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[Bookplate for Pretre L. Bertrand]
[Bookplate for Pretre L. Bertrand]
Title[Bookplate for Pretre L. Bertrand]
Date Created[unknown]
DescriptionAn ornate border of foliage, flowers, ribbons, and musical instruments surrounds the text. Below the printed text is a manuscript note. The back of the bookplate is covered in marbling, presumably lifted from a book when the bookplate was removed.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 8.5 x 6 cm
Personal NamesBertrand, L., Pretre
TypeStill Image
NotesFormally, the creator and/or owner of this bookplate are unknown. There are, however, two possible owners: Laurent-Joseph Bertrand (also known as Joseph-Laurent) and Louis Bertrand Castel. Laurent-Joseph Bertrand (1741-1813) was born in Montreal and entered religious studies after the death of wife shortly after their marriage in 1762. He was ordained in 1776, and was a parish priest in two different parishes which had divisive conflicts on the matter of building new churches. He died in his second parish, Rivière-du-Loup. Louis Bertrand Castel (1688-1757) was a French mathematician born in Montpellier. He entered the order of the Jesuits in 1703. He was most famous in his day for his scientific work 'Optique des couleurs' (1740), which was a treatise on the melody of colors. This idea was embodied in the Ocular Harpsichord, which opened a small stained glass window whenever a key was struck ' one window per key. The border, with its musical instruments and small triangle, resembling a prism, particularly supports the possibility that this bookplate belonged to Castel.
1) Chisholm, Hugh, ed. 'Louis Bertrand Castel.' Encyclopedia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press, 1911. Last modified July 28, 2006. Accessed July 11, 2013 from
2) Douville, Raymond. 'Bertrand, Joseph-Laurent.' Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Accessed July 11, 2013 at
3) 'Louis Bertrand Castel.' Wikipedia. Last modified May 29, 2013. Accessed July 11, 2013 at
4) Rose, Hugh James, ed. 'Castel, (Lewis Bertrand).' A New General Biographical Dictionary. Vol. 6. London: T. Fellowes, 1857. p. 107. Accessed at
5) Tanguay, Father Cyprien, 'Bertrand, Laurent-Joseph, ' Répertoire general du clergé Canadien par ordre chronologique depuis la foundation de la colonie jusqu'à nos jours. Montreal: Sénécal, 1893. 141. Accessed at
Access IdentifierBP MUR SL P B478
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_SL_P_B478
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Morley Binder. BP MUR SL P B478
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:
TranscriptL. BERTRAND Pretre. No. Tome 11.
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