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[Bookplate for Claude Lamont Wheeler by C. Collmen]
[Bookplate for Claude Lamont Wheeler by C. Collmen]
Title[Bookplate for Claude Lamont Wheeler by C. Collmen]
CreatorCollmen, C.
Date Created[between 1870 and 1929]
Sort Date1929
DescriptionPrinted in black on white or cream paper. In the upper left corner of the bookplate appear the words 'NULLA DIES SINE / LINEA' followed by four upward pointing arrows or crosses. To the right in the upper center of the bookplate appears a framed portrait of a horned figure (the devil?). The center of the bookplate shows the caricatured figure of a man sitting at a roll top desk. His tall wooden chair leaves his feet dangling above the ground. The man holds a lit cigar in his left hand and quill pen in his right hand. The desk, the wastepaper basket to the right of it, and the floor around it are littered with sheets of paper. Several books, as well as an owl and a human skull sit on the top of the desk. To the left, an over-sized pair of scissors leans against the man's chair. To the right of the desk appears the name of the illustrator, C. Collmen(?). Below the illustration appears a white bordered box with the words 'Ex Libris, ' below which appears the name of the owner.
Extent1 bookplate : half-tone ; 7.6 x 10.2 cm
SubjectComics ; Portraits
Personal NamesWheeler, Claude Lamont
TypeStill Image
NotesOwner was Claude Lamont Wheeler (1864-1916) best known as the editor of the New York Medical Journal. Wheeler was born in Montreal on March 5, 1864, the son of Dr. Thomas Brown Wheeler and Anne (Shaw) Wheeler, and a nephew of William Wheeler, a former Governor of the State of Rhode Island. He attended Laval University and McGill University where he graduated in medicine in 1889. After a year interning at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Ontario, he moved to the United States where he practiced medicine in Burlington, Vermont, for a short time before moving to New York City. Wheeler was an ophthalmologist with the Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital and the New York Polyclinic Hospital prior to becoming assistant editor of the New York Medical Journal in 1902 and editor in 1911. An obituary in the medical journal The Lancet noted that 'While his medical knowledge was extensive, his literary gifts were even more conspicuous. He possessed the literary instinct, which was supplemented by a high degree of culture.' In addition, he was versed in several languages, had 'a fine presence, engaging manners, and great tact, ' and was an amateur actor, a well-trained vocalist, and an accomplished pianist. After battling failing health for a year or more, Wheeler died of bronchial pneumonia on December 30, 1916, at the age of 52 leaving behind his wife, Agnes Mary Mitchell, and daughter, Faith Wheeler. It is unknown whether the bookplate was created in the United States or Wheeler's native Canada. The artist is also unknown. Another ex libris likely owned by Wheeler is also in the Thomas Murray Bookplate Collection.
1) American College of Genealogy. (n.d.). The genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. Retrieved April 4, 2012, from
2) Dr. Claude Lamont Wheeler. (1917). The British Medical Journal, 1(2934), 411-411. Obituary. (1917). The Lancet, 189(4878), 310-313. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(01)48030-5 Obituary. (1917). Canadian Medical Association Journal, 7(2), 168-172.
Access IdentifierBP MUR SL P W444a
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_SL_P_W444a
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Leslie Binder. BP MUR SL P W444a
Date Available2012
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:
TranslationNot a day without a line drawn.
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