Artist/Designer

Donna Frances Davis (1887-1976)

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Commissioned for

Dorothea Melinda Melden

Signed

No

Description

A pictorial bookplate on sepia paper with black ink addressed to Dorothea Melinda Melden. There is a big statue with a sailboat on top and writing on the side, "To be honest/to be kind/To earn a little and to spend a little less/to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence/to renounce when that small be necessary and not to be embittered to keep a few friends but these without capitulation/above all on the same grim conditions to keep friends with himself/Here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy. R.L.S." Beneath it are two mythical creatures with wings and books in between them. The creature sitting on the left is playing an instrument with birds sitting on it. The creature sitting on the right has an owl on their shoulder while reading a book.

Condition

Affixed on card stock

Bookplate Function

Ownership

Object Type

Bookplate

Bookplate Type

Pictorial

Language

English and Latin

Date or Era

c. 20th century

Object Size

14.3 x 8 cm

Bookplate Collection Number

BA256

Subject

Bookplate designers

Subject

Bookplates--Specimens

Subject

Books—Owners’ marks

Part of

Bookplate Collection of Christine Price

Donor

Christine Price

Digital Publisher

Copley Library, University of San Diego

Date Digitized

2023-03-01

Image Format

image/jpeg

Image File Size

495 KB

Image File Location

S:\Bookplates\Davis, Donna Francis\TIF Images\BA256.tif

Repository

Special Collections, Copley Library, University of San Diego

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