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!

Art Deco Ex Libris by Lynd Ward

Lynd Ward bookplate

This striking Art Deco bookplate entitled “Creation” and used by a certain David Adams is by Chicago-born Lynd Ward (1905 – 1985), the American artist and illustrator best known for his wood engraving and his work in launching the graphic novel in the United States. Continue reading

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Focus on Thomas Moring, engraver and heraldic artist

Book Plate with monogram and heart with figure and scroll.

Thomas Moring, a 19th century “die-sinker, gem engraver, heraldic artist and seal engraver” was known to have been active from 1840 to 1900, appearing in records at an address in Lincoln’s Inn Fields and then later in High Holbern. The engraver also seems to have been a prolific ex libris artist 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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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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