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[Bookplate for Schuyler Merritt]
[Bookplate for Schuyler Merritt]
Title[Bookplate for Schuyler Merritt]
Date Created[between 1870 and 1929]
Sort Date1929
DescriptionThis heraldic bookplate consists of an escutcheon, a barry of six, or (gold) and sable (black), with a bend, ermine (white powdered fur, black tufts). Above the escutcheon is a helmet in profile (denoting status of esquire and gentleman). Above the helmet is a curved wreath charged with a chained beast passant. Surrounding the escutcheon is a circular banner, with Latin motto within. The entire crest is situated in a rectangular frame filled with foliage-like mantling in the upper half and a row of books directly below the escutcheon. An open book, three open flowers, and a banner with "EX LIBRIS" are situated in the foreground in front of the volumes.
Extent1 bookplate : lithography ; 12.5 x 16.6 cm
Subject - GeographicUnited States
Personal NamesMerritt, Schuyler
TypeStill Image
NotesSchuyler Merritt was born December 16, 1853 and died at the age of 99 on April 1, 1953. Most well known as a member of Congress as a United States Representative from Connecticut, Merritt was born in New York City but raised in Stamford. He graduated from Yale College in 1873 and Columbia Law School in 1876. He worked with Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company (beginning in a legal capacity and eventually became chairman of the board of directors), remaining with them until several years before his death, and First Stamford National Bank (a career which stared in 1902 as an officer, and by 1919 was elected president of the organization. He later became chairman of the board of directors here as well). In 1916, Merritt began his political career, and remained active in Washington for about 20 years (in 1930 he was defeated by William L. Tierney, but returned two years later). Merritt Parkway, in Fairfield County, Connecticut, was named after the late Congressman.
1) The Manual of Heraldry. 7th Ed. London: Virtue Brothers & Co., 1866.
2) Heraldic Dictionary. University of Notre Dame, Dept. of Special Collections. 31 July 2000. Accessed 12 Jan. 2008 at
3) "Schuyler Merritt." Wikipedia. 1 July 2007. Accessed 28 Jan 2008 from
4) "Merritt Parkway." Wikipedia. 16 Jan. 2008. Accessed 28 Jan 2008 from
5) Higgins, Lisetta Neukam. "Schuyler Merritt." The Stamford Historian 1(1). The Stamford Historical Society: March 1954.
6) Latin Resources: Simpson, D.P. Cassell's New Latin Dictionary. 3rd Ed. London: Cassell & Company Ltd., 1964.
Access IdentifierBP MUR USA P M477
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_USA_P_M477
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR USA P M477
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:
TranscriptMEREO ET MERITO EX LIBRIS Schuyler Merritt. A sample of ex libris as ordered by/ Mrs (or Mr) Schuyler Merritt. but was discarded. Never printed.
TranslationTo deserve and deserve rightly
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