Identifying the Printing Technique – Ex Libris Abbreviations

The International Federation of Societies of Lovers of Ex Libris – F.I.S.A.E. (Federation Internationale des Societes d’Amateurs d’Ex Libris) was founded in 1953. Over the years it has established an international standard for the labeling of bookplates that will help ex libris collectors identify the printmaking process used in the creation of the plate through a series of abbreviated codes that are often written in pencil on the reverse of the ex libris. Intaglio printing techniques – Original C – … 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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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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