Brown, John Carter (1797 -1874)

John Carter Brown, founder of the John Carter Brown Library, was the youngest son of Nicholas Brown, and Ann, daughter of John Carter, the second printer of Providence, Rhode Island. He went into the family business, and at the same time started collecting books. At first he collected Aldines, early editions of the classics, polyglot Bibles, and extra illustrated books, but later turned to American printing. His gifts of books, buildings and land to Brown University, which had been founded by his father, culminated in the building of the new University Library. He married, 23 June 1859, Sophia Augusta, daughter of the Hon. Patrick Brown, member of Council and associate justice of the General Court of the Bahama Islands. His widow transferred the title of the John Carter Brown collection to her elder son John Nicholas Brown, who left it to Brown University, with an endowment fund of $500,000, and a sum for the erection of a special building to house it.

Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Title: Brown, John Carter (1797 - 1874) (Stamp 1)
Crest: A griffin's head erased
Motto: Gaudeo
Dimensions (height x width): 23mm x 17mm
Heraldic Charges: griffin's head
Title: Brown, John Carter (1797 - 1874) (Stamp 2)
Dimensions (height x width): 24mm x 48mm
Monogram: J C B
Title: Brown, John Carter (1797 - 1874) (Stamp 3)
Dimensions (height x width): 47mm x 95mm
Monogram: J C B
Title: Brown, John Carter (1797 - 1874) (Stamp 5)
Crest: An eagle’s head erased
Motto: Gaudeo
Dimensions (height x width): 31mm x 18mm
Monogram: J C B
Heraldic Charges: eagle's head
Title: Brown, John Carter (1797 - 1874) (Stamp 6)
Crest: An eagle’s head erased holding in its beak a wing
Motto: Gaudeo
Dimensions (height x width): 29mm x 18mm
Heraldic Charges: eagle's head, Heraldic Charges: wing
Title: Brown, John Carter (1797 - 1874) (Stamp 7)
Arms: A chevron between three lion’s gambs on a chief an eagle displayed
Crest: An eagle’s head erased holding in its beak a wing
Motto: Gaudeo
Helmet: Esquire
Dimensions (height x width): 55mm x 41mm
Heraldic Charges: chevron between, Heraldic Charges: chief on a, Heraldic Charges: eagle's head, Heraldic Charges: lions feet (3), Heraldic Charges: wing
Title: Brown, John Carter (1797 - 1874) (Stamp ro011)
Arms: Gules a chevron between three lion’s gambs on a chief an eagle displayed
Crest: An eagle’s head erased holding in its beak a wing
Motto: Gaudeo
Helmet: Esquire
Dimensions (height x width): 105mm x 52mm
Heraldic Charges: chevron between, Heraldic Charges: chief on a, Heraldic Charges: eagle displayed, Heraldic Charges: lions feet (3)