Libraries on Bookplates (page 2)


The bookplate for the Bangor (Maine) Public Library, designed by Sydney L. Smith in 1903.



The bookplate of Dr. Samuel W. Boorstein, a New York City physician in the first half of the 20th century, and a prominent advocate of the establishment of Israel. Probably printed around 1930.



The bookplate of Robert Hall. According to, the identity of Robert Hall is not known, although he was certainly a serious collector of artist William Morris’ Kelmscott Press published works, as evidenced by the inclusion of several of his more famous books in the bookplate. The plate shows a well-stocked library room with a view of a beautiful church spire outside.



The bookplate of Carl Tilden Keller (1872-1955), an accountant and collector of books, especially rare editions of Cervantes' Don Quixote and translations of Don Quixote in all major languages of the world. “The Art of the Bookplate” by James P. Keenan, describes the scene pictured in the bookplate: “lumped over a table, head in hand as if from exhaustion, this quintessential bibliophile reads by candlelight in a large library brimming with books. Does this amusing caricature represent the owner of the ex libris, intent perhaps on finding some piece of information that has been alluding [sic] him? His attention is focused on one book while piles of other volumes—either already discarded or still awaiting his attention—are strewn all over the floor and on the tabletop. Has he finally found what he has been searching for? Or is he doomed to search forever?”