merchandise and machinery.
1) Gourlay Engraving Company, Limited. (1923, April 28). Quebec Official Gazette. Retrieved from
2) Sessional Papers of the Sixth Session of the Twelfth Parliaement of the Dominion of Canada Session 1916. (1916) (Vol. 24). Ottawa. Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P G7395
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_G7395
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 G7395
Date Available2017-02-08
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:
TranscriptJ.G. Gray, del '01 EX LIBRIS JAMES GOURLAY GRAY.
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