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[Bookplate for Thomas Nickleson Jeffery by C. W. Torbett]
[Bookplate for Thomas Nickleson Jeffery by C. W. Torbett]
Title[Bookplate for Thomas Nickleson Jeffery by C. W. Torbett]
CreatorTorbett, C. W.
Date Created[between 1805 and 1847?]
Sort Date1847
DescriptionThe armorial bookplate features a coat of arms. The escutcheon (shield) appears to be the impalement, or combining, of two distinct coats of arms into one shield. The dexter (right) shield is quartered: the repeated pattern features naiant (swimming) dolphins in an azure chevron between three leopard faces ; roses in a divided field of ermine (white with black tincture) and erminois (gold with black tincture) ; and a pheon (barbed arrow head) over an embattled field of sable and azure. Sinister (left) is a lion passant (lion depicted facing and walking to the left), which appears to be the shield of Jeffrey's family through marriage, the Uniackes. Above the shield is a crest featuring a tree and a leopard with a horizontal anchor under its paw. Below the shield is a motto.
Extent1 bookplate : intaglio printing ; 8 x 9 cm
Personal NamesJeffery, Thomas Nickleson
TypeStill Image
NotesThomas Nickleson Jeffery, politician and colonial officer in Nova Scotia, was born in England in 1782. In 1803, he was appointed the Collector of Customs and moved to Halifax, where he remained until his death in 1847. He married Martha Maria Uniacke in 1805. Jeffrey was made responsible for the Black refugees of the War of 1812 in addition to his Customs duties in 1815. Jeffery joined the Council of Nova Scotia in 1810-acting as administrator of the province from 1832 to 1834. The engraver is identified as C. W. Torbett, a prominent Canadian engraver living in Halifax.
1) "A list of canadian bookplates: With a review of the history of ex libris in the dominion" published in 1919. p.80.
2) B. C. Cuthbertson, "JEFFERY, THOMAS NICKLESON, " in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 7, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003-, accessed February 26, 2018,
3) Patricia Belier, Gwendolyn Davies, Bertrum H. MacDonald, Karen Smith, & Eric Swanick, "3. The Production of the Printed Word: c. Technologies of Printing" in Print Culture in the Maritimes from the History of the Book in Canada Project, Rev. August 1997.
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P J4444
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_J4444
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 J4444
Date Available2018-04-04
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:
TranscriptC. W. Torbett Halifax Justum et tenacem propositi Thomas Nickleson Jeffery
TranslationJust and firm of purpose
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