have a long and interesting history, dating back to the 15th century. Borrowing
books was a common practice and the owner needed some way to remind the reader
they should return the book when finished with it. A common phrase seen on bookplates
is: "ex libris", which is Latin for "from the books of", but
some book owners went so far as to place threats and curses on their bookplates
to ensure the book's safe return.
book is (John Doe's),
My fist is another;
You touch one,
And you'll feel
the years, bookplates have been considered works of art. Many people collect them.
These days, many authors use them as a convenient way to 'sign' books. The following
bookplate is based on a design from the Art Nouveau preiod and has an adhesive
back that can be easily placed inside your book.
of the Sea|
(this bookplate has an image of a woman surrounded by babies
and bears Miss B's motto: Every Birth is a Lesson.)
indicate if you'd like a dedication or other inscription on the bookplate. ("For
Zuzu" or "With bookish wishes." etc.) Otherwise, I'll simply send
best wishes and sign my name.
How to Request Bookplates
send a self-addressed envelope to the address below, indicating the inscription,
if any, and how many bookplates you'd like (max 5...if you need more for a bookclub
please let me know and include extra postage).
International Readers: No need to include return postage if you are outside Canada...while
I appreciate the gesture, Canada Post won't accept stamps from outside the country,
so I just use my own.)
PO Box 146
Note to Booksellers:
I also provide free signed bookplates to booksellers.
Just email me and tell me how many you'd like. Email