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ex libris

[eks lee-bris, lahy-]
  1. from the library of (a phrase inscribed in or on a book before the name of the owner): Ex libris Jane Doe.
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noun, plural ex li·bris
  1. an inscription in or on a book, to indicate the owner; bookplate.
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Origin of ex libris

First recorded in 1875–80, ex libris is from the Latin word ex lībrīs out of the books (of), from the books (of)
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Historical Examples

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

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    Walter Hamilton

  • 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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    Walter Hamilton

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

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    Walter Hamilton

  • 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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  • Unfortunately it was dispersed on his decease, and his ex-libris given herewith is consequently scarce.

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British Dictionary definitions for ex libris

ex libris

adjective
  1. from the collection or library of: frequently printed on bookplates
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noun ex-libris
  1. a bookplate bearing the owner's name, coat of arms, etc
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin, literally: from the books (of)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ex libris

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

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