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American Bookplates
The definitive work on the history of the bookplate in North America.


 
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By W E Butler. London: Primrose Hill Press, 2000. The definitive work on the history of the bookplate in North America. The bookplate or ex libris is an accoutrement of every fine private and public library, indeed of all who treasure their books. American collectors have been fascinated by bookplates since the earliest days of colonial printing and have collected and commissioned them as part of the building of personal and public libraries. The heritage of American bookplate collecting and design is discussed and the biographies of more than 140 American designers are set forth in this book, together with mention of more than 800 other American artists of the bookplate. The author explains how one may commission a bookplate, how to form a bookplate collection and where to join societies dedicated to the subject. 155 pp. Hardback with dustjacket.


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