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Bookplate Ink continues to provide many authors with unique bookplates for booksignings. Many authors, such as Richard Aaron, www.richardaaron.com, author of Gauntlet, order one of our border designs, such as N100 or M752, and have their name and or the title of the book included. Other authors, such as Jill Tietjen www.technicallyspeakingllc.com/, co-author of the HarperCollins book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, use artwork from their jacket cover to create a custom bookplate design. We appreciate the loyalty and trust we receive from our many customers who are authors!
Bookplate Ink is the place to find Antioch designs! Bookplate Ink is proud to carry on the fine tradition of the original Antioch Bookplate Company, which began printing bookplates in the 1930s. Now known as The Antioch Company, they have discontinued their line of bookplates. Please call or e-mail if you don't find the design you want. We may have it, but are not currently showing it on our website.
A unique way to record your life is available from MLMG Designs at skaneatelestalk.com/blogs/mlmgdesigns. This beautiful book provides an "easy way to keep a brief record of your life … each day, over three years, just as you live it … whatever you want to remember.” Entries are meant to be brief and easily entered each day.
We print bookplates for AUTHORS! Many writers have found bookplates to be great for booksignings. One of the many appreciative customers who have used bookplates for this purpose is Random House publisher N.M. Kelby, author of Whale Seaon. Her new book, Murder at the Bad Girl's Bar and Grill will be released in June.
I had the privilege of being included recently at a meeting in Washington, D.C. of the American Society of Bookplate Designers and Collectors. Among the collectors I met is the author of a blog about bookplate collecting, Lewis Jaffe. His blog is full of fascinating information about the history of bookplates and bookplate artists. You can read his blog at bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com.
An article by Joan Kauffman in the Wall Street Journal, Feb. 23, 2007, chronicles the author's experience with bookplates and highlights the tradition of personalizing bookplates, which Bookplate Ink continues to this day. Online subscribers to the Wall Street Journal can view the story here or download a pdf.
What does "ex libris" mean? Many of our bookplates have the phrase "ex libris" in the design and we are frequently asked this question. "Ex libris" is Latin for "from the books" and is used on bookplates to mean "from the books of" or "from the library of." In fact, bookplates are often called "ex libris."
Bookplate Ink is excited to offer three new woodcut bookplate designs from Jennifer Berman, a nationally-known alternative cartoonist. These illustrations are part of a series of animal illustrations for her upcoming animal ABC book. Her work has appeared in newspapers and periodicals around the country, including Harper's, Ms, Ethics, San Francisco Chronicle, and many others. Her postcards are available through her own company, Humerus Cartoons, and her greeting cards are marketed through Papyrus/Marcel Schurman Fine Paper and Recycled Paper Greetings. She has published four books, including the best-selling "Why Dogs Are Better Than Men" and "Why Dogs Are Better Than Kids." For more information and a look at Berman's cartoons, go to jenniferberman.com.
We are excited about two NEW DESIGNS in the black and white gallery. Horse lovers will be thrilled with bookplates showing equine artist Kathleen McMillan's work. They are designs H100 and H10. Kathleen has a BFA in Painting. She loves horses and has a certificate in equine massage. Check out her website at KathleenMcMillan.com