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Maker(s):Maverick, Peter Rushton (1755-1811)
Title:book plate
Date Made:1789
Type:Documentary Artifact
Materials:laid paper; ink
Place Made:New York, NY
Measurements:Sheet: 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 in; 14.6 x 9.8 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2017.12.1
Credit Line:Gift of Elizabeth Stillinger in memory of William H. Guthman
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Founded in 1754, the New York Society Library still operates in New York City. In 1789, the state legislature granted the library a charter, which occasioned this bookplate. In the image, the figure of Minerva offers a book to a kneeling Native American and points to the Latin motto "EMOLLIT MORES" (Learning Humanizes), and the Native offers his tomahawk in return. Peter R. Maverick ran an engraving, printing, and silversmithing shop in New York City from as early as 1775. Two of his sons, Peter and Samuel, followed their father's trade.

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