bookplate


book·plate

noun \ˈbk-ˌplāt\

: a piece of paper stuck on the inside front cover of a book that shows the name of the person who owns the book

Full Definition of BOOKPLATE

:  a book owner's identification label that is usually pasted to the inside front cover of a book

First Known Use of BOOKPLATE

1791

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bookplate

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Jane Patterson's bookplate designed by Robert Anning Bell, English, 1890s—Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Label with a printed design pasted inside the front cover of a book to identify its owner. It probably originated in Germany in the mid-15th century; the earliest extant dated bookplate (1516) is German. The earliest American example is dated 1749. Bookplate designs include portraits, views of libraries, and landscapes, as well as symbols of the owner's interests or occupation (e.g., military trophies, palettes), and, toward the end of the 19th century, nude figures.

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