Frank A. Vanderlip bookplate, ca. 1901

Contributed by Cary Memorial Library in Wayne


Frank A. Vanderlip (1864-1937) was Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1897 to 1901. The bookplate was presented to Vanderlip upon his retirement from his government post.

It was enclosed in a 1925 letter from his secretary to Wayne and Brooklyn, N.Y., resident Elizabeth Hyatt, who was amassing a bookplate collection in honor of famed opera singer Annie Louise Cary (1841-1921).

The art is notable for being the work of painter and illustrator Maxfield Parrish. The inscription is a poem illustrating the idea of "silence," and was written by Louis J. Magee, a businessman and friend of Vanderlip. The poem reads:

While patient nature, brooding in content
O'er vast reserves of silence, shapes the plan
Of work for aeons of accomplishment,
What restlessness attends th' affairs of man!
Yet even here, hard on the noisy mart,
Sacred the silence of the shelves shall be
To silence-garnered thoughts, a world apart,
Like the unbounded stretches of the sea.

The bookplate collection was eventually donated to the Cary Memorial Library, which was built in 1938 to honor the town's famous daughter.

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About This Item

  • Title: Frank A. Vanderlip bookplate, ca. 1901
  • Creator: Maxfield Parrish
  • Creation Date: circa 1901
  • Subject Date: circa 1901
  • Location: Wayne, Kennebec County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 10.0 cm x 6.7 cm
  • Local Code: B (Box)
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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Cary Memorial Library in Wayne
17 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne, ME 04284
(207) 685-3612

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