BOOKPLATES: The Art of This Century


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Ex Libris Chronicle

The Ex Libris Chronicle: The International Collector is an illustrated newsletter that includes fine essays on the subject and featured artists from around the world. Notices of events, exhibitions, lectures, exchanges, collections for sale. A must for any artist or collector in this field. The Chronicle reaches artists and collectors in over 50 nations.
The Ex Libris Chronicle: The International Collector is available in e-format or printed for collectors. We always use archival quality papers for the printed edition.

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Ex Libris Exchange

Traditionally ex libris collections are not purchased, but are built through the “exchange” of duplicate prints. On our NEW page you may post your bookplates for exchange. NO ITEMS FOR SALE, PLEASE.

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Bookplate of the Day

Michael McCurdy

Michael McCurdy is a popular American book illustrator and wood engraver. He has engraved bookplates for a wide variety of clients--both institutions & individuals. McCurdy is a member of Boston’s distinguished Society of Printers.

Art of This Century Gallery

The Art of This Century Gallery is a compilation of ex libris artists from around the world. The gallery offers short biographies of the artists and images of their art.

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That’s "HIS BOOK!"

Ever design a bookplate?  Paste one into your books?  Thinking about personal marks of ownership?  Time to get acquainted! For nearly a century, the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (ASBC&D) unites "ex libris" artists and collectors.

Our international network provides the highest visibility for your artwork and essays. Through publications, competitions, exhibitions, conferences, and the internet.  LOOK!

— James P Keenan,

Bookplate by Lionel Lindsay, Australia (1874-1961)


When television sets first become available to the general public in the late 1940s there were a number of silent films shown because there just was not enough original content to feed the TV monster. I was hooked on those early silent flicks and to this day I actively purchase silent film star bookplates.

Morris Ankrum

Not every bookplate I will include is from the library of a silent film star. Some of these entertainers had long careers and some were not even in silent films but many started in silent films.

Digital Metamorphoses

Krzysztof Marek Bąk is a Polish graphic artist born in 1977. He is one of the most notable visual artists of his country. His work focuses on the computer design, a technique he has worked with for two decades. Bak also teaches as a professor of digital art at the Silesian University in Katowice. For almost 3 years now he has been designing bookplates and given his distinctive style and diverse content, many collectors have shown great interest with a positive response.

Krzysztof Bak comes from a working-class background that provided no appreciation for art. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw in Poland where he developed his talents with digital graphics. His art has been presented in about 50 solo and over 100 group exhibitions. The artistic commissions he has received from home and abroad have resulted in the creation of seven free-art installations in the UK.

About Ex Libris

Since the fifteenth century, distinguished artists and their patrons have given serious attention to this art form. It represents a miniature art developed to adorn books and a convenient, individualized way for the book’s owner to be identified. The bookplate, or ex libris, is a label placed on the inside of the front cover of a book.

Traveling Exhibition


The ASBC&D offers a marvelous traveling exhibition of contemporary international bookplates. This exhibition opened at the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico during February 2009. It has been re-mounted and is now available to tour. Scroll to the bottom to see some photos.

Exceptional ex libris prints created by 120 artists representing 30 nations–300 fine examples.