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[Bookplate for E. W. Neville by Marjorie Sankey]
[Bookplate for E. W. Neville by Marjorie Sankey]
Title[Bookplate for E. W. Neville by Marjorie Sankey]
CreatorSankey, Marjorie
Date Created[between 1930 and 1940?]
Sort Date1940
DescriptionIn black ink on yellow/brown paper. The elaborate façade of a building is held up by a large tree with many roots. The owner's name is featured in the gate entrance. The thick paper features chain and laid lines.
Extent1 bookplate : linocut ; 10.1 x 13.2 cm
SubjectArchitecture ; Trees
Subject - GeographicCanada
Personal NamesNeville, E. W.
TypeStill Image
NotesWhile the bookplate owner is named as E. W. Neville, it appears as if this bookplate was originally designed for Toronto resident Lorne Pierce (1890-1961). Pierce commissioned the illustrator Marjorie Sankey to design his bookplate, which she based on the Wesley building at 299 Queen West Street in Toronto, home to Ryerson Press where Pierce was editor-in-chief from 1920-1959. The original ex libris with Lorne Pierce's name is featured in Robert Stacey's 1994 Canadian Bookplates. Interestingly, the Phillippe Masson Ex Libris Collection at McGill University contains a copy of both bookplates ; one with Lorne Pierce's name, as well as the one with E. W. Neville's name. Aside from the names, the only other difference is the addition of 'more light' and 'more love' on the two building columns in Neville's ex libris. Little is known about the artist Marjorie Sankey, although her name is featured on both versions of the bookplate. She appeared to have some success as an illustrator and bookplate engraver in the 20s and 30s in Toronto. Additionally, her skill was thought of highly enough that she was asked to create a bookplate for artist, and fellow bookplate designer, Alexander Scott Carter.
1) Williams, P. (November 5, 2008). Wesley Building and King Parliament Square win 2008 Heritage Toronto Awards. Daily Commercial News and Construction Record. Retrieved March 23, 2010 from
2) Campbell, S. (n.d.) Pierce, Lorne Albert. The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved March 23, 2010 from
3) Stacey, Robert (1997). Canadian Bookplates. Subway Books: Toronto.
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P N4855
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_N4855
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Leslie Binder. BP MUR CAN P N4855
Date Available2010
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:
TranscriptEx Libris MORE LIGHT MORE LOVE E. W. Neville
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