ex libris

17 November, 2008 at 12:37 pm (art, work) (, , , )


I have been commissioned to create a series of bookplates, so I am casting about for direction.  My first thought was a book curse and I was irritated to see that the one curse included in the Wikipedia entry is not from an ancient book, but was made up as a joke less than 100 years ago.  It is funny though.

I love bookplates, small private works of art, I can see why people collect them.  As I understand it the group of people collecting world-wide is so small they pretty much all know each other.  I bought an old book recently and someone had carved the bookplate out of the front cover instead of steaming it off, maybe it was leather, apparently those are hard to remove.  I’ve made a few metal ones, etched on copper foil, for a friend.

*For those who didn’t see the comments to this post, Mr Jaffe, a collector for over thirty years, gave the link to his bookplate blog, which has many beautiful and interesting images: http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com/



  1. lew jaffe said,

    You might get some bookplate ideas from my bookplate blog
    Lew Jaffe

  2. blue-eyed crow said,

    Thank you for sending your address. I look forward to reading your blog – even with a quick glance I see that you have many beautiful images on there!

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