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[Bookplate for Dunbar Browne]
[Bookplate for Dunbar Browne]
Title[Bookplate for Dunbar Browne]
Date Created[between 1860 and 1879?]
Sort Date1879
DescriptionA floral, somewhat art nouveau style border surrounding the text.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 9.5 x 11.1 cm
Subject - GeographicMontréal (Québec)
Personal NamesBrowne, Dunbar
TypeStill Image
NotesDunbar Browne (1835 ' 191?) was the son of Canadian architect George Browne. Dunbar himself studied at McGill, where he earned a BA in 1856 and a BCL (Civil Law) in 1857. He passed the bar and entered into a sequence of law partnerships. In 1859, Browne married Maria Litchfield of Kingston, QC, and they had six or seven children, including Dunbar Browne Jr., the oldest, born 1861. Also in 1861, Dunbar senior earned an MA, and in 1871 a Doctorate of Civil Law. In 1874, Browne was appointed to the office of Collector of Inland Revenue for the Division of Montreal. In 1879, Dunbar Browne, sen., was convicted of embezzling public funds for his own use and sentenced to five years imprisonment. He appears to have been released in 1883, when he again appears in the Montreal directory, advertising as a lawyer. He worked as a lawyer and as editor for a variety of magazines for the rest of his life. The dating of this bookplate has been based on the similarity to BP MUR CAN P B769641, which belonged to Browne's son, Dunbar Jr., and bears a stamp for the Montreal Jail. The similarity suggests they were created at the same time, and that the son lent a book to his father in jail, as no suggestion has been found that Dunbar Jr. was ever imprisoned. A copy of this ex libris is also available in the Philippe Masson Ex Libris Collection at McGill University.
1) Annuaires Lovell de Montreal et sa banlieue (1842-1999). Biblioteque et Archives nationales Québec.
2) Borthwick, J. Douglas. Montreal, its History: to which is added biographical sketches, with photographs, of many of its principal citizens. Montreal: Drysdale, 1875. p. 50.
3) Morgan, Henry J., ed. The Dominion Annual Register and Review for the Thirteenth Year of the Canadian Union: 1879. Ottawa: MacLean, Roger & Co, 1880. p. 194.
4) 1871 Census of Canada. Province: Québec, District: Montreal West [106], Sub-district: St. Laurent Ward [c], p. 11, line 9, 'Dunbar Brown.'
5) 1881 Census of Canada. Province: Québec, District: Montreal(City) [90], Sub-district: St. Antoine Ward [H], Division: 13, p. 16, line 24, 'D. B. Browne.'
6) 1891 Census of Canada. Province: Québec, District: Montreal[172], Sub-district: [D], Division: 12, p. 70, line 9, 'Dunbar Browne.'
7) 1901 Census of Canada. Province: Québec, District: Montreal(City) [175], Sub-district: St. Antoine Ward [A], Division: 10, p. 8, line 3, 'Dunbar Browne.'
8) 1911 Census of Canada. Province: Québec, District: Maisonneuve [172], Sub-district: Montreal[69], p. 10, line 14, 'Dunbar Browne.'
9) The Philippe Masson Ex Libris Collection at McGill University, from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P B76964
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_B76964
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 B76964
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:
TranscriptProperty of Dunbar Browne Montreal If thou art borrowed by a friend, Right welcome shall he be To read, to study, not to lend, But to return to me. Not that imparted knowledge doth Diminish learning's store ; But books, I find, if often lent, Return to me no more.
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