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[Bookplate for R. J. A. Boreman]
[Bookplate for R. J. A. Boreman]
Title[Bookplate for R. J. A. Boreman]
Date Created[between 1870 and 1929]
Sort Date1929
DescriptionIn black ink. This bookplate displays a bespectacled man, presumably the originator, reading a book by candle-light. With no tonal variation, he is set-off against a black background, framed with a thin, asymmetrical, ornate border. Above the profile-portrait is the originator's name, and below, his Latin motto and a separate component in which a book number has been stamped in red.
Extent1 bookplate : lithography ; 7.3 x 9.5 cm
SubjectBooks ; Portraits
Subject - GeographicWest Virginia
Personal NamesBoreman, R. J. A.
TypeStill Image
NotesR. J. A. Boreman was a West Virginian entrepreneur and book collector of some note. Among his business ventures, Boreman served as an insurance agent, was involved in oil prospecting and book publishing. He heralded from Parkersburg in Wood County, where he was a founding member of the Rock Run Oil Company, incorporated in 1886. In 1909 he bought the Ohio Valley Publishing Company, where he served as President until his retirement in 1921. He is mentioned in the 1922 volume, A List of Private Book Collectors in the United States and Canada, with subject interests in "Indians ; Virginia ; West Virginia ; Ohio Valley ; Personal and state histories ; Wars of U.S."
1) Holden, John Allan. "A list of private book collectors in the United States and Canada" New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1922. Accessed on March 5, 2009 at
2) Acts of the Legislature of West Virginia. Charleston: Moses W. Donnally. Public Printer, 1887, 507-508. Accessed on March 3, 2009 at, M1
3) Boreman is mentioned in "Wood County, West Virginia, Biography of Robert L. MacFarland" from The History of West Virginia, Old and New, vol.3. New York: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1923, p.124. Accessed on March 3, 2009 at
4) "1884 Journal and Reports of the West Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Held at Buckhannon, West Virginia, October 1-5, 1884." Akron, Ohio: Beacon Publishing Company, 1884, p.94. Accessed online on March 10, 2009 at, M1
Access IdentifierBP MUR USA P B674
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_USA_P_B674
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Leslie Binder. BP MUR USA P B674
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:
TranslationWith courage no road is impassable.
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