Image courtesy of Louis Jaffe
(Toledo, OH) Lewis Jaffe, a bookplate collector and broker, has developed an intriguing site about his favorite passion - bookplate collecting. His web page is worth a glance for collectors as well as curious non-specialists.
A bookplate is generally a printed piece of paper affixed to one of the pages of a book (often on the inside front cover) denoting ownership.
Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie catalogues (in the main) American and British bookplates.
Bookplates are often of interest either as examples of a decorative technique, or as personal relics of famous persons. Bookplates also served as a class distinction, since the more ornate examples were designed by renowned artists in the employ of wealthy patrons.