The bees of course.
May is “Get Caught Reading Month,” and though you can catch us reading pretty much every month here at The Huntington, we thought we’d acknowledge this month-long celebration of reading with a shout-out to the bookplate, that centuries-old book-marking device that has appealed to readers eager for a way to express not just ownership, but also a bit of individuality. Some of the most original and refined bookplates were produced during the late Victorian period when these customized labels enjoyed a huge surge in popularity.
In 1902, a limited-edition book entitled Women Designers of Book-Plates was published. This important work showcased the talents of a number of leading female artists and designers of the day. The Huntington’s copy is number 163 of the 400 printed. The book contains 35 woodcut bookplate designs printed one to a page on rich, deckle-edged paper. The images above are some examples from a few of these gifted ladies!
Which is your favorite?