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[Bookplate for J.E.G. Bibliothèque]
[Bookplate for J.E.G. Bibliothèque]
Title[Bookplate for J.E.G. Bibliothèque]
Date Created[between 1927 and 1940]
Sort Date1940
DescriptionBlack ink on white paper. Thin black border is straight on the left, right, and bottom sides and rounded on top. Three capitalized letters are printed in stylized, rounded black font. Below the letters is text in pseudo-gothic sentence-case font. Underneath that text is a small black circle with two lines extending from its left and right. Below is text in the previous pseudo-gothic font in a larger size. There are several images underneath the text. There is a line of three images: an open book with curling pages in the center with a six-pointed star on either side. The left star has a plus sign in the middle and the right star has a question mark in its center. Three more images are below: a black owl on a branch in the center with lit oil lamps on either side. The lamps each point inwards towards the owl and sit on thin black lines. Below the images is a thin black oval border that is straight on the top and bottom sides. Inside is curling thin black text sitting on a thin black line. At the right end of the line is another thicker perpendicular black line dividing the oval into two uneven sections.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 4.4 x 6 cm
SubjectPrivate libraries ; Astronomy ; Owls
Subject - GeographicMontréal (Québec)
Personal NamesJ.E.G. Bibliothèque
TypeStill Image
NotesJoseph Edgar Guimont is also associated with bookplates BP MUR CAN I J435a, BP MUR CAN I J435b. and BP MUR CAN P G4668. The personal library of Joseph Edgar Guimont contained over 3, 000 volumes, not including his large collection of publications, newspapers, pamphlet, and other such items, by 1940. His collection covered a wide range of knowledge. He also compiled all of his observations from 1910 onwards, along with sketches and his memoirs. Additionally, he also kept his scientific correspondences from 1910 onwards. Guimont was an astronomer. He was born on May 17, 1892 at Cap St. Ignace in the Comte de Montmagny. Guimont attended Sacré-Couer college in Longueuil, where he was influenced by Marie-Victorin and Rolland-Germain. He became a member of the Lasalle Circle of Longueuil and developed an interest in science. When he was 18, the passage of Halley's comet in 1910 had a great effect on Guimont. It pushed him to focus his studies on astronomy, which he passionately pursued. As he continued his work, he also focused on making astronomy popular with the general public. Guimont was very involved in the Canadian scientific community. On May 31, 1914, Guimont became a member of the Société Astronomique de France. In the same year, he published multiple articles in the magazine of the Société de Géographie de Québec. At the same time, he began a correspondence with Camille Flammarion that lasted until Flammarion's death in 1925. On December 12, 1918, he became a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (English Centre in Montreal). In recognition of his terrific work and observations, the Société Astronomique de France named Guimont a perpetual member on June 20, 1921. With the help of four colleagues, Guimont founded l'Institut Astronomique et Philsophique du Canada on January 7, 1925. He helped M. Paul H. Nadeau found the French Centre in Quebec of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on April 18, 1941. In 1927, Guimont began writing a weekly column in the newspaper "Le Nord" that tried to grow public interest in astronomy. Between 1940 and 1945, he collaborated on "Propos Astronomiques" with M. De Lisle Garneau in the newspaper "le Devoir". He also published several articles in "The Journal" (from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada), "L'Action Catholique" (in Quebec), "La Presse" and "La Patrie" (both in Montreal). Guimont co-founded the Ville-Marie Observatory in Montreal on December 7, 1941 with M. De Lisle Barneau. A close collaboration between the two would follow for the next five years. Always looking for new ways to engage in his work, Guimont and two colleagues founded "Les Amis de la Nature", a circle of naturalists. It became the most active circle of its kind. Following this success, Guimont organized the first astronomy night for French Canadians in Montreal on July 16, 1945. It attracts over 3, 000 people to the grounds of the Institution des Sourds-Muets. After founding the French Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and given the existence of an English Centre in Montreal, Guimont wanted to found a French Centre in Montreal. With the help of several others, he did so on May 7, 1947. The same year, at the request of the School Commission and the City Council of Lasalle, he organized, with the help of several members of the French Centre in Montreal of the RASC, a public astronomy evening that was quite successful. In the same year, he also organized a public astronomy evening at the Montreal Botanical Gardens on May 25. Always looking for new ways to pique interest in the natural sciences, he organized the first congress of amateur geologists in Montreal on February 11, 1950. With the little spare time Guimont had, he worked on both a universal and astronomy encyclopedia.
1) La société d'astronomie de Montréal et du Centre francophone de la SRAC. (1998). Astro-Notes Numéro Spéciale hors série 50. Retrieved from
2) Marion, R. (1953). Naturaliste Honoré par la Fondation Marie-Victorin. Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, 47. Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN I J435c
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_I_J435c
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Morley Binder. BP MUR CAN I J435c
Date Available2019-02-08
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.E.G. Bibliothèque Cognoscere No. Joseph Edgar/ guimont
TranslationLibrary. To learn
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