Yale Alumni Magazine has a very cool little essay about the bookplate, subtitled "Why book owners mark their literary territory with personalized art," written by Alex Beam in its current issue. 
With President's Day fast approaching here in the United States, it's no wonder that old George is popping up at auction this week. Yesterday, Arts and the Antiques reported on a fascinating, record-breaking auction of what is believed to be Washington's personal copy of the map of the Battle of Yorktown.