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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