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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Much more important are the inscription and the bookplates of the Bernard family.
▪ One of the attractions of bookplate collecting is that it can be relatively inexpensive.
▪ There are probably a number of books with the Coats bookplate, many in Gaelic, to be found in private collections.
▪ There are some 50 private archives created by past heralds, miscellaneous family papers, as well as seals and bookplate collections.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bookplate \Book"plate`\, n. A label, placed upon or in a book, showing its ownership or its position in a library.


n. A printed piece of paper pasted on one of the pages of a book, most often on the inside front cover, showing ownership and thus deterring theft.


n. a label identifying the owner of a book in which it is pasted [syn: ex libris]


A bookplate, also known as ex-librīs [ Latin, "from the books of..."], is usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the inside front cover, to indicate its owner. Simple typographical bookplates are termed "booklabels".

Bookplates typically bear a name, motto, device, coat-of-arms, crest, badge, or any motif that relates to the owner of the book, or is requested by him from the artist or designer. The name of the owner usually follows an inscription such as "from the books of..." or "from the library of...", or in Latin, ex libris.... Bookplates are important evidence for the provenance of books.

In the United States, bookplates replaced book rhymes after the 19th century.

Usage examples of "bookplate".

Inside was a rose-pink, lace-edged bookplate that said EX LIBRIS: Barbara Steehoven Moreland.

The engraved bookplate showed a lithograph of a seated cat staring at a fish in a bowl.

Every inside cover has a light blue bookplate with the words, “This prayerbook is dedicated to the memory of ______,” or, “This prayerbook is dedicated in honor of ______.

There were no hollowed-out pages and an elaborate red-and-gold bookplate pasted to the flyleaf read To MR.

He opened it, hoping to find a bookplate reading Ex Libris Enoch Leng.

EVERY one has a bookplate these days, and the collectors are after it.

She took the book from the shelf effortlessly and, supporting the spine in her palm, opened it at the first page, decorated with several bookplates, some very old.

Bill Clinton regularly requests early copies of his novels and George Bush Sr recently wrote asking for some signed bookplates for his wife.

The door Bone pondered in flickering light was a huge brass panel proclaiming Ex Nihilo in the style of a bookplate.