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Bookplates or book labels?

There are many examples of ornate and beautifully engraved bookplates. Collectors covet those engraved by Paul Revere or other prominent designers. But there are also those plates that are actually better described as book labels, since they are set up or designed by the printer. Here are a few examples, ranging from 18th Century to late 19th Century.

Most of these are letterpress labels, with designs built up with lines, dingbats, decorations, and type. A few are engraved.

dingbat label

Categories: 18th Century, 19th Century, Binder's Tickets, Book labels, Bookplates, Uncategorized.

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