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[Bookplate for John Hamilton by Francis Adams Sc.]
[Bookplate for John Hamilton by Francis Adams Sc.]
Title[Bookplate for John Hamilton by Francis Adams Sc.]
CreatorAdams, Francis, Sc.
Date Created[not before 1800?]
Sort Date1800
DescriptionBlack ink on cream paper. One motto is printed on a ribbon with ends that extend to two points at the top of the bookplate. Motto is printed in capitalized, serif block letters. Below that motto is a crest featuring a leafy tree growing out of a crown. The crown's points are rounded and leafy. The base of the crown is decorated with horizontal diamonds. The tree trunk grows through a picture frame with a saw attached to the center. The free is growing through this frame/saw object and has extensive, dense foliage. The entire crest sits atop a twisted wreath. The shield has extended points to the top left and right and the bottom curls to a point. The shield is sable and argent, divided per quarterly. The top left and bottom right sections are sable and charged with three white flowers, two over one. The flowers have distinct round centers and five individual, separate petals. The top right and bottom left section are argent and charged with a Viking-style ship with three oars, a flag pointing to the left at the front and rear of the ship, and a tall mast. The sail is rolled up on the mast in a horizontal line. Four lines extend from the sail down to the ship. There is a flag at the top of the mast, with two lines extending down to the sail. Curlicue mantling decorates the shield from the base upwards. A second motto is printed on a ribbon with two pointed ends at the base of the shield. The text is printed in capitalized, serif, black font. The name of the bookplate owner is printed below this motto in thin, sentence case, cursive font. In the bottom right corner the name of the bookplate creator is printed in small, italicized, sentence case black font.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 6.2 x 10 cm
SubjectPrivate libraries ; Armorial bookplates ; Trees ; Heraldry
Subject - GeographicEngland
Personal NamesHamilton, John
TypeStill Image
NotesThe mottoes "THROUGH" and "SOLA NOBILITAS VIRTUS" are associated with a Hamilton lineage connected to the Baronet of The Mount, co. Middlesex. John Hamilton may refer to Sir Charles John Hamilton, who was born on August 4, 1775 and created a Baronet in 1776. The mottoes are also associated with the Hamiltons of Silverton Hall, co. Lanark, which is the nearest branch of the Ducal House next to the family of Abercorn. John Hamilton may be connected to Reverend William Hamilton (Bookplate BP MUR CAN P H4558)
1) Burke, B. (1865). Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. London: Harrison and Sons. Retrieved from
2) Lodge, E. (n.d.). The Genealogy of the Existing British Peerage and Baronetage. London: Hurst and Blackett Publishers. Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR ENG P H455
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_ENG_P_H455
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Stanley Binder. BP MUR ENG P H455
Date Available2017-03-29
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:
TranslationVirtue is the only nobility
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