Vintage Bookplates

For the past few weeks I have been working on sorting through some of my family papers. We have a lot, which is why it has taken me a few weeks just to get through a few boxes. This week though I stumbled across a treasure: an extra bookplate from my great grandfather’s library!

Now I am a sucker for good vintage design, and bookplates are a great way to add an extra detail to books used in film or commercial shoots. Not only does it make the book more personal, but since the designs used in bookplates have changed with the shifting history of design, it can also help to identify the age of the book or the time period that you are designing for. Here are a few examples below. You can find more images at the Pratt Libraries Ex Libris Collection on Flicker.

The First Bookplate. Image provided by
Sir John Forrest, was the first premier of Western Australia’s. Design by Allan Wyon (1843-1907) from about 1900. Image Provided by Wikipedia
An Art Nouveau Book Plate - Image provided by “Ex-Libris: Vintage Bookplate Collection”
These bookplates were designed by Amy Sacker who worked during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Image provided by
Celebrity Bookplates- Image provided by
Design by George Auriol (1863-1938) Image provided by the Pratt Libraries
Image Provided by Pratt Libraries

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