The allusion was to Cooper's bookplate, a red serpent about a golden staff.
If there be a bookplate, soak it off, and when dry paste it inside the end cover.
He had a bookplate and he had also a coat of arms on his carriage-door.
Sentiment is seldom in place, but on a bookplate it is peculiarly odious.
His bookplate (Fig. 739) is one of the earliest Scottish dated plates.