Sunday, November 6, 2011
Week 45: Ex Libris
Ex Libris: the Art of Bookplates, by Martin Hopkinson
A nice array of bookplates are collected in this historical survey. Many were executed by famous artists. Others were done for well-known people in all kinds of professions, and they often feature puns or meaningful imagery. I like bookplates (though I rarely actually use them) and this is a good short collection.
Here is my favorite bookplate image, which is actually an illustration by one of my all-time favorite artist/illustrators, Edward Ardizzone. It is in one of my all-time favorite books, Eleanor Farjeon's The Little Bookroom. I was lucky to find a box of these bookplates and even framed one so I could always have it.