Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ex Libris!

The Pratt Ex Libris Collection of 19th. and 20th century book plates from public and private libraries is just a gold mine for fonts, heraldry and logo design.




A rare stylish moment for my Alma Mater (not even remotely known for anything related to design or the arts, minus Cy Twombley's father). The bird and the squirrel fell by the wayside over the years...and the first part of the Latin...and the shape of the crest.


(So cool)







Harry Worcester Smith...a WASP?


11 comments:

Michael Robinson said...

For more about Harry Worcester Smith, including many period photos, see, :
http://houndwelfare.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/the-great-hound-match-of-1905-part-1/

As the bookplate suggests he was also a major collector of sporting books and also paintings.

Mrs. Blandings said...

The anchor with the snakes is incredibly inspiring - you have no idea. p

TRAVIS said...

You always find the best things! Thanks for sharing this!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Indeed! I have to admit to being a sucker for that elephant. And the monkey...is there not something a bit Edward Gorey about it?

Lew Jaffe said...

There is an excellent bookplate exhibit at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Details are posted on my blog.
Http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com

Hollister H. Hovey said...

Michael and Lew -- SOOO AMAZING!!!

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Lucy said...

The UVA alumni magazine just had an article on bookplates:

http://www.uvamagazine.org/only_online/article/ex_libris/

Definitely some beauties in that collection.

Nanook of New York said...

These are brilliant Hollister! Thanks for posting.

Jessica said...

FML, I've been trying to design a bookplate for myself for the past two years, thanks for the inspiration!!

bferry said...

brilliant stuff. thanks for posting these.