For many years I have been interested in Bookplates, or as they are also called, Ex Libris (Latin ‘from the Library of ...’). My uncle, Archibald John (known as Jack) Peake, designed a number of plates for members of the family in the late 1940’s early 1950s. My father as a result had his own bookplate, which he placed inside books in his library. When I obtained a Grant of Arms from the College of Arms, London, I had a bookplate designed with the coat of arms. More recently I have taken up the study of bookplates in Australia. I joined the Bookplate Society, London and commissioned a number of additional bookplates for books in my library.
I am interesting in exchanging bookplates, so if any of these illustrations interest you, please let me know.
After a number of years of research, in 2000 I published a register of Australian bookplates known to exist. This involved inspecting bookplate collections in libraries and art galleries in New South Wales, Canberra and Victoria. Over 5700 plates were identified and registered. The details appear in Australian Personal Bookplates (Tudor Australia Press, Adelaide, 2000). Details of the book appear elsewhere on this web site.
If you would like to know more about bookplates, check out the Bookplate Web Ring.