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English Book-Plates: An Illustrated Hand-Book for the Students of Ex-Libris Egerton Castle

English Book-Plates: An Illustrated Hand-Book for the Students of Ex-Libris

Egerton Castle

Published May 31st 2014
ISBN : 9781499748635
Paperback
260 pages
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An excerpt of a review from The Book Buyer:THE book-plate, as it is understood nowadays -- that is, the label, printed or engraved, heraldic or otherwise, intended to proclaim the ownership of a book when affixed to its board or fly-leaf -- madeMoreAn excerpt of a review from The Book Buyer:THE book-plate, as it is understood nowadays -- that is, the label, printed or engraved, heraldic or otherwise, intended to proclaim the ownership of a book when affixed to its board or fly-leaf -- made its first appearance, according to Egerton Castle, in Germany. The oldest known ex-libris dates from about 1450, and is that of Johannes Knabensperg, the design, in a rough wood-cut, showing a hedgehog disporting itself with a flower in its mouth among strewn leaves. The oldest ex-libris actually connect with a printed book dates from about 1480, the design, an angel bearing a shield, having the same motive as Thackerays drawing for the book-plate of his friend the poet and the translator of Rubaiyat of Omar Khaiyam, Edward Fitzgerald. Durer designed at least book-plates, and exerted a lasting influence in the art. The use of the ex-libris was general among German book collectors before the custom was adopted in other countries.