This bookplate is part of a collection assembled by Elizabeth Mast Hyatt in the 1920s and 1930s to honor famed opera and concert singer Annie Louise Cary (1841-1921), who was born in Wayne. A library was built in the town in 1938 and named the Cary Memorial Library. Hyatt later donated the bookplate collection to the library.
Walter M. Aikman was a noted artist and bookplate designer, who created a bookplate for Hyatt herself in 1912. This design for Aikman's own bookplate shows a landscape with a pond, swan and human figure surrounded by an elaborate frame. The Latin inscription "Sub Robore Virtus" translates as "Virtue Under Strength."
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