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Some Recent Book-Plqtes

exhibition at the Royal Academy. In it the statue
of " Peace," by the artist whose name is on the


ownership label at the foot, is the centre of a
group of appropiate symbolism too clearly set forth
to need translation into words. In Mr. Aymer
Yallance's own plate we have heraldry displayed
in severe and admirably decorative fashion.

The three examples of Book-Plates designed by
Mr. Warrington Hogg, which the artist has kindly
allowed us to reproduce, are typical of the style
he has made his own, and excellent examples of the
modern symbolical class. In the " Bell " plate, the
canting heraldry and the pertinence of the legend
are both too obvious to need comment. The Dutch
family motto, which may be translated, " Through
time and industry," and the paint-box and books, re-
present the tastes of the owners of the plate—Mr.
Arthur G. Bell, the water-colour artist, and his wife,

whose books on art, issued with the pseudonym
" N. D'Anvers," are widely known. The three
little bells bearing the initials of their children, and
the two large and three small hearts at the foot,
complete the idea. The Ex Libris of Dr. Ramsay,
supported by the ^Esculapian symbol of his pro-
fession, bears a motto that may be applied both to
the healing art and the pleasure derived from
reading. The seal of the Durham diploma of
medicine and the rest of the symbols explain them-
selves. In the artist's own plate the mystic tree
" Igdrasil," rises from the hill of difficulty at the
foot. The pen in the ink-horn points to the
quotation from Chaucer inscribed on the heart.
The hearts aflame with desire for learning mount
up to the book on the summit of the tree ; above,
the birds typify the soaring thoughts born of



The design by Mr. Leslie Brooke, for the
Ex Libris of the Rev. Stopford Brooke, steps out
of the cloud of allegory and symbolism into the
open air, and with its idyllic and pastoral character
suggests the more subtle influences of poetry and
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