Einstein's book-plate design

Here's the design for Albert Einstein's ex-libris bookplate, which he apparently pasted into all his personal books. This is lovely.

The Awesome Doodle That Lets You Know This Book Belonged to Einstein


  1. Surely I’m not the only one thinking Dr. Manhattan. Was/is it common for people to mark their books, or is that something only the famous do?

    1. I’ve bought quite a  few, not always so old books which had them as recently as a couple of years past.

  2. It was quite common (especially in academic circles) to use Exlibris until the late 19th / early 20th century. The tradition to use Exlibris to mark book ownership is old – the first known Exlibris is from the 15th century.

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