Rare Book Bookplates
Bookplates have been used for centuries by collectors to identify materials in their collections. These decorative labels are often found glued onto endpapers or inside covers. Often the design of the bookplate can tell you much about the individual who owned the book including their personal interests or philosophies. Bookplates also offer individuals visual timelines of provenance. It is not unheard of to see multiple bookplates in one book. Though the use of bookplates seems to be declining in recent years, some collectors are still embracing the practice.
This exhibition is a celebration of bookplates and offers a range of bookplates by style and era. Common themes can be seen in the collection including the use of mottos, floral themes, and even books themselves. All of the bookplates are courtesy of materials currently housed in the Rare Books Collection located in the Center for Archival Collections. Further examples of bookplates can also be found in the Browne Popular Culture Library and Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives.
Charles Edmund Merrill Jr. Bookplate
Example of a Charles Edmund Merrill Jr. bookplate found in a 1923 copy of Sherwood Anderson's, "Horses and men: tales, long and short, from our American life." BGSU acquired the monograph through the David D. and Patricia A. Anderson Center for Midwestern Literature donation.
Marchioness of Londonderry Bookplate
Example of an Edith Helen, Marchioness of Londonderry bookplate. Bookplate includes image of Marchioness with two mottoes: "Prest d'accomplir" and "Non Domini nostri sed duces." Bookplate found in La Rouchefoucauld's 1902 edition of Maximes.
James Robert Bashore Jr. Bookplate
Example of James Robert Bashore Jr. bookplate. Black and white image of comedy and tragedy masks with two hands.
Charles MacA. Willcox Bookplate
Example of Charles MacA. Willcox bookplate. Black and white image of a room with books and statue on desk. Motto at the top read: Bards of Passion and of Mirth, Ye Have Left Your Souls on Earty. Bookplate can be found in Cobwebs from an empty skull by Ambrose Bierce.
Charles Vere Dashwood Esq. Bookplate
Example of a Charles Vere Dashwood Esq. bookplate. Black and white herald motif with floral decoration around herald. Bookplate can be found in The adventures of David Simple by Sarah Fielding.
Harlan Ellison Bookplate
Example of a Harlan Ellison bookplate. Black and white image of a naked man standing on top of an open book with a rocket flying toward the sky. Bookplate can be found in a 1887 copy of Jules Verne's Trip Round the World in a Flying Machine.
Example of an Abraham Bracebridge bookplate. Black and white image of a herald. Below herald is the motto: Be As God Will followed by Bracebridge's name. The bookplate can be found in The Genuine Works in Verse and Prose of the Right Honourable George Granville, Lord Landsdowne written by George…
Alexander J. and Rosalia P. Isaacs Bookplate
Example of an Alexander J. and Rosalia P. Isaacs bookplate. Black and white with decorative border and animals at the bottom. Bookplate can be found in The poems of Mr. Gray by Thomas Gray.
Alice G. C. Clark Bookplate
Example of an Alice G.C. Clark bookplate. Black and white herald. Bookplate can be found in Metrical tales and other poems by Samuel Lover.
Harold Glendon Steele Bookplate
Example of a Harold Glendon Steele bookplate. Gold coloring image of a naked man kneeling. Above the man is the motto: become what you are. Bookplate can be found in Poor Richard's Almanack by Benjamin Franklin.
John Morgan Bookplate
Example of a John Morgan bookplate. Black and white image with motto around the border. Motto reads: The house the Lord builds not we vaily strive to build it. Images also includes a house with angels building it. Bookplate can be found in The poems of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.