Friday, September 03, 2004

Japanese Ex-libris Stamps

Japanese Ex-libris Stamps from The National Diet Library

Ex-libris ownership stamps come in a variety of forms each showing its own special characteristics depending on the era in which it was used as well as the kind of place it was used in, and the person's occupation and social standing in the case of a personal ex-libris ownership stamp. Those used by the feudal lords were grandiose and imposing in their style and those used by men of letters had more refined texts and designs. And by looking at the design and text of an ex-libris stamp, we can grasp the spirit of the book lover in the deepest reaches of the owner's heart as they are surely hidden there.

There are larger images of the stamped materials.

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