23 Gorgeous Bookplates That Will Give Your Books Serious Style

23 Gorgeous Bookplates That Will Give Your Books Serious Style

As fervent booklovers, we’re also fervent lovers of literary paraphernalia. There’s no book-themed scarf, tote bag, art print, or iPhone case we wouldn’t jump at -- or at least put on our wish list due to budget constraints.

With this in mind, we wanted to celebrate one of the most bookish literary accessories around: the bookplate. Also known as ex libris, meaning “from the library of,” the bookplate has been gracing the inside front covers of books for centuries. At its most basic, a bookplate is a slip of paper bearing the name of the book’s owner; at its most grand, it may be a veritable work of art as well.

As ebook sales make up an increasingly sizable share of book sales, it may seem logical that we’ll see more and more book-themed iPhone cases and fewer ex librises and bookmarks. But ebooks still only account for 14 percent of consumer spending on books, so there are plenty of hardcovers and paperbacks out there we should be properly accessorizing.

Instead of either scribbling your name in your books with ballpoint pens, or, even worse, not labeling them at all and thus losing many of them in painful post-breakup negotiations, why not consider the bookplate?

Here are 23 gorgeous bookplates to get you started:

Personalized Vintage Blue Bird Bookplates
Just straight up adorable. From Etsy seller Oiseaux.
Villain in Pillory Letterpress Bookplates
If you really love your books, it's tempting to resort to scare tactics. From Etsy seller RxLetterpress.
Vintage Butterflies Bookplates
If you're a lepidopterist, or just a fan of Vladimir Nabokov, these lovely butterflies might suit you. From Cavallini, via Barnes and Noble.
Vintage-Inspired Peacock Bookplates
If it's drama you crave, try these ornate purple and blue peacocks. From Etsy seller SunshineandRavioli2.
Vintage-Inspired Girl in Tree Bookplates
Love nature? Love reading? Love reading in nature? From Etsy seller SunshineandRavioli2.
Modern Personalized Bookplates
Enough with all the vintage -- why not try a clean and modern plate with a pop of color? From Etsy seller KindlyReply.
Perched Owl Bookplates
Oh, to be as learned as this owl. From Etsy seller BookplateInk.
Letterpress Flower Bookplates
There's nothing wrong with being a little girly, especially when it looks this cool. From Etsy seller Typothecary Press.
Highly Recommended Bookplates
If you only keep books you deeply admire, these bookplates might be right for you. From Etsy seller Racing Snail Press.
Elephant Bookplates
We're not the only ones who find toy elephants unspeakably adorable, right? From Etsy seller PreppyProdigy.
Sleeping Dachshunds Bookplates
For those brave couples who wish to merge not only their futures, but their book collections, try a joint bookplate, preferably with dachshunds. From Etsy seller VintageBookplates.
Vintage Dachshunds in Love Bookplates
Book Lover Kittens Bookplates
And let's not leave cat lovers out. From Etsy seller VintageBookplates.
Jane Austen Bookplates
Fans of Emma Wodehouse, rejoice. (Don't worry, Pride and Prejudice devotees; there's also an Elizabeth Bennet plate.) From Etsy seller CastleOnTheHill.
Owl Bookplates
Oops, we all just fainted from the cuteness. These are a set of varying owl illustrations, each more adorable than the last. From Etsy seller whimsywhimsical.
Watermarks Personalized Bookplates
If you want that edgy "I use my books as coasters" aesthetic, look no further. From Etsy seller PaperCrabb.
Art Nouveau - Belle Bookplates
In lieu of papering every room in your house with this lovely print, you could simply paper every book you own with it. From Etsy seller cricicis.
Library Card Bookplates
For the library junkie -- now all you need is an adjustable date stamp and ink pad! From Etsy seller LittlebeaneBoutique.
Modern Monogram Bookplates
Don't be afraid to be bold. From Etsy seller nancynikkodesign.
Bookplate Single Monogram Custom Stamp
For those of us with overflowing bookshelves, a custom bookplate stamp may be a bit more efficient -- without sacrificing style. From Paper Source.
Vintage Anchor Bookplate Stamp
Please Return My Book Bookplate Stamp
Sometimes it's best to be very specific about your expectations. From Etsy seller ahueofduckeggblue.
This Book Belongs To Hand-lettered Bookplate
Or keep it simple and sweet. From Etsy seller papersushi.
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