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[Bookplate for James Bell]
[Bookplate for James Bell]
Title[Bookplate for James Bell]
Date Created[between 1877 and 1914?]
Sort Date1914
DescriptionCentered text in black ink, with three fonts.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 4.4 x 4.1 cm
Subject - GeographicMontréal (Québec)
Personal NamesBell, James
TypeStill Image
NotesGiven the scope of the Thomas Murray Collection, it is possible that this bookplate belonged to the following famous surgeon in Montreal, but the common name means this attribution is uncertain. Dr. James Bell (1852-1914) was an eminent surgeon in Montreal, having trained at McGill University, from which he graduated in 1877, and later returning there to teach surgery. He held surgery posts at several prestigious hospitals in Montreal. Dr. Bell was particularly known for his knowledge and skill pertaining to the abdomen and kidneys. He was a surgeon for the Sixth Battalion of Fusiliers between 1880 and 1888, including service in the field during the Riel Rebellion. He was married in 1889 to Miss Edith Alary Arnton, and their only child, James Stuart Ethelwyn Wallace Bell was born in 1899. Dr. Bell had a significant farm where he raised horses and cattle and indulged his love of outdoor sports and hunting. In an unfortunate twist of fate, Dr. Bell died of complications from appendicitis, despite having written himself several articles on the proper treatment of the disease and the high chance of survival after removal of the appendix. Lost medical records and conflicting verbal reports mean the treatment of Dr. Bell's own appendicitis remains unknown. A copy of this ex libris is also available in the Philippe Masson Ex Libris Collection at McGill University.
1) Atherton, William Henry. 'James Bell, M. D.' January 1914. Found at
2) Bell biography 1914.pdf. [Additional Information:]. Accessed May 9, 2013.
3) Murphy, D. Alton. 'James Bell's Appendicitis.' Canadian Journal of Surgery 15 (1972):335-8. Found at Accessed May 9, 2013.
4) The Philippe Masson Ex Libris Collection at McGill University, from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P B4555
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_B4555
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 P B4555
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:
TranscriptLIBRARY No. James Bell, M. D.
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