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.

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About This Item

  • 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
(207) 685-3612

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