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MICROSCOPICAL BOOKPLATES (EX LIBRIS)
||John Gustav Delly, Scientific Advisor, Hooke College of Applied Sciences, Westmont, IL
The initials A.M. in the lower right hand corner
of Arthur Marsden’s bookplate (Figure 61) indicate that this bookplate
was composed by the owner. I do not know who Arthur Marsden was, but
the symbolism on the bookplate indicates, possibly, a petroleum chemist.
The benzene ring is prominent throughout the bookplate; notice that there
are endless strings of benzene rings forming the outside border, coal
tar derivatives are emanating from the piece of coal on the left, the
very central design figure is hexagonal, and note that around the central
benzene ring is a serpent swallowing its own tail – a clear reference
to Kekule’s dream of a snake swallowing its own tail, that led him to
the structure of benzene. Even the escutcheon bearing the owner’s name
is hexagonal-shaped. Power sources are indicated: volcano, the sun, generator
and power lines; chemical apparatus also: retort distillation apparatus,
balance, filtration set-up. That may also be oil-well drilling equipment.
A very nice, and interesting, self-designed bookplate.
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The bookplate of F.O. Mosley has a beautifully-engraved
(Watson) microscope (Figures 62, 63). On the bench with the microscope
is a narrow, top-opening laboratory notebook, pencil, reference books,
and a beaker containing three test tubes, with cotton plugs – these may
contain agar slants, or they may be genetics experiments with flies.
The plants and insect – probably the pollinator – together with the microscope
and other equipment suggest that F.O. Mosley was associated with an agricultural
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The Ethel Katharine Pearce bookplate (Figure 64)
was removed from a badly-damaged copy of Mrs. Ward’s book on the microscope.
The microscope and charming lamp for illumination in the evening indicate
the owner’s interest in microscopy and natural history, in addition to
the fact that the bookplate had been mounted in a book on microscopy.
This bookplate, composed in 1906 (upper-right corner), indicates in the
phrase Solitudinis libri solamen that the owner found solitude
in the comfort of books, and the phrase around the hourglass says something
about wasting away or pining away – the hour glass reminding us about
how little time we all have here.
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