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oct. 4, 2014, 11:12am

I know there are no rules for such a thing but _ _ _
How many people in LibraryThing use or better still use it ?
Which rules should one stick to, when disgnig one?
Is there in the internet a site helping to create one ?
I know there comercial ones, but that was not the ideia.....
Why not some kind of a"Library Thing Bookplate"??

oct. 4, 2014, 12:12pm

Good idea!

Do you know that Dover Books has several collections of bookplates that come with a CD filled with the designs?

A Treasury of Bookplates from the Renaissance to the Present is the one I have.

I'm a complete sucker for illustration.

oct. 4, 2014, 1:19pm

I did a blog post last year on creating a bookplate for my own library:

But the authority on bookplates is the bookplate maven, Lew Jaffe:

oct. 17, 2014, 4:38pm

It's funny, when collecting books I like to find an old book plate and try to find out something about the past owner. Yet, I don't wish to put one in myself. I've often said that book collecting places the owner in the role of "temporary custodian". As such, the key is to preserve that book for the next person who will appreciate it next year or in a couple decades. I have also heard it said that no book repair should be irreversible. For a book plate, that would suggest something that could be removed without a trace if desired.

I know in the late-19th and early-20th centuries it was fairly common for people to collect and create artistic book plates. I even have a single-title mystery written by a series book author, Agnes Miller, called The Colfax Book-Plate. It was an interesting read and falls under the bibliomystery genre in my view.


oct. 18, 2014, 9:18am

I don't use bookplates, but I do like them in books to see where the book has been. I recently acquired a book with 4 prior owners listed along with their addresses. Of course, I had to add a fifth.

oct. 23, 2014, 4:37pm

Search them on Pinterest. Wow!!

feb. 26, 2015, 12:23am

I definitely use bookplates, because I loan out my books all the time. I am a teacher, the kind that lugs a backpack full of books to class, a different collection every day. I want the kids or my colleagues to get excited about a book and clamor for it. I also want it back, some day.

I catalogued my library some years ago but it has morphed as my kids have grown and moved away, and my LibraryThing membership apparently expired. So I'm starting over, first cataloguing the newer acquisitions. For book plates, I take a photo from iPhoto, stick an "ex libris" on it, and print out 16, which is 4 pages worth. This is a manageable amount to catalogue in a week. Plus, my bookplates are pretty.


maig 1, 2015, 11:03am

Nice ex-libris/bookplates on your blog...
also a very good ideia, am I allowded to steal the technique ??