ex libris

Director Frederick Wiseman's 2017 documentary on the New York Public Library, Ex Libris, premieres tonight at 10:00 p.m. on PBS.

The art of the bookplate is alive and well among Grolier Club members—just as it has been for 130 years.

The functional purpose of the bookplate is simple: collectors paste the small pieces of paper or leather into their volumes to identify ownership and establish a trail of provenance. Yet for centuries, bookplates have also served as visual