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Book Plates are placed on the inside covers of your books. History shows us that plates have been employed for hundreds of years to insure that books are returned to their rightful owner.

The surface of these plates have been enhanced with Ebru, the Turkish style of paper marbling. Paper marbling is a familiar decorative treatment found on many old books.

Pattern: French Curl
The 15th century process of Ebru provides a one of a kind decorative pattern on each plate. The French Curl pattern found on these book plates is a variation of an original European pattern. This variation has a small diameter curl. I have chose to scale the pattern to fit these book plates.

Set of six (6 units)
Each acid free plate in this set of 6(six) measures 2 3/16” x 3 5/16”. An adhesive has not been applied. The choice of adhesive has been left to you. I suggest a acid free glue stick or school paste.

I hope these classic labels will amuse your inner bibliophile.
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The French Curl pattern is believed to have originated in France shortly after the French started marbling. Examples dating as early as 1660 ca. have been identified. Early curl patterns were formed by indiscriminately drawing a curl with a single thin stylus. Later French Curls tended to be more regular in their placement. A rake tool with multiple styli set at regular intervals allows the marbler to draw multiple curls simultaneously. This variation is very rhythmic in its form.

Description of paper marbling technique.
In his book, “The Art of Marbling” the English master paper marbler Charles Woolnough, made what is now the accepted definition of paper marbling; “Marbling is an art which consists in the production of certain patterns and effects, by means of colors prepared as to float upon a preparation of mucilaginous liquid, possessing certain antagonistic properties to the colors prepared for the purpose, and which colors when so prepared, floated, and formed into patterns upon the surface of the liquid, are taken off by laying thereon a piece or sheet of paper, or dipping therein the smoothly cut edges of a book.” This early 1850s book is considered the first comprehensive manual of paper marbling.(1)

(1) Page 2, Marbled Paper; Its History, Techniques, and Patterns. Richard J. Wolf.

French Red Ochre, French Yellow Ochre, and Prussian Blue Book Plates with French Curl Pattern


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  • Materials: laser writer printing, decorative finish of inert inorganic pigments, 70 lb alkaline buffered acid free paper
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