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?