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George Steiner Bookplate Competition

“My father loved poetry and music. But deep in himself he thought teaching the finest thing a person could do.”   George Steiner



George Steiner is the person for whom designers will prepare the ex libris prints. He is one of the most influential intellectuals of our time -- a widely published author and lover of the word and of books.

Running the George Steiner bookplate contest in the year of his 90th birthday is the most important thing -- the outcomes include: cash prizes for the top ex libris prints, an exhibition, articles, and a book will come out in 2020.

Dr. George Steiner was born in Paris, France on April 23rd, 1929.  He is a French-American literary critic, essayist, novelist, philosopher, and educator.  He has written for The New Yorker for over thirty years, contributing over two hundred reviews.  Among his many awards, he received The Truman Capote Lifetime Achievement Award from Stanford University 1998.  He lives in Cambridge, England, with his wife, Zara Shakow Steiner.

After finishing high school in New York City, Steiner went to the University of Chicago, where he studied literature, mathematics, and physics, earning his B.A. degree in 1948. This was followed by an M.A. from Harvard University in 1950, where he won the Bell Prize in American Literature.  He went on to receive his Ph.D. from Oxford University (Balliol College) on a Rhodes Scholarship in 1955. Additionally, Steiner was a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva from 1974-1994. 

Among his admirers, Steiner is ranked "among the great minds in today's literary world." 

For further information, there are four links below about Steiner and an ideal starting point for designers: 

George Steiner on Wikipedia

Paris Review: George Steiner, The Art of Criticism                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

George Steiner | Biography, Books, & Facts |                                                                   

Professor George Steiner - Literature




Ex Libris Chronicle

The Ex Libris Chronicle: The International Collector is an illustrated newsletter that includes fine essays on the subject and featured artists from around the world. Notices of events, exhibitions, lectures, exchanges, collections for sale. A must for any artist or collector in this field. The Chronicle reaches artists and collectors in over 50 nations.
The Ex Libris Chronicle: The International Collector is available in e-format or printed for collectors. We always use archival quality papers for the printed edition.

To subscribe, please visit our Membership Page

Ex Libris Exchange

Traditionally ex libris collections are not purchased, but are built through the “exchange” of duplicate prints. On our NEW page you may post your bookplates for exchange. NO ITEMS FOR SALE, PLEASE.

You must sign in to take part in the Ex Libris Exchange.

A Bookplate Coloring Book: Margaret Ely Webb

Art of This Century Gallery

The Art of This Century Gallery is a compilation of ex libris artists from around the world. The gallery offers short biographies of the artists and images of their art.

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Always Looking for Bookplates

Engraving by Valentin Le Campion (France 1903–1952)

Do you have a box of bookplates gathering dust in your attic? Unearthed a small collection built by a family member? Loose, mounted, or in a scrapbook? It may come as a surprise, but we receive notes about discoveries like this everyday.  The ASBC&D has a keen interest in building an important collection for future generations.

We recently received several hundred antique bookplates kept in an old shoe box! Wherever you may find them, let us know. Could be just a change in your collecting interests. Need an appraisal?  Enjoy the benefits of tax relief through donation. We purchase, exchange, and accept charitable donations of bookplates and any related material.

The ASBC&D has established a bookplate reading room and the Society archives. Here we coordinate North American bookplate activities–exhibitions, meetings, publications. The Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to further the art and study of bookplates.

FISAE XXXIX -- Ex Libris: Jack London Square 2022

My Book

Ever design a bookplate? Paste one into your books? Thinking about personal marks of ownership? Time to get acquainted! For nearly a century, the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (ASBC&D) unites "ex libris" artists and collectors.
Our international network provides the highest visibility for your artwork and essays. Through publications, competitions, exhibitions, conferences, and the internet.

Traveling Exhibition


The ASBC&D offers a marvelous traveling exhibition of contemporary international bookplates. This exhibition opened at the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico during February 2009. It has been re-mounted and is now available to tour. Scroll to the bottom to see some photos.

Exceptional ex libris prints created by 120 artists representing 30 nations–300 fine examples.

About Ex Libris

Since the fifteenth century, distinguished artists and their patrons have given serious attention to this art form. A bookplate represents pride in the ownership of books. It is a miniature graphic art print developed to adorn books providing a convenient, individualized way for the book’s owner to be identified. The bookplate, or ex libris, is a label affixed to the inside front cover of a book.


Ever design a bookplate?  Paste one into your books?  Thinking about personal marks of ownership?  Time to get acquainted! For nearly a century, the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (ASBC&D) unites "ex libris" artists and collectors.

Our international network provides the highest visibility for your artwork and essays. Through publications, competitions, exhibitions, conferences, and the internet.  LOOK!

James P Keenan

Bookplate by Lionel Lindsay, Australia (1874-1961)


When television sets first become available to the general public in the late 1940s there were a number of silent films shown because there just was not enough original content to feed the TV monster. I was hooked on those early silent flicks and to this day I actively purchase silent film star bookplates.

Morris Ankrum

Not every bookplate I will include is from the library of a silent film star. Some of these entertainers had long careers and some were not even in silent films but many started in silent films.

Digital Metamorphoses

Krzysztof Marek Bąk is a Polish graphic artist born in 1977. He is one of the most notable visual artists of his country. His work focuses on the computer design, a technique he has worked with for two decades. Bak also teaches as a professor of digital art at the Silesian University in Katowice. For almost 3 years now he has been designing bookplates and given his distinctive style and diverse content, many collectors have shown great interest with a positive response.

Krzysztof Bak comes from a working-class background that provided no appreciation for art. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw in Poland where he developed his talents with digital graphics. His art has been presented in about 50 solo and over 100 group exhibitions. The artistic commissions he has received from home and abroad have resulted in the creation of seven free-art installations in the UK.

Bookplate of the Day

Oleg Denisenko

Oleg Denisenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine. Graduated from Ukrainian Academy of Printing with speciality in Graphic Design. He is active in printmaking, painting, sculpture, artist's books.