ATG Quirkies: Branding your collection with personal bookplates

Bookplate of ornithologist & bookplate collector Ruthven Deane, hand-colored by Mrs. Frank S. Hatch, engraved by Sidney Lawton Smith (1924) (via Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Bookplate of ornithologist & bookplate collector Ruthven Deane,…  (via Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

In a fascinating pieceAllison Meier reminds us of a more refined time – a time when people regularly used bookplates as “a deeply personal brand for their home library.”  

Ms. Meier describes the Library of Congress‘ “Bookplate Challenge”, a Flickr album of 25 bookplates, that was “selected from the 14,000 bookplates in the Ruthven Deane Collection.” The album includes “famed names like actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin (Tramp shoes visible in the foreground), artist Frederic Remington (who selected a cow skull), and author Jack London (who chose a wolf), as well as lesser-known individuals who still wanted to give their books a personal fare.”

As one views these bookplates it’s easy to see why they have become collectible in their own right.  So spend a little time looking them over and be prepared to be surprised and impressed.


Learn More

Bookplates and bookplate collections described in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog,

Citations for publications about bookplates in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.


 

( The source of all ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)

 

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