Events | June 8, 2021

Bookplate Society Hosts Online Talk, June 22

Courtesy of Lew Jaffe

Oxford, England — On June 22nd at 6:30 P.M. BST, Anthony Pincott, for many years a bookplate collector and member of The Bookplate Society will give an online talk entitled "Ex-libris Art and Provenance - The Fascination of Bookplates.”

It will be illustrated by examples of pictorial and heraldic bookplates (ex-libris) of generations of book owners. There exist tens of thousands of British bookplates, so a theme was chosen when selecting images, namely a connection with the university and city of Oxford.

These printed marks of book ownership span more than three centuries in a wide range of styles, displayed in chronological sequence, where the artform and biography are intertwined..

Well-known artists from Wenceslas Holler to Rex Whistler have produced bookplates, and particular attention is given to engravers who worked in Oxford.

Delve into a world of personal history recalling academics and heralds, politicians, bibliophiles and authors, the famous ,and also some folk whose memory is kept alive only by their bookplates.

Everyone should arrive ten minutes early with their cameras off and microphones muted. Participation is free but places are limited and require advance booking at