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My Bookplate

September 13, 2006

A bookplate is one of those things pasted on the inside cover of a book that shows who’s library the book is from. This does not prevent other people from taking your books. Hopefully it makes them feel bad when they look at the book and hopefully they will be motivated to return it. I have not had any missing books returned, yet.

A bookplate should represent the owner of the book. It should contain more than just “from the library of . . . ” It should contain things that are important to the owner of the book and that give an insight into what kind of person the owner is. It should also be a bit cryptic.

Here is my bookplate. I worked on it off and on over the last 5 years. It contains artwork by my favorite artist Albrect Durer, the grotto around the edge is by him. The ship on the storm tossed sea is a great metaphor for life, and I just like sailing ships, I also like sailing and the sea. Right there in just the ship and the sea we have five clues to the owner of this bookplate. The compass guiding the ship has ‘Lord’ and ‘Word’ on it, not too hard to figure out the ideas behind that one.

See if you can find; a pirate flag, a globe, the continent of Africa, an open book, the first initials of my family, and other things. There are also Latin and Greek phrases, do you know what they mean?


4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2006 10:09 pm

    I found everything except for the continent of Africa. Where is it?

  2. September 13, 2006 11:21 pm

    Thought you might be interested in my bookplate blog

    Lew Jaffe

  3. Timothy permalink
    September 14, 2006 9:04 am

    The continent of Africa is on the left hand vase.


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