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[Bookplate for George Francis Steele by E. J. W.]
[Bookplate for George Francis Steele by E. J. W.]
Title[Bookplate for George Francis Steele by E. J. W.]
CreatorW., E. J.
Date Created1904
Sort Date1904
DescriptionIn black ink on white or cream paper it depicts a nude male figure riding a Pegasus in the upper left surrounded by a swirl of stars, planets, and other astronomical bodies. Another nude, winged male figure in the lower right holds a quill pen in his right hand and in his left, the end of a ribbon on which "EX LIBRIS / AD ASTRA" is written. A dark dome, possibly representing a planet, occupies the lower left. There are blue smudges, possibly ink, across the lower third of the bookplate.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 7.6 x 10.3 cm
SubjectAllegorical drawings
Subject - GeographicUnited States
Personal NamesSteele, George Francis
TypeStill Image
NotesOwner may have been George Francis Steele (1858-1937). Steele was the son of George McKendree Steele, who was the third president of Lawrence University (then Lawrence College) in Appleton, Wisconsin, from 1865-1879. Steele attended Lawrence College starting as a student in the preparatory school beginning in the fall of 1870 and graduating from the college proper in 1878. After Steele's first wife, Jessie Dewey, passed away, he married Alice Frederick of Chicago in 1912. According to the Lawrence College Alumni Record of 1915, Steele entered into the paper manufacturing business in Wisconsin in 1879 and was later employed by the Deering Harvester Company, the International Harvester Company, and Brunet Falls Manufacturing Company. Steele had a turbulent tenure as secretary of the News Print Manufacturers' Association and later became general manager of the Canadian Export Paper Company of Montreal from 1917 to 1922. Steele died at the age of 78 after a long illness. Illustrator is unknown, but possibly Edward J. Wheeler (ca. 1848-1933), a painter and black and white artist who contributed small drawings and decorations to "Punch, " a humor and satire magazine, starting in 1880. Ad astra is a Latin phrase meaning "to the stars, " which appeared in Virgil's "Aeneid" and Seneca the Younger's "Hercules Furens."
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2) Personal. Canadian machinery and manufacturing news, XVIII (No. 10). Retrieved from
3) Federal Trade Commission. (1917). Report of the Federal Trade Commission on the news-print paper industry. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved from (1917, November 16).
4) Jury is Selected to Try Paper Men. New York Times. Retrieved from
5) Lawrence University. (1915). Alumni Record 1857-1915. Appleton, WI. Retrieved from
6) Peppin, B. (1984). Book Illustrators of the Twentieth Century. New York: Arco Pub. Ad astra (phrase)
7) Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (2011). Retrieved October 13, 2011, from Image upgraded Jan. 2014.
Access IdentifierBP MUR USA P S744
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_USA_P_S744
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 S744
Date Available2011
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:
TranslationTo the stars
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