Bookplates, also known by the term ex-libris, evolved over centuries from simple inscriptions to printed woodcuts to an artistic medium that has attracted world-class artists and illustrators. Bookplate mania in America and England peaked from 1890 to about 1920.

Bookplates are highly collectible (although there's some debate about removing them from vintage books), and many collectors focus on specialized topics or themes. These can range from era (e.g. 18th or 19th centuries) to subjects portrayed (e.g. professions, activities, animals, nature), to associations with famous people, places and institutions (e.g. coats of arms, signed plates), and designs or artistic merit.


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Bookplate Junkie

Bookplate Junkie

Lewis Jaffe's homage to the bookplate. Lots of scrolling, but worth it for the great scans, plus commentary on a wi… [read review or visit site]

Gallery of Book Trade Labels

Gallery of Book Trade Labels

Greg Kindall's collection of over 2100 colorful and historic book labels, pasted into books by publishers, printers… [read review or visit site]

Google Book Search

Google Book Search

Want to do one quick search and pull up the mother lode of vintage books? Try Google Book Search, a database filled… [read review or visit site]

Bookscans.com

Bookscans.com

Bruce Black's gallery of paperback book covers from the 1940s and 50s. With help from numerous contributors, he's a… [read review or visit site]



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1768: Card Tricks/ Magic- A Book From Houdini's Library With His BookplateAntique Frances Delehanty Bookplate Pencil Drawing, Brookhaven Long Island NyArt Nouveau Bookplate Exlibris English Artist Robert Anning Bell 1904Art Nouveau Bookplate Exlibris By English Artist Celia Levatus C.1900Alfons Mucha - Original Ex Libris 1910 - Art NouveauEx Libris Bookpl Jugendstil-motive & Flowers By TriadoArt Nouveau Bookplate Exlibris By British Artist Joseph W. Simpson C.1900Irena Sibley Bookplate Charles Blackman Charlie Loves Alice In WonderlandArt Nouveau Bookplate Exlibris By British Artist Edward Henry Gordon Craig 1899Art Nouveau Woodcut Bookplate Exlibris Scottish Artist James Guthrie C.1900Art Nouveau Bookplate Exlibris By English Artist Celia Levatus C.1898Dusan Kallay -- Ex Libris -- "angel And Man"Irena Sibley Bookplate Charles Blackman Alice In Wonderland Alice & GryphonV Zuev -- Ex Libris -- "angel"Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 469Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 467Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 478D. A. Souter Ex Libris Bookplate For Percy Neville BarnettArt Nouveau Woodcut Bookplate Exlibris Scottish Artist James Guthrie C.1900Exlibris Etching By Konstantin KalinovichEtching By Konstantin Kalinovich, No ExlibrisYuriy Nozdrin -- Ex Libris -- "women"Antique Bookplate Pencil Drawing, Louisa Wells Post, Brookhaven Long Island NySouthwest Museum Ex Libris Bookplates For Grant JacksonEx Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 461Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 465Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 468Istvan Drahos Holz 1965 - Bookplate Exlibris Ex Libris Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 474R. Crumb Robert Fritz The Cat Turkish Press Comic Book, Signed Exlibris By CrumbMark Severin Ex Libris Bookplate Original Etching Cleopatra For Keith WingroveWilliam Edgar Fisher Pencil-signed Ex Libris Bookplate For William MclauchlanEx Libris Bookpl Men & Grape & Book By Ctibor StastnyEx Libris Bookpl Landscape By DobrovolskyEx Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 471Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 473 ElephantEx Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 472Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 470Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 479Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 462Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 464Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 475A. M. Mcgraw Ex Libris Bookplates For India NewtonEx Libris Bookplate For Katharine & Rudolph Stanley-brownSara Eugenia Blake Ex Libris Bookplate For Gina Louise ErcoliniSara Eugenia Blake Ex Libris Bookplate For Donna Louise ErcoliniNorman Lindsay Ex Libris Bookplate For Keith WingroveS.r.b. Ex Libris Bookplate For Fred Reed C1927American Society Of Bookplate Collectors & Designers Yearbook 1936American Society Of Bookplate Collectors & Designers Yearbook 1945-46American Society Of Bookplate Collectors & Designers Yearbook 1943-448 Antique Bookplate Exlibris 18th Century Nr L@@k Lot AEx Libris Bookpl Landscape & Mountain By Ctibor StastnyW. F. Hopson Ex Libris Bookplate For Edwin Burpee Goodell C1921Ex Libris By Frank Ivo Van Damme Op 476Ryoichi Murusawa Pencil-signed Ex Libris Bookplate In Japanese "geisha"Ex Libris Bookplate For Henry Emerson TuttleLynd Ward Ex Libris Bookplate For Dan Burne JonesWill Simmons Pencil-signed Ex Libris Bookplate For ElizabethHebrew Ex Libris Bookplate For Lean Mishkin Judaica