Do you know what bookplates and ex-libris are? These prints or stamps that mark the book's ownership. Here is a twist: the Utopian Libraries project by a Russian artist Dmitry Babenko includes only bookplates of nonexistent libraries.
A Bibliophile’s Ex-Libris for 37.000 Books – The Bookplate of Sergey Vavilov with an Engraving of Félix Vallotton
I often find curious things just browsing tomes in old books stores. Here is an excellent example. This bookplate on a vintage book about engraving techniques of the 19th century momentarily attracted my attention.
I planned to upload some English-language book this time. However, I stumbled upon an article about bookplates in the April'1902 issue of the Russian magazine "Искусство печати" (Printing Art,) and decided I have to share it.
This isn't really a book. No, that's not right. It's a hardcover binding, so it's definitely a book. That's a convolute of multiple articles taken from various magazines published on the brink of the 20th century. And it's about bookplates.