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Cary Memorial Library

Vincent Yardley Bowditch bookplate, ca. 1890

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Vincent Yardley Bowditch bookplate, ca. 1890
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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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