Ex-Libris have proven to be an important part of book history, and will play an integral role in the My Very Own Library Initiative.
Students will be given the power to choose the books that they add to their own home libraries, and will use Ex-Libris to personalize their books as their own!
Ex-Libris, a Latin phrase meaning from the library [of]. The bookplate was developed when mass ownership of books became common, after the first printed books in the fifteenth century.
Early bookplates depicted a coat-of-arms. In the late middle ages and Renaissance, heraldry became a developed discipline.
Heraldry is the art of representing coats-of-arms. It was developed to distinguish individuals in battles and jousts. Eventually bookplates evolved to include initials, monograms, hobbies, pets, interests, etc.
Featured to the left are ExLibris examples, courtesy of the Pratt Institute Libraries, Special Collections.