A bookplate is usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the inside front cover, to indicate its owner. The name of the owner usually follows an inscription such as “from the book of” or “from the library of”. 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 or her from the artist or designer – Wikipedia
Does anyone use book plates any more? I do and always have one at the ready from my collection to lovingly put in a book. Whenever I eye them in a store I almost always buy a new set that I do not currently own. I have a gardening book collection and always use my gardening bookplates.
Here are some examples of what I consider to be added charm to a cherished book. They add a sort of Scott Fitzgerald romantic quality to the presence of a book. They say that you cherish the contents and want the world to know that this is your valued and admired book. You give the book some heightened provenance when you put a personal touch at its opening.
Bookplates have multiple uses; they can be used in diaries, notebooks, journals and scrapbooks.
Here is a picture of my latest bookplate purchase from Sunshine and Ravioli’s ETSY shop of Vintage Inspired Paper Goodness