Let’s talk about bookplates! I’m a big fan of hardcover books. There’s something about their heft and the way the spine cracks when opened. Whenever I read them I feel all old and noble, and if the book is big enough (looking at you George R.R. Martin) they’re a great workout. I have an office full. With all these hardcovers my wife saw an opportunity to make me some bookplates of my own and I absolutely love ’em. They’re fantastic. She made mine from this image:


Yep that’s death on a Penny-farthing scaring what I think is an old milkman. As I said: fantastic.

There is a great post on Buzzfeed of thirty-five bookplates of people significantly more famous than myself. Everyone from the Queen Victoria to H.P. Lovecraft. Which prompted me to share mine. There’s a lot of cools ones in there, so I forced myself to pick my top three. If I had to choose I’d pick:

  • Edgar Rice Boroughs’ art nouveau-style wild man and his simian companion.
  • Jaunty Woodrow Wilson day dreaming about a cathedral. 
  • H.G. Wells’ fantastical balloon

What are your favorites? (Stick with three and leave a comment!) Do you have a bookplate of your own? (I’d love to see it!)


  1. My faves were William Butler Yeats with the chalice on the shelf, Robert Frost with the lane leading home, and Charles Dickens with the lion that makes it look like he read CS Lewis.


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