Bookplates, also known as ex libris, are labels pasted to the inside front cover of a book indicating ownership. Some bookplates were designed with ornate images and ornamentation. Artists often employed engraving techniques such as wood cuts, and copper or steel plates to create their prints. Bookplates have been recognized as miniature works of art.
This collection consists of twentieth-century bookplates created or acquired from exchange by the Hong Kong Exlibris Association. Represented in the collection are prominent Hong Kong bookplate artists such as Malou Hung (熊愛儀), Yu Yuan Hong (余元康), as well as important artists from Taiwan, China, Japan and Europe.
The Library is grateful to the Hong Kong Exlibris Association for their generous donation of ninety prints to the collection.
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