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Date Created[unknown]
DescriptionIn black ink. Argent [White or Silver], charged with an oak tree. On a fess, azure [Blue], a crescent, between two molets. Above the escutcheon is a straight crest wreath on which is a cubit arm, erect, issuing from a cloud, in the hand a branch of olive, all proper. Below the escutcheon is a banner containing the Latin motto.
Extent1 bookplate : steel engraving, etching ; 6.9 x 9.6 cm
TypeStill Image
NotesThe Smithsonian Institution Libraries have the bookplate of John Watts de Peyster (9 March 1821 - 4 May 1907), an author, philanthropist, and Adjutant General of the New York National Guard with the same Latin motto as this bookplate. No description of the coat-of-arms was found, so it is unclear whether this bookplate belonged to de Peyster. The Franklin and Marshall College Archives, however, have an image of de Peyster's bookplate on their web site. It is more decorative than this simple heraldic one, but the crest and coat-of-arms are the same. Another possible owner could be John Watts, President of the Council of New York in North America when that country was still under British rule, and the coat-of-arms associated with him matches the one on the bookplate.
1) Library Catalog. "Report to His Excellency Washington Hunt." Smithsonian Institution Libraries.!758896!0#focus (accessed on 13 January 2009).
2) Middlesex Churches. "City of London: St. Olave's Church, Hart St." Middlesex Heraldry Society. (accessed on 13 January 2009).
3) Shadek-Fackenthal Library, Archives & Special Collections. "The Watts de Peyster Collection: Napoleon Buonaparte." Franklin and Marshall College. (accessed on 13 January 2009).
4) ViaLibri. "Routes in Abyssinia." (accessed on 13 January 2009).
Access IdentifierBP MUR SL P U4675
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_SL_P_U4675
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR SL P U4675
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:
TranslationFor the strong there is no want of weapons
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