Book Terminology

What Are Book Plates?

Book plates are full page illustrations, pictures, or photographs that are printed separately from the text of the book, but they are bound in during production. Platings add color, texture, and value to books, and they are often gorgeous and riveting. For certain titles, plates are only included in first editions or deluxe editions, and they can often spread over entire sheets of paper. Book plates will also often be in the front of the book, and serve as a way of indicating ownership.

Some of the most beautiful book plates are in books about nature and wildlife.

But if you are looking for some of the most unique, riveting, and disturbing plates in books, be sure to check out some books on medicine and anatomy.

Who knows, someone who is perhaps perusing your book collection will one day be grateful you have a book with such informative plates!

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