One of the more pleasant things about working in an old library is discovering a variety of wonderful bookplates in some of the books in the Library collection and in some of the books donated from personal collections. A bookplate is usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the inside front cover, to indicate its owner. The name of the owner usually follows an inscription such as “from the books of…” or “from the library of…”, or in Latin, ex libris…. Bookplates are important evidence for the provenance of books.
Bookplates are still popular today and there are even people who collect them, like a gallery of small artworks. Below are some found in books recently donated to our Library. To see more, simply put ‘bookplates’ in Google image search and see a wonderful assortment of various styles!