The Ecole Normal Laval was situated in Quebec City at the location of the old residence of the British Governor of the province of Quebec, Sir Frederick Haldimand (1718-1791). He had originally built here opposite the old Castle Saint-Louis in the late eighteen century, but this building was later destroyed by fire in 1834. It was replaced soon after with a terrace, and then in 1837, with a new building that housed a teacher training school. This later became the Ecole Normale Laval. In 1969, it merged with the Jesuit College to become the new Collège François-Xavier-Garneau.
|Ecole Normale Laval c.1900|
Unfortunately, I don't know much else about the prize recipient at present and the scrappy old book from which the plate came didn't offer any further clues. Nevertheless, I still think prize and decorative bookplates are an interesting sub-genre of the hobby and shouldn't be overlooked. After all, for someone over a century ago, this ex libris held a very special significance.