Design: Maxfield Parrish based on his 1887 Harper's Weekly cover. via
Two Literary Apes seeking their humanity?
His and her books:
I find the wording on this bookplate rather odd. via
Note the extreme difference in tone between these two doctor's bookplates:
Design: Gaborjani Szabo for Dr. Sandor 1936
Three bookplates which would make me think twice about borrowing:
Famous Readers - 8 Bookplates
I believe Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853 - 1919) based this design on a painting of his wife.
Bookplate of British literary giant Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) via
Bookplate of Hollywood kingpin, Cecil B. DeMille (1881 -1959) maker of movie spectacles. via
Bookplate of Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901). via
Bookplate of mathematical wizard Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955). via
Bookplate of American illustrator Edward Penfield (1866 - 1925). via
Bookplate of famed author, journalist and social activist, Jack London (1876 - 1916). via
Bookplate of famed science fiction author and inventor of new worlds, H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946). via
For whatever reason, bookplates don't seem to be as popular now as they used to be. (Except as collectibles.) Maybe it's because the news leaked out that a glued in bookplate will lower the value on an otherwise collectible book unless the owner of said book is or was a famous person. (Or unless the book is SO rare, that an existing copy will be scooped up in any condition.) Oh no! But yes, it's true.
Also it's hard to bookplate an e-book. Just sayin'.
Still, if you don't care about resale, then bookplates seem perfectly appropriate, especially if you have friends who are forever borrowing from your library.
Of course bookplates make for wonderful ephemera collectibles on their own.
There's also my Pinterest Bookplates board, if you are so inclined. (And I hope you will be.)