Vincent Yardley Bowditch bookplate, ca. 1890
Contributed by Cary Memorial Library in Wayne
This bookplate was enclosed in a 1928 letter to Elizabeth Hyatt, who was compiling a collection of bookplates in honor of famed opera singer Annie Louise Cary (1841-1921).
The design includes the owner's name, "Vincent Yardley Bowditch," and a floral element, which Bowditch describes as "jessamyn, the 'family flower,' which my grandfather, Nathaniel Bowditch, the navigator & mathematician, wished to have as a family emblem because his eldest daughter brought him a spray of the flower just before his death in 1838."
Bowditch also writes in his letter, "May I ask if this collection is named for the great singer whose beautiful voice I can recall when I was a boy. She sang in Emanuel Church in Boston and in later years in opera? If so it adds to my pleasure in sending the enclosed specimen of what I use."
The current library, built in 1938, was named the Cary Memorial Library, and the bookplate collection was eventually added to the library collections.
- Title: Vincent Yardley Bowditch bookplate, ca. 1890
- Creator: Ritter, Louis
- Creation Date: circa 1890
- Town: Wayne
- County: Kennebec
- State: ME
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 6.45 cm x 11.2 cm
- Local Code: B (Box)
- Object Type: Text and Image
For more information about this item, contact:
Cary Memorial Library in Wayne
17 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne, ME 04284
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