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Bookplates ~ David Ellenson Rare Book Online Exhibit
The invention of printing made private ownership of many books possible. Frequently, owners identified their personal collections with labels which read ex libris ("from the library of"). Artists were soon commissioned to create bookplates which might include symbols, accessories, or armorial crests reflecting the owners' status, vocation or interests.
The Library's bookplate collection contains plates commissioned by Jewish owners or executed by Jewish graphic artists. Many artistic techniques are represented: etchings, wood and copper engravings, woodcuts, lithographs, and scissor cuts.
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