Friday, October 24, 2014
Artist Edward Penfield (1866-1925) carved this elegant bookplate for himself during the heyday of the medium.
Bookplates, were not only pasted into books, they were actively collected and traded. Ruthven Deane, a lawyer by trade and bird watcher and bookplate collector by hobby, assembled a collection of approximately 15,000 plates. She donated her collection to the Library of Congress. The American Society for Bookplate Collectors and Designers (still an active organization) also donated a very large collection the Library as well, which makes the LOC the largest bookplate repository in the world.
You can see more bookplates, including those of Charlie Chaplin and Jack London, here.