A unique and beautiful set of three original block printed Art Nouveau bookplates c1910.
The meticulous artwork is done in the sensuous Art Nouveau style.
The black and white design depicts a woman holding a chalice, a panther paces at her feet.
She is scantily clad with a luxurious fur coat draped from her shoulders.
The background has birds swooping in around her and stylized smoke or clouds highlighting the circle…perhaps the moon?
The *artwork is done in the style of Aubrey Beardsley or Erte, possibly made exclusively for the books of poems by **Elias Lieberman, American poet and educator.
His name is beautifully printed on the top left side.
Each plate measures 3&5/8" by 5".
Excellent unused condition, the paper is very nice quality, the printings are crisp and clear.
These would be beautiful framed as a triptyck.
A stunning and unique treasure from the Art Nouveau period.
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*Bookplates, also known as ex-libris, have since the 15th century been placed in books to declare ownership. Many artists, some famous such as William Hogarth, Aubrey Beardsley and John Piper.
**Elias Lieberman’s most famous poem, “I Am an America,” was published in 1916 by the popular periodical Everybody’s. The poem soon became a favorite, recited at graduation ceremonies and American Legion meetings.