Ex Libris Bookplate
Over the years, my book collection has expanded and contracted (purging is usually done under duress and only in anticipation of a move), but I still have old favorites that bear my name on the inside front cover, written in the careful handwriting of the young reader I was. I don't know how I conjured the huevos to desecrate a book by writing in it, but I love seeing my youthful writing, laying claim to a beloved story.
At some point, I stopped writing my name in my books, but even as an adult, there are some I still want to lay claim to. That I love so much I want to somehow put *my* mark on them AND, most especially, remind borrowers that The Book Shall Be Returned. When I began carving and creating linoprints, I knew a bookplate would be in order.
Bookplates have existed since the 1300s and have evolved from simple inscriptions to pieces of art that were commissioned specifically by the book owner. If you search for bookplates, you will see a range of beautiful, frightening, simple, and elaborate designs. I can lose myself for days looking at this art form.
I carved this bookplate and each one is hand-stamped on white sticker paper. It's available blank, for you to personalize with your own handwriting, or personalized by me with a red fountain pen. If you would like me to personalize it for you, please send a message with your exact spelling.
This also makes a lovely and unique gift for a book lover.
Approximately 3.5x5 inches.