Step into the timeless beauty of an Italian Garden with our Personalized Ex-Libris Bookplates. Crafted meticulously on traditional gummed paper, these bookplates invite you to immerse yourself in the splendor of classical gardens, captivating your senses with every glance.
Illustrated by the talented German artist Wilhelm (Willy) Ehringhausen in the late 1890s, this masterpiece transports you to a world where garden lovers' dreams come to life. Behold a long vista that stretches before you, culminating in a serene niche adorned with a classical statue. The ground is strewn with columns, evoking the sense that the villa and its gardens rest upon the remnants of antiquity.
In the backdrop, majestic cypress trees stand tall, their slender forms reaching for the heavens, while a pan fountain gushes forth, its waters cascading into a tranquil basin. The scene is framed by classical columns and adorned with garlands of roses, exuding an aura of serenity and timeless elegance.
These Italian Garden Ex-Libris Bookplates are a testament to the enduring allure of classical aesthetics and the inherent beauty found in nature. As you personalize each bookplate, you become the curator of your own literary sanctuary, surrounded by the essence of classical gardens.
Bookplates are ideal for safeguarding the volumes in your library and make a unique and thoughtful gift.
Bookplates are crafted on 50# White English Finish Gummed Paper and hand-cut to size. Gummed paper is coated with an adhesive backing that requires water to activate (similar to traditional stamps). Once the adhesive is activated, the paper will adhere to the front pastedown of your book.
Historically, bookplates have been printed on gummed paper for various reasons. First, the glue is water-soluble and can be removed by steaming or wetting without damaging your book. Second, gummed paper dries flat and without residue, eliminating the waste of sticker adhesive backings. Third, the finished bookplate has a refined look and feel.
• Dimensions: 4in x 2.5in, 10.16cm x 6.35cm
• Substrate: 50# White English Finish Gummed Paper
• Adhesive: Moisture/Water activated
• Quantity: 30 Bookplates
• Turn around time: 3-5 days
• Each bookplate ships in a hardback envelope with instructions.
• Each bookplate is handcrafted and cut to size and may vary slightly from the rest
• Option to Personalize: Yes
These bookplates can be personalized with your name(s). You can choose either your first name or both first and last names. The font is an adjusted version of Hoefler Text in Caps as shown. A maximum of 25 characters is allowed.
On a clean surface, moisten the back of the bookplate with a damp sponge. The bookplate will curl up a little; this is normal. Affix the moistened bookplate where desired, smoothing the paper from the center outwards to eliminate any creases and wrinkles. Gummed paper dries flat and smooth. I recommend you perform a test on a paper surface before applying it to your book to get a feel for the moisture/glue. Don't moisten the front of the bookplate, as the inks are not waterproof. If you opted for blank bookplates, write your name in before applying. Store unused bookplates in a dark, dry place.
A bookplate is sometimes called an ex libris meaning "from the books of" in Latin. The earliest known example, dated to 1480, is the bookplate of Hilprand Brandenburg, a Carthusian monk. At first, most bookplates were designed to safeguard the property of nobles; thus, they were adorned with coats of arms and other indicators of inherited prestige. This was the case through the 18th century; though styles changed with artistic trends. The 19th century saw the rise of the middle class. Scholars, professionals, and other educated individuals became interested in bookplates and commissioned works in a pictorial vein. Since then, ex libris have been used to denote personal property and as a form of personal expression. Since ex libris stamps were generally never seen by the public, the artwork varied tremendously from intimate erotic scenes to darkly expressionistic styles.
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