Welcome to Ex Libris Art

...the home of ex libris bookplates and other rare and collectible booklabels.

Bookplates and ex libris are rightly admired today as miniature works of art allowing collectors to build an affordable collection of original and often signed art works in a variety of print techniques such as etching, woodblock, intaglio and aquatint.

Other ex libris collectors look at book ownership rather than the artist who created the bookplate - for example, an ex libris from the personal books of Charlie Chaplin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Charles Dickens.

Whatever your own specialization, this website is a place to share our love of ex libris through images and historical articles. It has also been designed to help you track down items available online for your own collection, such as heraldic ex libris with personalized coats-of-arms, ex libris designed by artists and typographers, or bookplates of famous writers, collectors and even celebrities.

Browse through the large assortment of antique, modern and contemporary ex-libris in the auction listings of ex libris bookplates for sale and if you can't find what you're looking for please use the search function in the menu bar...enjoy your visit!

Focus on Bookplate Artist E. B. Bird

Studio Library

At the beginning of the last century the Boston-based publisher Troutsdale Press published several small volumes on the work of bookplate artists of the day including a 1904 study of the work of Elisha Brown Bird (1867-1943) in ‘E. B. Bird and his Bookplates’ by Winfred Porter Truesdell. Continue reading

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Ex Libris Linocut by Jana Krejčová

Ex Libris by Jana Krejcova

This delightful colour linocut ex libris is by the renowned Czech graphic designer and bookplate artist Jana Krejčová. Signed and dated 1987 by the artist in pencil just below the design, the reverse carries the studio stamp and the technique identification code (X3) for linocut prints. Continue reading

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Ex Libris of Famous American Historical Figures

Jack London

Whilst not all the famous names – “authors, poets, statesmen, theologians, orators, financiers and educationalists” – listed in Clifford N. Carver’s 1911 book celebrating the ‘Book-Plates of Well-Known Americans’ may be household names today, the text is still a fascinating source of interest to the modern ex libris collector and an excellent illustrated catalogue of bookplate design. Continue reading

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A Guide to the Various Types of Ex Libris

Samuel Pepys - Portrait Ex Libris

One of the most interesting examples of a portrait bookplate is that of Samuel Pepys, the famous Diarist. The plate, which was engraved by Robert White after one of the portraits by Sir Godfrey Kneller, seems to have been originally used as a frontispiece for Memoirs of the Navy which the owner privately printed in 1690. Continue reading

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