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[Bookplate for Frances Mary Richardson Currer]
[Bookplate for Frances Mary Richardson Currer]
Title[Bookplate for Frances Mary Richardson Currer]
Date Created[between 1800 and 1899]
Sort Date1899
DescriptionThis heraldic bookplate consists of a stylized escutcheon, with a pale counterchanged per fess. Sections one and six are parted per cross, with quarters one and four sable (black), with a chief argent (silver), charged with three lions erased. Quarters two and three consists of a barry of eight ermine and azure (blue), with a chief azure, charged with a lion passant guardant. Section two is azure, with a simple bend or (gold), charged with two heads of a stag. Section three is azure, with a bend engrailed and or, charged with three martlets. Section four is ermine, with a cross engrailed and sable. Finally, section five is vert (green), with a bordure engrailed and or, charged with a stag's head. Below the entire escutcheon is bookplate owner's name.
Extent1 bookplate : steel engraving ; 5.7 x 7.1 cm
Subject - GeographicEngland
Personal NamesCurrer, Frances Mary Richardson
TypeStill Image
NotesFrances Mary Richardson-Currer (1785-1861) of Eshton Hall, Skipton, Yorkshire, has been described as one of the first female book collectors in Europe. After inheriting her grandfather's library, she built a collection consisting ofapproximately 15000 volumes which she catalogued under subjects. Notably, as a known scholar, she also possibly had contact with Charlotte Bronte, who may have made use of Currer's library. It is thought Bronte used 'Currer' as a pseudonym in her first novel as tribute to Frances. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Currer was known for her generosity, amiableness, and accomplishments, and supported the Cowen Bridge School, a Clergy Daughter's School. Her library held notable holdings on antiquities, natural science, and topography, as well as illustrated books and rarities.
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 21 Nov. 2007 at
3) "Mottoes Q-S." Heraldry Unlimited. First accessed 3 Mar. 2004 from
4) Simpson, D.P. Cassell's New Latin Dictionary. 3rd Ed. London: Cassell & Company Ltd., 1964.
5) "Frances Mary Richardson-Currer." From History to Her Story: Yorkshire Women's Lives On-Line. Accessed 26 Mar. 2008 from
6) Colin Lee, 'Currer, Frances Mary Richardson (1785-1861)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 26 March 2008]
Access IdentifierBP MUR ENG P C877
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_ENG_P_C877
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR ENG P C877
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:
TranscriptFrances Mary Richardson Currer.
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