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[Bookplate for Laurence A. Waldron by Waller]
[Bookplate for Laurence A. Waldron by Waller]
Title[Bookplate for Laurence A. Waldron by Waller]
Date Created[between 1858 and 1923]
Sort Date1923
DescriptionIn red ink. This bookplate displays a classical theme. A neoclassical urn, draped with a laurel garland serves as the back-drop for the escutcheon. The escutcheon, argent (silver), is charged with three bull's heads caboshed, situated two over one. Above the escutcheon is a straight wreath, charged with a heraldic tyger sejant. This component is encircled by the originator's Latin motto. The urn is set upon a pedestal with an oval background, framed by a garland. At the base, between the oval background and laurel garland frame, appears the name and location of the creator.
Extent1 bookplate : etching ; 9.3 x 13.1 cm
Subject - GeographicDublin (Ireland)
Personal NamesWaldron, Laurence A.
TypeStill Image
NotesLaurence Ambrose Waldron (1858-1923), esquire, was a well-connected and influential Nationalist Irish MP, businessman and stockbroker. He served as a Privy Councillor, Senator of the National University and as a Governor of the National Gallery of Ireland. Waldron was also known as a bibliophile, collector and patron of the arts. Waldron built an arts and crafts style home (completed in 1907), on his estate at Ballybrack in county Dublin. The house, 'Marino, ' overlooked Killiney Bay and had an impressive library. Nicola Gordon Bowe, writes in the Irish Arts Review, that "The portly Waldron, 'a connoisseur in talk, even more than in pictures, books or wine, ' loved nothing more than to hurl quotations from his library of over 11, 000 books to distinguished guests who might include Hugh Lane, Provost Mahaffy, and Oliver St John Gogarty." His obituary was written by James Joyce and appeared in the Irish Times of January 13th 1924. Due to his nationalist sentiments, it is not surprising that Waldron selected an engraver with similar national pride in Ireland and the Irish people. The creator of the bookplate, Waller, of Dublin is cited as a participant in the Irish National Exhibition of 1852, having submitted some examples of "ornamental engraving."
1) Bowe, Nicola Gordon. "A Regal Blaze - Harry Clarke's Depiction of Synge's Queens." Irish Arts Review 23.2 (Winter 2006)
2) Maguire, John Francis. The Industrial Movement in Ireland, as Illustrated by the National Exhibition of 1852. Cork, Ireland: John O'Brien, 1853. National Register of Archives website, accessed on November 6, 2008 at
3) Tipperary County Directory 1862, from Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory for 1862, Library Ireland website, accessed on November 6, 2008 at
Access IdentifierBP MUR IRL P W353
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_IRL_P_W353
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR IRL P W353
Date Available2009
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:
TranscriptSpectemur Agendo. Waller, Dublin. Laurence A. Waldron.
TranslationLet us be judged by our acts.
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