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Date Created[between 1828 and 1853]
Sort Date1853
DescriptionIn black ink on blue or gray paper, the bookplate features a decorative border with ornate corners surrounding black text.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 10.3 x 8.9 cm
Subject - GeographicMontréal (Québec)
TypeStill Image
NotesLa Bibliothèque des Avocats, or the Advocate's Library, was founded in 1828 as a bilingual library for lawyers, out of the desire for a library containing a 'variety of works on different parts of the law, ' 'many collections of legislation compared, ' and 'judicial decisions and legal journals.' It was incorporated on June 26, 1840, and in 1853 became La Bibliothèque du Barreau, or the Library of the Bar. Edward John Hemming inventoried and classified the documents of the library, finally publishing them in 1857 as a catalogue, together with those of the Library of the Bar of Lower Canada. The Library of the Bar is still in existence and may be accessed online at the website of the Barreau du Québec. A copy of this ex libris is also available in the Philippe Masson Ex Libris Collection at McGill University. On the Philippe Masson copy, the 'e' in 'Avocates' has been scribbled over. There are also additional bookplates of La Bibliothèque des Avocats in the Thomas Murray Collection (BP MUR CAN I L53738b ; BP MUR CAN I A386).
1) 'Buchanan, Alexander.' Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. 2000.
2) DeLisle, Auguste. Catalogue of the Library of the Bar of Montreal, including that of the Advocate's Library. Montreal: John Lovell & Son, 1883. Open Library.
3) 'Hemming, Edward John.' Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. 2000.
4) House of Commons, 'No. 159. An Ordinance to Incorporate the Advocates Library of Montreal, ' House of Commons Papers, Volume 15, Great Britain: Parliament, 134. Accessed online at'+library%22+montreal&source=gbs_navlinks_s.
5) Lamonde, Yvan. Les Bibliothèques de Collectivités à Montréal (17e-19e siècle): sources et problèmes. Montréal: Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, 1979, 45.
6) 'Sewell (Sewall), Stephen.' Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. 2000.
7) The Philippe Masson Ex Libris Collection at McGill University, from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN I L53738a
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_I_L53738a
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Morley Binder. BP MUR CAN I L53738a
Date Available2013
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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