Why a Bookplate?
When I come across a second-hand book with a plate in it, I find it far more interesting than a book without. I wonder about the previous owner. Where did this book sit before its present placement? Was it in the collection of a writer? An artist? Did it at one time reside in a 1940s studio apartment in the middle of Manhattan? Or a cabin deep in the Appalachian Mountains? Maybe it was in the same house, in the same spot for fifty years – or longer. I must say, if I were a book, I would find it quite shocking to be uprooted after half a century.
Unless it’s brand new, every book has a story outside of its actual story.