January 10, 2015 in 

An ex-libris is a bookplate used to identify ownership of a book. At its core, an ex-libris consists of its owner’s name; more elaborate variants may include their spouse/children’s/other relatives’ names and any crest, motto, or other device identifying them as its rightful holder.

Many bookplates are decorative, while some provide important information about a book’s provenance and previous owner(s). An ex-libris may indicate that an ex-libris was once part of a famous person’s library or can also track its movement over time.

“Ex-libris” is Latin for “from the books.” It can be used as a noun and adjective – for instance, “ex-libris books” and “ex-libris bindings.”

An ex-libris is a bookplate placed inside the front cover to identify who owns a book, usually including their name and often including an inscription or motto that denotes ownership.

Ex-libris (bookplates) have been used since the medieval era to indicate ownership of books. Bookplates were commonly used during early printing methods to identify who printed each book; today, however, they serve more as a personal way to mark ownership while adding an aesthetic element to collections – though these embellishments aren’t necessary, ex-libris are an easy way to personalize a collection! While not necessary for success, adding ex-libris to collections makes a personalized reading experience.

History has long documented using ex-libris bookplates to distinguish ownership of books and add a personal touch to libraries. Today, these elegant bookplates remain highly sought-after by book lovers and collectors and come in various designs and styles that cater to classic and modern aesthetics. Why not add some personality to your bookshelves with ex-libris today?

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CJ McDaniel

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!

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