Armorial vintage ex libris bookplates design

Vintage armorial bookplates

Jessica Le

Armorial bookplate designs, particularly vintage ones, can often be seen as a bit stifling and boring in their design. Many of these designs are based on traditional motifs and symbols, often featuring coats of arms, crests, and other heraldic elements. While these designs can be quite beautiful in their own way, they can also feel somewhat repetitive and limiting in terms of their visual vocabulary. However, with modern design techniques and technologies, bookplate designers have the ability to create more intricate and complex designs that can truly capture the essence of the owner's personality and interests. This has led to a greater variety of styles and themes in contemporary bookplate design, making them more personalised and engaging than ever before. Below are some interesting armorial bookplates from the Eirene Mort collection chosen because of their shape design, typography and detail.




Jessica Le is the founder of Fleur & Fable. She writes about bookplates and is a member of The New Australian Bookplate Society.

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