Copley Library’s Japanese bookplate collection is part of a much larger collection of over 4,000 bookplates donated by Christine Price to the San Diego College for Women. The seventy-eight Japanese bookplates in this collection represent the work of forty-two different artists working during the early 1960s. Using a very simple range of colors to create woodblock prints, these bookplates are bright and colorful, employing both representational and abstract imagery. Japanese bookplates were largely commissioned works, paid for by the book owner and then collected by the Nippon Exlibris Association, a group founded in 1957.
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