Focus on Bookplate Artist E. B. Bird

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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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The Bookplate of Edgar Rice Burroughs featuring Tarzan

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Bookplate

The central figure in the bookplate represents Tarzan. He is holding the planet Mars, above which are two Martian satellites. These because of my Martian series of stories. Grasping his legs is one of the great apes, among which Tarzan was reared. In the background are characters from several of my other stories. Continue reading

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The Origins of Ex Libris

Hilprand Brandenburg

Time-honored custom seems to demand that elementary expositions of the nature and use of bookplates should open with an explanation of the early use of heraldry on bookplates. In olden times, the ability to read and write not being an accomplishment of the multitude, the bookowner would naturally choose an armorial achievement with which to mark his books because of the meaning it would convey to anyone who might find the book, whether he could read or not. Continue reading

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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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