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ex libris

[eks lee-bris, lahy-] /ɛks ˈli brɪs, ˈlaɪ-/
1.
from the library of (a phrase inscribed in or on a book before the name of the owner):
Ex libris Jane Doe.
noun, plural ex libris
2.
an inscription in or on a book, to indicate the owner; bookplate.
Origin of ex libris
1875-1880
1875-80; < Latin ex lībrīs out of the books (of), from the books (of)
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  • Unfortunately it was dispersed on his decease, and his ex-libris given herewith is consequently scarce.

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  • The ex-libris of Lyons are especially notable for their magnitude, as, for example, that of Claude Ruffier.

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  • The collector must be on his guard against modern reprints from old plates, or ex-libris printed from re-engraved copper plates.

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  • British collectors treat these super libros as things apart from ex-libris.

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  • The ex-libris of the Citizen Boyveau-Laffecteur may be cited as an example.

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  • The larger is bound in as a frontispiece; the smaller (the ex-libris) is inserted at the beginning.

  • There has grown up, too, quite a literature about the making of the book beautiful—whereof the ex-libris Series alone is witness.

  • On account of its extreme rarity this ex-libris had long been the subject of doubt and curiosity to collectors, even Mons.

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  • La valeur dun Bibliophile est en raison inverse de la dimension de son ex-libris.

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British Dictionary definitions for ex-libris

ex libris

/ɛks ˈliːbrɪs/
adjective
1.
from the collection or library of: frequently printed on bookplates
noun
2.
a bookplate bearing the owner's name, coat of arms, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, literally: from the books (of)
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Word Origin and History for ex-libris

ex libris

Latin, literally "out of the books (of)," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + ablative plural of liber "book" (see library).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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