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[Bookplate for Alex Watters]
[Bookplate for Alex Watters]
Title[Bookplate for Alex Watters]
Date Created[between 1900 and 1929]
Sort Date1929
DescriptionPrinted in black ink on cream or tan paper the book plate features a bare-chested female figure in an art deco style holding a foil in her right hand and wiping the blade with a cloth in her left hand. Behind the figure's head is a sun burst design. The figure wears an elaborate headpiece as well as an involved crescent moon necklace and a flowered sarong. To the left of the figure, the words 'Tis / DEATH / To / KEEP' appear vertically. To the right of the figure appear the words 'EX / LIBRIS' horizontally and the words 'ALEX / WATTERS' vertically.
Extent1 bookplate : intaglio printing ; 7.8 x 13.2 cm
Subject - GeographicMontréal (Québec)
Personal NamesWatters, Alex
TypeStill Image
NotesOwner may have been Alex Watters (c. 1875'June 18, 1944), president of Plow and Watters Ltd., a financial and commercial printer in Montreal. Born and educated in Montreal, Watters became associated with printers B. Plow and Co., later founding the company of Plow and Watters Ltd. in 1922 with B.K. Plow. Watters became president of the company in 1932, and held the position until his death. Watters was also a member of the Thistle Curling Club and a 32nd degree Mason. Watters died on June 18, 1944 at the age of 69 leaving behind a wife, Jessie Watters (nee Plow), two children, and three grandchildren. It is unknown from where the phrase 'Tis Death to Keep' comes, but it may somehow be a reference to Watters' Masonic membership or simply a warning to those who would presume to take and keep his books.
1) (1944, June 19). Alex Watters Dies 50 Years a Printer. The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved from, 3048079
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P W388
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_W388
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 W388
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:
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