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[Bookplate for John Somers by James Ross]
[Bookplate for John Somers by James Ross]
Title[Bookplate for John Somers by James Ross]
CreatorRoss, James
Date Created1821
Sort Date1821
DescriptionThis heraldric bookplate consists of an escutcheon, divided per quarter, with quarters one and four sable (black), with a chevron argent (silver), charged with three antlers, two over one. Quarters two and three are vert (green), with a dancette fess ermine. At the centre of the escutcheon is an inescutcheon, which is also divided quarterly and features charges of cross crosslet fitched and beasts. The escutcheon is supported by two lions rampant, each with a dancette collar. Above the escutcheon is a Baron coronet, and below the escutcheon is a banner with Latin motto within. This bookplate is similar to BP MUR ENG P S664a, which is presumably owned by the same individual after his rise to title.
Extent1 bookplate : burin engraving ; 6.6 x 6.7 cm
Subject - GeographicEngland
Personal NamesSomers, John
TypeStill Image
NotesBookplate artist most likely James Ross (1745-1821), who was a student of R. Hancock at the Royal Worcester Porcelain Works, a porcelain company still in production. Bookplate owner is John Somers (1788-1852), Earl Somers, Lord Viscount Eastnor of Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, Baron of Evesham, Worcester, who rose to his title after his father's death in 1806. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the first baron Somers, also John Somers (1651-1716), was a well known lawyer and politician ; notably he helped write royal speeches and aided in the establishment of what is now known as the Bill of Rights.
1) Robson, Thomas. "The British Herald: or, Cabinet of Armorial Bearings of the Nobility..." England: Turner & Maywood, 1830. Digitized by Googlebooks on 11 Sept 2007. Original from Harvard University. Accessed 14 Oct 2008 from
2) Stuart Handley, 'Somers, John, Baron Somers (1651-1716)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2008 [, accessed 14 Oct 2008]
3) Heraldic Dictionary. University of Notre Dame, Dept. of Special Collections. 31 July 2000. Accessed 21 Nov. 2007 at
Access IdentifierBP MUR ENG P S664b
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_ENG_P_S664b
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR ENG P S664b
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:
TranscriptPRODESSE QUAM CONSPICI John Somers, Lord Somers.
TranslationTo advance rather than watch
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