Friday, April 01, 2016

Ô Canada

I rarely write about Canada so I am  pleased to talk about some Canadian related topics today.  The University Of Toronto Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library  has placed a portion of their bookplate collection on Flickr.

Here is a link:

New Flickr Set: Canadian bookplates

Ex-Libris of Mary Frances Holgate
The Fisher Library possesses an extensive bookplate collection dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, referencing prominent figures and institutions in Canadian history. Reaching across Canada as well as the United Kingdom, the ex-libris collection comprises a wide range of owners. Provenance for some bookplates include prime ministers, military commanders, universities, libraries, private businesses and journalistic groups. The collection also offers a wide range of styles, representing a great variety in bookplate artistry. Some of the styles consist of armorial, pictorial, printed, emblematic, and hand-written bookplates. Many ex-libris have extraordinary artwork by notable artists like J.E.H. MacDonald and Francis Adams, while others possess witty rhymes, elegant mottos and family crests.

 These are just a sampling of the collection as there are more than 1,000 bookplates are available in the library’s physical collection.
Student intern Selin Kahramanoglu was responsible for preparing the finding aid for the collection and for curating the set of images on Flickr.

Fellow Bookplate collector Warren Baker has a new PDF catalog of Historical Canadian Documents, autographs and ephemera
I am unable to reproduce PDF images on this blog .
Here is Warren's contact information to obtain a copy of the catalog.

Warren Baker P.O. Box 844, Station B Montreal, Quebec H3B 3B0 

Tel. (514) 482-3070


Here is a link to a Canadian bookplate blog by Andrew Godefroy which has not been updated for quite some time .

In My own collection of notable people I have several Canadian bookplates

Dr.Frederick Grant Banting
Sir Frederick Grant Banting, KBE, MC, FRS, FRSC was a Canadian medical scientist, physician, painter and Nobel laureate noted as the first person to use insulin on humans.

William Maxwell Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook)
William Maxwell "Max" Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, PC, ONB, was an Anglo-Canadian business tycoon, politician, newspaper proprietor and writer who was an influential figure in British society of the first half of the 20th century

Saul Bellow

Thomas B. Costain
 was a Canadian journalist who became a best-selling author of historical novels at the age of 57
Stephen Leacock
Stephen P. H Butler Leacock, FRSC was a Canadian teacher, political scientist, writer, and humorist. Between the years 1910 and 1925, he was the most widely read English-speaking author in the world

If you have any interesting Canadian bookplates in 

your collection please send  a scan to me 

and it will be added to this posting.


Fellow collector Beau Williamson sent the following 


"I so rarely find good bookplates in the wild, mostly relying on dealers to expand my collection, so I was very happy to pick up this one (attached) in a book about hawks. The owner of the plate was a University (of Toronto) professor who specialized in Native American subjects. Stanley Harrod is a favorite designer of mine, though his plates are not always of the highest artistic quality."

I'm always looking for Canadian plates. I have maybe 20 or 30 in my collection. This is one of my favorite though.

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