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[Bookplate for John Wingfield Larking]
[Bookplate for John Wingfield Larking]
Title[Bookplate for John Wingfield Larking]
Date Created[between 1800 and 1899]
Sort Date1899
DescriptionThis heraldic bookplate consists of an escutcheon, ermine, charged with three heads of wildcats, possibly lions. Above the escutcheon is a closed helmet, placed in profile, denoting the rank of an esquire or a gentleman, from which, elaborate mantling flows. Upon the helmet is a curved wreath, with a crest of a bird, wings elevated and displayed, holding a branch in its beak.
Extent1 bookplate : steel engraving ; 6.2 x 9.2 cm
Subject - GeographicEngland
Personal NamesLarking, John Wingfield
TypeStill Image
NotesBookplate owner is John Wingfield Larking of Lea, Kent. Father of Colonel Cuthbert Larking (d. 31 Oct. 1910) who married Lady Adela Hare in 1864. John Wingfield Larking was a British consul in Egypt, and is noted as one of the first influential Englishmen in Egypt. Notably, he was a friend of Sir Richard Burton, famous English traveller and author of The Arabian Nights. It was at Larking's house in Alexandria that Burton plunged into his famous disguise as "El Makim el Najee" with the intent to integrate himself in the Muslim culture and faith and visit the holy cities of Medina and Mecca in 1853.
1) Castle, Egerton. "English Bookplate: Ancient and Modern" December 1892. London: George Bell & Sons, pg 158. Digitized 14 Jun, 2007. Original from Harvard University, digitized by Google Books, M1
2) Lundy, Darryl. "John Wingfield Larking." The 17 July 2004. Accessed on 15 Nov. 2007.
3) Stevenson, Janet H. "Alexander Nesbitt, a Sussex antiquary, and the Oldlands estate." Sussex Archaeological Collections 137 (1999): 161-73. Accessed 15 Nov. 2007
4) Lovell, Mary S. A Rage to Live By: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton. London: W.W. Norton & Company, 2000. Accessed online through GoogleBooks, 15 Nov. 2007 118-9.
5) Stisted, Georgiana M. The True Life of Capt. Sir Richard F. Burton. New York: Cosimo Inc, 2004. Accessed online through GoogleBooks, 15 Nov. 2007 73.
6) The Manual of Heraldry. 7th Ed. London: Virtue Brothers & Co., 1866.
7) Heraldic Dictionary. University of Notre Dame, Dept. of Special Collections. 31 July 2000. Accessed 21 Nov. 2007 at
Access IdentifierBP MUR ENG P L375
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_ENG_P_L375
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR ENG P L375
Date Available2008
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:
TranscriptJohn Wingfield Larking.
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