About Ex Libris
Ex Libris means "from the books" in Latin or loosely translated, "from the library of." Collecting decorated labels pasted in home library books to denote ownership, known as bookplates, appeal to people interested in books, history, and even genealogy. Works available on eBay have something for every interest, from woodcuts to etchings, to prints. Collect signed plates such as Robert Indiana's "LOVE" silk screen, or a picture of No. 10 Downing St. autographed by Margaret Thatcher. Armorial plates have ties to royalty or intriguing historical links such as one owned by Joseph Smith, the British consul at Venice in 1770. Another, from the Great War, is a photograph of submarine HMS 54, launched in 1916. Hand-colored bird prints appeal to the nature lover, and Americana aficionados might like a lithograph of Norman Rockwell's "The Bodybuilder." Collectors can find more information from the Bookplate Society and the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers to better enjoy the variety of Ex Libris collectibles and the tales they tell.