In a fascinating piece, Allison Meier reminds us of a more refined time – a time when people regularly used bookplates as “a deeply personal brand for their home library.”
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.”the Library of Congress‘ “Bookplate Challenge”, a
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.
( The source of all ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)