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[Bookplate for A. C. Jones by Clare Victor Dwiggins]
[Bookplate for A. C. Jones by Clare Victor Dwiggins]
Title[Bookplate for A. C. Jones by Clare Victor Dwiggins]
CreatorDwiggins, Clare Victor
Date Created[not before 1905?]
Sort Date1905
DescriptionBlack ink on cream paper. The border of the bookplate consists of intertwined thorny and leafy vines with thicker leaves in the corners. The top left and right corners also feature rose-like flowers. Near the top of the border, vines extend from the left and right sides towards the center of the bookplate design. Capitalized, black, whimsical font is at the top of the bookplate. Dots surround some of the words and some letters are looping or intertwined. In the center of the bookplate, a tall, thin, beautiful woman in a whimsical fluted dress stands atop a closed book. The woman's hair is done up and decorated with flowers. Flowers also decorate the top of the dress, the bottom of which features a spiral pattern. The dress is cinched at the waist with a belt and similarly cinched around the thighs with a large ribbon tied in a bow. The bottom of the dress extends outwards and there is a lacey layer underneath. The woman is wearing slip-on high heels with bows on the front. Next to the large book the woman is standing on are two books, one small one in front of the book sitting on its side. The other book is standing upright and is behind the large book. The woman is bending towards a small, naked cherub with a single curl atop its head and feathery wings. The cherub is standing in front of a book open and standing on its pages with the spine up. The cherub is also holding an open book and looking smilingly up at the woman. Behind the woman, the bookplate creator's name is printed in curling, capitalized, black font. At the bottom of the bookplate, the owner's name is printed in black, gothic, sentence case font.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 7.3 x 9.8 cm
SubjectPutti ; Women ; Books
Subject - GeographicNew York (State)
Personal NamesJones, A. C.
TypeStill Image
NotesBookplate design is associated with multiple owners. Clare Victor Dwiggins (1874-1958), who signed his works "Dwig", was an American illustrator and cartoonist. He lived in New York and New Jersey until moving to California with his family in the 1940s to work for Disney studios. Dwiggins began his newspaper-cartooning career in the late 1890s, when the medium itself was becoming quite popular. He began working at The St. Louis Dispatch in 1897. Dwiggins achieved fame with Ophelia & Her Slate, which was published in The New York World, run by Joseph Pulitzer, between 1909 and 1911. The character of Ophelia re-emerged in 1931 in Mrs. Bumps Boarding House, which had a short run. His other cartoons included Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1918), and Nipper (1931-1937). Dwiggins's most successful cartoon was "School Days", which ran in the World from 1910-1932. In addition to his cartooning, Dwiggins was also a popular postcard illustrator. In the early twentieth-century he published designs through Raphael Tuck and Sons. His designs were known for their art nouveau designs, women, and wordplay. His wife, Betsy, was reportedly his frequent model and may have inspired the woman in this bookplate. Dwiggins also later created a series of watercolour murals of American rivers.
1) Clare Victor Dwiggins. (2008). Retrieved 9 October 2017, from
2) Markstein, D. D. (2007). Ophelia's Slate. Retrieved 9 October 2017, from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN J5473
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_J5473
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 J5473
Date Available2017-10-19
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:
TranscriptLOVE ME, LOVE MY BOOK DWIG A. C. Jones
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