Bookplate Or Ex Libris

A simple or elaborately designed label used to indicate ownership, which is usually found pasted to the inside of the front cover of a book. Bookplates were used as early as 1516, but did not become popular in england, france, and germany until the 18th century. In america, they were not used before 1800 but have been fairly common since about 1840. Bookplates might be of artistic interest, or they may help to establish book’s provenance, the history of the previous owners.

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