Navy Department Library Bookplate

The Navy Department Library's book plate was designed in 1906 by Adolf C. Ruebsam, an engraver with the Navy's Hydrographic Office. The eagle symbolizes US sovereignty; the anchor represents the US Navy and hope; the frigate USS Constitution is a reference to naval victories; the shell represents the deep sea; and Neptune (Poseidon, god of the sea) and a nereid (one of 50 sea nymphs that were helpful to sailors) originate in ancient Greek mythology.

Navy Department Library bookplate.