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[Bookplate for Charles Eliot Norton]
[Bookplate for Charles Eliot Norton]
Title[Bookplate for Charles Eliot Norton]
Date Created[between 1870 and 1899]
Sort Date1899
DescriptionThis bookplate consists of a straight heraldic wreath charged with a gryphon. Below the wreath a three books, piled, with a scroll over-top, with Latin motto within.
Extent1 bookplate : steel engraving ; 6 x 7.8 cm
Subject - GeographicUnited States
Personal NamesNorton, Charles Eliot
TypeStill Image
NotesBookplate belongs to a Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908), an art history and literary scholar born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born to Andrew Norton, a Unitarian theologian, and Catherine Eliot, a professor of sacred literature at Harvard, Norton was educated at Harvard himself. He eventually settled back at Harvard as a professor of art history after travelling from place to place, including Boston, Europe, and India. He often travelled back to Europe and England, and notably forged friendships with Thomas Carlyle and Leslie Stephen (father of Virginia Woolf). Paper damage at centre of plate.
1) Allen, Charles Dexter. "A few recent examples." American Book-Plates, A guide to their Study with Examples. New York and London: Macmillan and Co., 1894. 346.
2) "Charles Eliot Norton." Wikipedia. 24 Jan. 2008. Accessed 03 Mar. 2008 from
3) The Manual of Heraldry. 7th Ed. London: Virtue Brothers & Co., 1866.
4) Heraldic Dictionary. University of Notre Dame, Dept. of Special Collections. 31 July 2000. Accessed 21 Nov. 2007 at
5) "Mottoes A-C." Heraldry Unlimited. First accessed 3 Mar. 2004 from
6) Simpson, D.P. Cassell's New Latin Dictionary. 3rd Ed. London: Cassell & Company Ltd., 1964.
Access IdentifierBP MUR SL P N678
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_SL_P_N678
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR SL P N678
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:
TranslationFriendship and Friend
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