Bird, Elisha Brown
Bessie W. Leonard
An engraved pictorial bookplate on light sepia tinted paper with sepia ink for Bessie W. Leonard. There's a woman in a toga standing and reading a book. There are two children by her feet, the one on the left is holding a painter's palette and on the right the child is reading a book. There's a quote to the left of the woman from Longfellow, "The love of learning the sequestered nooks and all the sweet serenity of books." There's a quote on the right from Milton, "A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life." There is a rose wreath surrounding the woman and children.
Affixed on card stock
English and Latin
Date or Era
c. 20th Century
4.5 x 2.875 in.
Bookplate Collection Number
Bookplate Collection of Christine Price
Copley Library, University of San Diego
Image File Size
Image File Location
S:\Bookplates\Bird, Elisha Brown\TIF Images\BA050.tif
Special Collections, Copley Library, University of San Diego
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Digital USD Citation
"Bookplate of a woman in a toga reading with two children at her feet" (2023). Bookplates by Elisha Brown Bird. Image 12.