Sunday, 5 August 2012

Richard Sealy, Esq. Lisbon

RICHARD SEALY (b. abt. 1745 – d. Lisbon 1821).

 He was merchant at Lisbon and a distinguished member of the British Factory,  a partner of the Lisbon House of Evans, Offley, & Sealy, a firm linked by partnership to the Offley firms in London and Porto. He married Elizabeth Baldwin (b. ?- d. 2.09.1811, at Lisbon.)

When in the autumn of 1807, British merchants were ordered to leave the country due to French preassures, Captain Mac Kinley, R.N. played an important role, as senior officer on the Lisbon station, in protecting the property of the British Factory members and bringing them safely aboard British vessels. Among the merchants who afterwards presented Cap. Mc Kinley with a gift was Mr. Richard Sealy.

He had at least two children: George Timothy Sealy, (Lisbon, 07.09.1781) and Mary Harriet Sealy, (Lisbon, 1.02.1784 – d. 29.06.1811).

His son George married in 5.11.1809, Sophia eldest daughter of George Roach Esq., of Liverpool and of Lisbon, who died at Lima, Peru in 16.07.1835. George Sealy was British Vice-Consul at Lima, Peru. He was established by 1820’s in Brazil with a firm Sealy & Co which was dissolved in 1826.

Mary Harriet Sealy in turn, married in 17.05.1809, at Saint George, Liverpool, Dr. Henry Herbert Southey MD (Edinburgh), FRCP (London), FRS, Honorary DCL (Oxford) in 1847, b. Bristol 18.01.1784, the younger son of Robert Southey, a linen draper, (c. 1745 – c. 1792) and his wife (m. 25.9.1772), Margaret Hill (b. c. 1752 in Somerset, died 5.1.1802 in London). He was the younger brother of the famous poet Robert Southey born 12.8.1774, who refers Richard Sealey, his brother's father-in-law in some of his letters.

Of Richard Sealey two different bookplates are known in Portuguese collections(both NIF).
The one, that seems to be the oldest - in oval shape (see above) - was first published by the collector Jaime Augusto Moura, in the «Archivo Nacional de Ex-Libris», I vol. nº 5, December, 1927, pp. 83-84, referring also the second bookplate which had been previously revealed by another famous collector and writer Col. Henrique de Campos Ferreira Lima, in the earlier «Revista de Ex-Líbris Portugueses», vol. II, p. 135.

But as it usually occurred in those days, little information was given on the bookplate owner, apart from being a British merchant.
The British armorials do not give arms to this gentleman or family which is not at all anormal, since many commoners adopted arms of a given surname without registering then at the College of Arms.
Having lived so long in Portugal it is natural that his bookplates, although not very common, appear in Portuguese bookplate collections.

Superlibros of Lord Charles Stuart of Rothesay

Reviewed August 2012

Charles Stuart, GCB, PC, GCTS (1779-1845)
1st Baron Stuart of Rothesay (cr. 1828) and Count of Machico (1825) and Marquess of Angra do Heroismo, in Portugal.
For his portrait in fine robes when he was Ambassador to France see,
The son of Lieut.-General Sir Charles Chrichton-Stuart, KB, who commanded a batallion of the 37th Regiment of Foot during the War of the American Revolution, and grandson of John Stuart, KG, 3rd Earl of Bute. His mother was Lady Anne Louisa Bertie, daughter of Lord Vere Bertie.
Lord Stuart of Rothesay married Lady Elizabeth Margaret Yorke, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Hardwicke and had two daughters.
Minister at the Hague (1815), Ambassador to France (1815-24 and 1828-30), Envoy to Portugal (1810), Ambassador to St. Petersburg (1841-45), Ambassador to Portugal (1825-26) and a member of the Regency of Portugal during the Peninsular Wars.
In 1823, acting as a mediator, he was sent as an Ambassador of King John VI of Portugal to Brazil to negotiate the independence and on behalf of George Canning, to assure a new trade agreement with the Empire of Brazil favourable to British interests.
Later, after John VI's death in 1826, he went again to Brazil and brought to Portugal the Constitutional Chart given by the new king Dom Pedro IV together with his abdication on his daughter Mary who was to marry her uncle D. Miguel, the ultras leader, then in exile in Austria.
This however did not settle the dynastic dispute, since his younger brother Dom Miguel was acclaimed king in 1828, giving rise to a civil war- known to British authors as the 'War of the Two Brothers' - which lasted till 1834.
He was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Tower and of the Sword in 1812.
Lord Stuart of Rothesay fullfilled his life dream of reacquring his grandfather's estate - Highcliffe - and built a new house - Highcliffe Castle , Hampshire, in the Gothic revival style.
For his earlier house - Bure Homage see,

His library, like so many others, was sold in an auction in London in 1855, of which a Catalogue was printed.
Fortunately enough, two XIXth century well-knonw Portuguese bibliophiles bought many books at the auction of Sir Charles Stuart of Rothesay's Library, in 1855: the Count of Lavradio and Mr. João da Guerra Rebelo Fontoura, a wine merchant in London. The latter was married 2ndly, to Cecilia Eleanor Canning. Both these libraries were in turn later dispersed at auction sales, Fontoura's having been sold in Leipzig, by Mssrs. Karl W. Hiersemann, in 1899 (cf. Luís de Bivar Guerra, «A biblioteca de Lord Stuart de Rothesay núcleo de duas importantes livrarias portuguesas», pp. 120-123).
Lord Stuart of Rothesay also used another superlibros (a crest with motto) on the bindings of his books (see, example from a book at St. John's College, Cambridge -
Part of his papers with important correspondance have left Europe and are at the Andersen Library, University of Minnesota (see, and at Lilly Library (see, An important collection of maps his at the Univ. of California, Los Angeles (see,

Lord Stuart used in his books bindings a superlibros described below.

Arms: Stuart of Rothesay
Motto: «Avito Viret Honor», «Nobilis Ira»

Monday, 11 June 2012

John Peter Hornung

John Peter Hornung (1862- 1940), of West Grinstead Park
He was one of the eight children the Hungarian-born John Peter Hornung (1821-1886) who having come to Britain became a very wealthy iron, coal and timber merchant, m. to Harriet, née Armstrong.
John Peter Hornung founded in 1890 with a small group of investors, a company to explore the vast plantations of sugar cane they had in Mozambique - Companhia do Açucar de Moçambique. Expanding the business J. P. Hornung then decided to build a sugar refinery plant in Lisbon, at Alcântara – Refinaria Colonial - which was opened by King Emmanuel II and his uncle the Duke of Oporto, in March, 12th, 1909.
In 1920, the company became the Sena Sugar Estates Ltd.
Apart from being a sugar magnate, John Peter Hornung purchased the manor of West Grinstead and the manor house, West Grinstead Park, from Sir Merrik Burrell in 1913 and having a keen interest in horse breeding and racing took over bloodstock and racing stables at Woodland and Green Lodge, Newmarket, in 1924 and also started a stud for breeding race horses at Park Farm, the home farm of the West Grinstead Park Estate. The stud was run by J. P. Hornung, with his two sons, Colonel Charles Bernard Raphael Hornung of Ivory's Farm, West and  Captain George Hornung, of West Grinstead Lodge.
John Peter Hornung had an armorial bookplate, probably of German origin, with crest and motto - Fac et Spera. (NIF)
‘West Grinstead: Manors and other estates', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 2: Bramber Rape (North-Western Part) including Horsham (1986), pp. 89-94. URL: (Date accessed: 11 June 2012).
Bertha Mary Collin. J. P. Hornung, a family portrait. A Memoir : Orpington Press Ltd (1971)

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Edward Micholls Henriques (1837 - 1901)

Edward Micholls Henriques (1837 - 1901), of Manchester

Of a distinguished sephardite Jewish Family, the son of David Quixano HENRIQUES, (b. 13 May 1804, Jamaica, d. 06 Mar 1870, London) and Rebecca MICHOLLS [Rebkah b Menachem b. Naftali] 1814 – 1880, daughter of Edward Emanuel Micholls, (b. 4 Jun 1775, d. 12 Dec 1844, Brighton), and Rosetta Lucas, (b. 1789, Kingston,  Jamaica, d. 30 Dec 1863, London).

David Q. Henriques was for some years Treasurer of the West London Synagogue of British Jews. The family of Henriques fled from Spain to Jamaica during the persecutions at the close of the 15th century. At a later period many of them settled in America. The Quixano family from whom Mr. Henriques was also descended, were originally Cohens. A merchant at Jamaica in partnership with his brother also trading at London under style of D. Q. Henriques & Brothers (David Quixano Henriques, Jacob Quixano Henriques, Arthur Quixano Henriques, Edward Micholls Henriques).

Julius Graf von Falkenhayn

Julius Graf von Falkenhayn (1829 - 1899)

He was an Austrian politician (Minister of Agriculture in 1879) and courtier, the son of General Eugen Graf von Falkenhayn (1792-1853) and of his wife Countess Caroline Colloredo-Wallsee (1802-1835).
Sources: Karl Emich Graf zu Leiningen-Westerburg. German Book-plates - An Illustrated Handbook of German & Austrian Exlibris, London, George Bell & Sons, 1901

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Capt. Nevill, R.N.


Captain Hon. Ralph Nevill, R.N., styled Viscount Nevill (b. 21 Dec 1786; - 20 May 1826)

He was the second son of Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of Abergavenny, KT (1755-1843) and his wife Mary Robinson (d. 26 Oct 1796), only child of John Robinson MP, of of Sion Hill and Wyke House, co. Middlesex, Secretary to the Treasury, by his wife Mary Crowe, of Barbados. Married 2 Feb 1813 Mary Anne Elcock (d. 6 Jun 1828), dau. of Bruce Elcock, of Chelsea, London

Styled Viscount Nevill, after the premature death of his elder brother Henry Goeorge Nevill, in April 1806, when he became heir apparent to his father, but died at Boulogne-sur-Mer, in 1826, before his father.
He served on H.M.S. Victory in the Battle of Trafalgar, and in 1806 he was a Lieutenant on board Admiral Lord Collingwood's Flag ship. He obtained the rank of Captain in 1811, in the Royal Navy.
Arms: Gules, on a saltire, argent, a rose of the first, barbed and seeded proper.

Crest: In a ducal coronet or, a bull's head, argent pied sable, armed of the first and charged on the neck with a rose gules
Motto: Ne vile velis

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Emmanuel-Armand de Vignerot du Plessis de Richelieu, duc d'Aiguillon

L'ex-libris du duc avec ses armes ayant pendant de l'écu les colliers des Ordres du Roi, dont il était chevalier depuis 1756
Emmanuel-Armand de Vignerot du Plessis de Richelieu, duc d'Aiguillon (31 Juillet 1720 – 1782)

Comte d'Agénois et de Condomois puis duc d'Agénois et duc d'Aiguillon, pair de France (1740), lieutenant général des armées du Roi, commandant en chef en Bretagne, ministre et secrétaire d'État des Affaires étrangères et de la Guerre (1771-74). Chevalier des Ordres du Roi (Versailles, 2 février 1756).
Fils d'Armand Louis de Vignerot du Plessis (1683-1750), duc d'Aiguillon et arrière-petit-neveu du cardinal de Richelieu, et d'Anne Charlotte de Crussol de Florensac (1700-1772). 
Mousquetaire le 11 Mai 1737, Lieutenant en second au Régiment du Roi le 26 Mai 1738, Colonel du Régiment de Brie,à 19 ans, par Commission du 6 Mai 1739. Duc, sur la démission de son père, le 14 Janvier 1740, appellé le Duc d’Agenois. 
Il servit à la tête de son Régiment à  l' armée envoyée en Bavière au mois de Mars 1742, sous les ordres du Duc d’ Harcourt, puis du Comte de Saxe pendant la Guerre de Succession d'Autriche; concourut à la défense d Eggenfeld sous les ordres du Prince de Conti, en 1743 ; passa en Italie au mois de Février 1744 ; reçut une blessure considérable à l’attaque du Château Dauphin la même année; fut fait Brigadier le 1 Avril 1745 ; prisonnier de guerre avec toute la garnison d’Asti le 4 Mars 1746 ; échangé au mois de Juin 1747, il passa le 22 Août à Gènes sous les ordres du Duc de Richelieu, et contribua à la défense de cette place.
Fut fait Maréchal de Camp le 1 Janvier 1748 ; aggrégé au Corps des Nobles Génois et inscrit dans le Livre d’or le 1 7 octobre suivant. 
À la mort de son père arrivée le 31 Janvier 1750 il prit le titre de Duc d Aiguillon obtint le Gouvernement de la Fere, par Provisions du 12 Février ; prêta serment au Parlement comme Pair, le 3 Septembre suivant et a été nommé Lieutenant Général au Comté Nantois, par Provisions données à Versailles le 10 Avril et le 20 suivant a obtenu le Commandement en chef de la Province de Bretagne (1753-1768).
Louis XV l'a nommé Chevalier des Ordres du Roi le 1 Janvier 1756.

“Combat de Saint Cast gagné sur les Anglais par les troupes françaises commandées par Monseigneur le duc d'Aiguillon” en 1758, d'après une gravure d'Ozanne, 1758-59, Paris, BNF Gallica
Lieutenant Général des Armées le 1 Mai 1758, il doit se battre contre les Britanniques qui tentent un débarquement et défend victorieusement Saint-Malo en juin 1758, et il bat néanmoins les Anglais qui ont débarqué, lors de la bataille de Saint-Cast et leur tua environ 3.000 hommes, en fit 800 prisonniers, et l’artillerie leur coula à fond trois barques chargées de soldats. Comme Gouverneur de Bretagne - pays cieux de ses priviléges et libertés - il se rend vite impopulaire par son opposition aux états provinciaux pour leurs imposer les impositions royales en 1758, entrant en conflit avec le Parlement de Bretagne en 1762, qui l'accuse deux ans aprés d'abus de pouvoir.

Il ne tarde pas à se rendre très impopulaire dans un pays d'état qui jouit de nombreux privilèges ou « libertés ». Il s'oppose aux états provinciaux pour leur imposer les impositions royales en 1758 et entre en conflit avec le Parlement de Bretagne en 1762. En juin 1764, sur les instances de d'Aiguillon, le Roi annule un arrêt du Parlement interdisant de lever de nouveaux impôts sans le consentement des états et refuse d'entendre les remontrances du Parlement. 

 En considération de ses services, le Roi lui a accordé au mois de Décembre 1761 les entrées de sa Chambre et le 1 Mars 1762, la charge de Gouverneur et Lieutenant Général de la Province d Alsace. Puis, en 1769, il est nommé Capitaine Lieutenant des Chevaux Légers de la Garde du Roi. 

Le Duc d Aiguillon a été Ministre des Affaires Etrangères et a fait pendant quelques mois  les fonctions de Ministre de la Guerre après la retraite de M. de Montainard. Pendant son mandat il a appuié les démarches de l'Espagne et de Naples auprès de Clément XIV pour obtenir la suppression des Jésuites, décidée le 21 juillet 1773 par le bref Dominus ac redemptor et il a négocié la restitution au Saint-Siège d'Avignon et du Comtat Venaissin, qui est acceptée par lettres patentes de Louis XV du 10 avril 1774. Le duc a aussi étè l’agent d'un timide rapprochement franco-britannique. 

Il se marie en 1740 avec Louise Félicité de Brehan (1726-1796), fille de Louis Robert Hippolite de Bréhan, appellé le Comte de Plelo, Ambassadeur de France en Danemarck  tué en dirigeant l'offensive contre le siège de Dantzig, et de Louise-Françoise Phélypeaux de La Vrillière, qui avait été Dame du Palais de la Reine en 1748.

Wikipéedia - Blason du duc d'Aiguillon, musée Paul-Dupuy à Toulouse 


  • La Chesnaye-Desbois, Dictionnaire de la noblesse, 2e édition, tome 11, Paris, Boudet, 1776, pp. 367-368 [lire en ligne].
  • Lucien Laugier, Le duc d’Aiguillon, Paris, Albatros, 1984, 300 p.
  • Alain Paraillous, Le duc d'Aiguillon (1720-1788), Editions Sud Ouest, 2010.
  • G. Meyer-Noirel // J Laget. Répertoire général des ex-libris français : des origines à l'époque moderne, 1496-192019 vols., [1983-2010], V0249

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Dom Telmo José de Bragança (1925-1985) - Bookplates


Jaroslav Kaiser (Czech Rep.)
«Russian-American Common Space Flight». Lythography (L), 4 colours. 1976

Jaroslav Kaiser (Czech Rep.)
Lythography (L), 4 colours. 1976

Jaroslav Kaiser (Czech Rep.)
«Quasar». Combined Technique. 3 colours. 1977
Bénard Guedes, pinxit / Paes Ferreira, sculp. (Portugal)
«Shiva». Steel engraving (C 1). 1976

Paes Ferreira, sculp. (Portugal)
«Olisipo». After an engraving by H. Wolgemut / W. Pleydenwurff from the «Liberchronicarum», 1493. Steel engraving (C 1). 1976

Isaías Peixoto, sculp. (Portugal)
«O the Roast Beef of Old England». After an engraving by William Hogarth. Steel engraving (C 1). 1978

André Gastmans (Belgium)
«The eight virtues of Taoism». Copper engraving (C 2). 1978
A. Leite, fecit (Portugal) / P. Sampedro, sculp. (Spain)
«Yang & Ying». Albert Einstein & A. Schweitzer. Steel engraving (C 1). Two colours. 1979

Paes Ferreira (Portugal)
«H.M. Queen Elizabeth II». After an original from Almada Negreiros (1957). Copper engraving (C2). 1982
Paes Ferreira (Portugal)
«Nectar & Ambrosia». After an original by Câmara Leme. Copper engraving (C 2). 1980.

Berrocal, del. / J. Terriza, sculp. (Spain)
«David». After an original by Berrocal. Steel engraving in relief
Aulo-Gélio (Portugal)
«Ballerina Jillana Zimmermann». After a photography by Telmo de Bragança. Adapted and painted by Aulo-Gélio. Offset (P7), in colour. 1977
Aulo-Gélio (Portugal)
«Prima-Ballerina Yvette Chauvirée». After a photography by Telmo de Bragança. Adapted and painted by Aulo-Gélio. Offset (P7), in colour. 1977
A. Kalaschnikow (Russia)
Opus #548. Wood engraving (X 2). 1980
Béla Petry (Hungary / USA)
«Fernão de Magalhães». Line block (P 2). Two colours. 1985



Alexander De Riquer

Alexandre de Riquer i Ynglada, VII Conde de Casa Dávalos (1856-19209

My Bookplates

Heraldic Bookplates

Aulo-Gélo, pinxit (Portugal)
Armorial achievement. Printed in offset (P 7). 7 colours after an watercolur. 1976.

Paes Ferreira (Portugal)
Arms and crest. Copper engraving (C 2). 1980.

Prof. Béla Petry (Hungary / USA)
Armorial achievement. Line block (P 2). 1981.

S. Ramires Pinto (Portugal)
Armorial. Opus #60. Lino cut (X 3), printed in brown paper. 1981.
S. Ramires Pinto (Portugal)
Armorial. Opus #62. Lino cut (X 3), printed in light blue paper. 1981.


Jaroslav Kaiser (Czech Rep.)
Executed in Combined Technique in 3 colours. 1976

Ernesto Guffanti (Italy)
Combined technique: etching and drypoint (C 3 / C 4). Opus # 137. 1978

Dusan Janousek (Czech Rep.)
Wood engraving (X 2) 2 colours. 1977.

Martin Maqueda, del. (Spain) / Paes Ferreira, sculp. (Portugal)
Bull-fighting. Copper engraving (C 2). 1978.

Paes Ferreira (Portugal)
Gastronomy and Wines. Based on an original pencil drawing by Câmara Leme, adapted by the engraver. Copper engraving (C 2). 1981.

Prof. Béla Petry (Hungary/USA)
«Taurus from Knossos» for the Archeology books. Line block (P 2). 1981.
Prof. Béla Petry (Hungary/USA)
For the miniature books. Printed in line block (P 2). 1982.
Prof. Hasip PEKTAS (Turkey)
CGD (2006)

 Prof. Hasip PEKTAS (Turkey)
CGD (2006)

 Marina Terauds  (Latvia/USA)
(op. 162), C3 (2005)

Plamena Doycheva, (Bulg)
The Four Elements - opus 17 - C3/5, 2008
X - Relief Printing Intaglio printing Phtomecahnical reproduction Other techs.
X 1 - Woodcut
X 2 - Wood engraving
X 3 - Lino cut
X 4 - Lead engraving
X 5 - Zinc engraving
C 1 - Steel engraving
C 2 - Copper engraving
C 3 - Etching
C 4 - Drypoint
C 5 - Aquatinte
C 6 - Vernis mou
C 7 - Mezzatinta
P 1 - Photographic reproduction
P 2 - Line block
P 3 - Heliogravaure/Cliché
P 4 - Intaglio
P 5 - Collotypie
P 6 - Phtolithography
P 7 - Offset
P 8 - Photography
CGD - Computer graphic design
L - Lithography
S - Silk screen
T - Typographic

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