International Exlibris Congress 2020
The Bookplate Society is hosting the FISAE congress at Cambridge in August 2020
We anticipate running two competitions and three exhibitions:
(1) An exhibition based on an international competition
with rules and prizes similar to the one arranged for Vologda in 2016 CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
(2) An exhibition of exlibris work submitted in a parallel competition open to artists resident in the UK and Republic of Ireland. We particularly wish to encourage British and
Full details of these competitions will be announced nearer the time.
(3) As well as these contemporary exhibitions, historic material will be on display, comprising a wide selection of the original bookplates featured in a book now in preparation by Bryan Welch
and Geoffrey Vevers entitled Famous in their time, Ex-Libris of Britons who made a mark (or a similar title). It is to be published by The Bookplate Society in the first half
of 2020 as the members book for 2019/2020.
The 400 bookplates discussed and illustrated
will include those of men and women celebrated for their achievements, or who, in a few cases, became notorious for their misdeeds. Not all
famous persons used bookplates as marks of ownership in their books, and there are many individuals whose celebrity, though great while they lived, has
faded in the passing years. So we find some surprising omissions and interesting inclusions.
This book will be printed in an edition that
enables it to be distributed to members of The Bookplate Society and to participants in the planned Cambridge congress, as well as being available
for sale to other visitors to the exhibition.