Hereby presenting an excerpt from the foreword to the collection Adrian J. Iorio and his Book Plates (1903). It tells the story of today’s Free Friday Vintage Coloring Page.
“The pictorial ex-Iibris, as a rule, reveals, or is intended to reveal, the beautiful in book-plates. How much nicer it is to affix a handsome label by some good artist to our books than to add a poor armorial or unsightly name label. Every day, perhaps, if we all look at our treasures that often, one might open the leaves of some book, and meet this example of the artist’s best thoughts, a forerunner of the treats in store in the volume.”
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