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[Bookplate for John William Griffin by Leslie Victor Smith]
[Bookplate for John William Griffin by Leslie Victor Smith]
Title[Bookplate for John William Griffin by Leslie Victor Smith]
Creator[Smith, Leslie Victor]
Date Created1937
Sort Date1937
DescriptionBlack ink on white paper. Perforated edges with round corners surround the bookplate. The bookplate is surrounded by an incomplete border of two black lines that do not connect at the top. There are spaced out diamond shapes on the border with black circular centres. At the top, the border folds into triangles at the left and right corners. Each corner has a square flower with four petals and one leaf with a darker background. The border frames an image with a rounded pointed top. The image shows a desk with a window looking onto a moving steam engine. At the top of the image is a circle with a white border. In the centre on a gray background is a griffin rampant on a crest-wreath. The steam engine is outside the window in the centre of the bookplate with steam pouring out. The window has vertical and horizontal stripes with black circles at the intersections of the stripes. There is a curtain on either side of the window. Nothing sits on the window ledge, but on the desk in front is half of a lamp with a decorative, bell-shaped shade, eight books with different spine designs, an ink pot with a feather quill in it, and a workspace with several papers on it. Below the image is a black rectangle with capitalized white font. At the centre of the top and bottom of the rectangle is a slight downward facing point. Below the bottom point in black ink are the initials of the creator and the year of creation.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 9.8 x 12.6 cm
SubjectPrivate libraries ; Railroad trains ; Desks
Personal NamesGriffin, John William
TypeStill Image
NotesLeslie Victor Smith created a bookplate for William and Florence Griffin in the same year. Please see bookplate BP MUR CAN P G7544. Leslie Victor Smith was a Canadian painter and printmaker who lived between 1880 and 1952. He was a prolific bookplate artist and worked both within Canada and abroad. He attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and St. John's Wood School of Art in London. Smiths' work was exhibited at the Royal Canadian Academy between 1908 and 1913, as well as the Ontario Society of Artists, the Montreal Art Association, the Canadian National Exhibition and at the Canadian Society of Graphic Arts. He typically engraved or etched his bookplate designs on zinc plates. Smith also created bookplate BP MUR CAN I M356. For more information on Smith, please consult "The Bookplates of Leslie Victor Smith" by William Colgate, a photocopy of which is available in Rare Books and Special Collections, UBC Library.
1) Greg Peters, & Peters, C. (n.d.). Leslie Victor Smith (Artist Monogramme L.V.S.). Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P G75445
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_G75445
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 G75445
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:
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