Ex Libris Excelsior! 8 Geeky Bookplates

Often referred to as an Ex-Libris, a bookplate was a pictorial device, usually stamped in the front cover of a book and adorned with a name and creative illustrations, indicating the owner of the book. Throughout the years, bookplates have been adorned with familial heraldry to basic decorative frames. Chances are you’ve seen pre-made bookplates in novels like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events designed by Brett Helquist. The bookplate is an magnificent art form itself and some of the bookplates used by cultural luminaries are pretty awesome. Because I’m in love with the Ex-Libris, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite (geek related) bookplates.

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, Burroughs’ nephew created a bookplate showcasing his character Tarzan holding the planet Mars in his arms.

 

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Designed by Erich Buttner, 1917

 

H.P. Lovecraft

Author of “The Call of Cthulhu”

Designed by Wilfrid B. Talman

 

Bernie Wrightson

Artist and illustrator

This bookplate was designed by Wrightson himself, specifically for the release of the graphic novel adaptation of Creepshow.

 

H.G. Wells

Author of “War of the Worlds”

Bookplate designed by Robert Saldo.

 

Lewis Carroll

Mathematician and author of “Alice in Wonderland”

 

Harry Houdini

Escape artist and illusionist

 

Willy Ley

German/American science author and futurist

Designed by Olga Ley

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Rob Walker is a writer and filmmaker in Colorado, and is creator of the comedy web series Victorian Cut-out Theatre. He loves horror films and comic books (American Vampire, Jonah Hex, The Flash, Planetary). Rob has been a Sherlockian since the age of ten, is a Dark Tower junky and believes that Indiana Jones is the greatest cinematic hero ever created. You can follow him on twitter at: @timidwerewolf and see his other writings and videos at robwalkerfilms.com