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[Bookplate by W. Bowles and J.W. Leigh]
[Bookplate by W. Bowles and J.W. Leigh]
Title[Bookplate by W. Bowles and J.W. Leigh]
CreatorBowles, W. ; Leigh, J.W.
Date Created[between 1900 and 1929]
Sort Date1929
DescriptionThis bookplate is rendered in a circular motif, with three escutcheons pivoting the centre. The first crest is gules (red), charged with three ducal coronet, positioned two over one, with a roundlet or (gold) at centre. The second crest has a chevronelly of eleven or and azure (blue). The third crest is gules, charged with three inverted wildcat heads on fleur-de-lis, two over one. The entire assemblage is contained within a circular pattern, with Latin name in the border. The original artist of the crest is J.W. Leigh, indicated by "Inv." at the base of the design.
Extent1 bookplate : steel engraving, etching ; 9.4 x 11.4 cm
SubjectHeraldry ; Libraries
Subject - GeographicEngland
TypeStill Image
NotesBookplate most likely hails from the Hereford Cathedral Library. The Hereford Cathedral Library was established in the beginning of the 12th century, and remains today a theological and reference lending library. It is home of the famous Chained Library, inspired by Thomas Bodley's Duke Humphrey's Library at Oxford. According to G.E. Aylmer and John Eric Tiller's "Hereford Cathedral" (2000), in 1892 the notion to build a new library building was proposed, and was realized under the 1894-1919 dean term of James Wentworth Leigh ; Presumably, this is the same "J.W.Leigh" who designed the heraldic crest on this bookplate. Before his appointment as dean, Leigh was vicar of Leamington.
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Access IdentifierBP MUR ENG I H474
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_ENG_I_H474
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR ENG I H474
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:
TranslationHereford Cathedral Theology Library
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