a label, often specially designed, pasted in a book to identify its owner
A label bearing the owner's name or other identification that is pasted usually on the inside cover of a book. Also called ex libris.
- A printed piece of paper pasted on one of the pages of a book, most often on the inside front cover, showing ownership and thus deterring theft.
- 2005 : By the bed there was a bookcase with old French novels, left-behind Frederick Forsyths, odd leather-bound volumes of history and memoirs with the coroneted Kessler bookplate. - Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, (Bloomsbury Publishing, paperback edition, 259)