Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bookplate art

William Blake: "Europe: a Prophecy"
The dual passions for art and for books merge in the time-honored art of the bookplate. Whole societies are dedicated to celebrating these beautiful miniatures, which exhibit one's aesthetic tastes as well as pride of possession. OK, we all hear that physical books are going the way of the dodo, but something tells us that readers of this blog love books as physical objects, have multiple bookcases that are not filled with designer tchotches, and would enjoy picking out a pack or two from our two-page assortment of fine art bookplates—either for self or for gifts. All of the bookplates on this page and more are available on our website.

M.C. Escher: "Man With Cuboid," 1958; "The First Day of Creation," 1925 (from a series of six woodcuts). Below: C.F.A. Voysey: Seahorses, 1887 (design for wallpaper or silk) / Benson Bond Moore "White Herons at Home"
Except for Blake and Escher, all of the artists in the bookplate collection were new to me, and I very much enjoyed perusing their work. I especially loved Ashevak Kenojuak; her 2008 piece "Grand Entrance," (below left) was used for the bookplate. The Inuit artist lives in Cape Dorset, Baffin Island, Canada, and is known for her vibrant bird and wildlife art. In 1961 she was the subject of a film produced by the National Film Board about her traditional life and art.


  1. I'm a fan of anything miniature, so these bookplates are right up my alley right beside miniature dog's and dollhouse furniture!!!!

  2. These are great for art projects, etc. if you don't mind cutting them up, that is:)

  3. These are so cute!! Would be great for a school project to spice it up some :)

  4. "Man With Cuboid" just blew my mind. That is crazy!

  5. Very nice selection.You might also enjoy my bookplate blog:

    Lew Jaffe

    1. I look forward to extensive perusing of your site ... it looks fantastic.