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Re: Bookplates

Provenance is nice in an antiquarian book. In the 16th and 17th and 18th
centuries, fine books were often sold unbound. You took them to your binder
and had the binding made to your specification. You had a book plate engraved.
When a friend came by and borrowed a book, it was easy to remember from where
it came.

An antiquarian book with a modern bookplate would be inappropriate. A modern
off the shelf book with a bookplate will reduce its value unless your name is
collectable. A modern hand made book with a custom binding could however carry
a nice engraved book plate.   Times have changed, but not that much.

Why not just do it?  They are your books. Now that you know the pros and cons,
you can do as you like. You do not need anyone's approbation. Enjoy your
possessions. There is no shortage of books.

Art Rubino

From:   The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting on behalf of Joe
Sent:   Saturday, September 06, 1997 13:06 PM
To:     BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:        Re: Bookplates

Dear Linda.,

       An interesting point of discussion. Many of my rariest books contain
bookplates, and I have, for the most part, regarded the "provenance" as an
asset. However, I guess his point is subjective.

Thanks for the feedback.


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