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Samples of Dartmouth Library bookplates

The Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth cordially invites all interested Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate students to submit an original design for a new bookplate commemorating Dartmouth College’s 250th anniversary in 2019. All designs will be created using hand-set type, ornaments, and engravings available in the Book Arts Workshop’s letterpress studio. Bookplates incorporating the winning design will be printed by hand and affixed to hardcover copies of the forthcoming coffee table history of Dartmouth. The competition comes with a $250 prize for the winner.

Told through an eclectic mix of text and images, the new history will be a beautifully produced, heavily illustrated and designed to capture the spirit, character, diverse voices, and accomplishments of the College, while implicitly making the case that Dartmouth’s historic contributions to society will only become greater as Dartmouth moves forward in the 21st century. Successful bookplate designs will evoke Dartmouth’s rich heritage while visually acknowledging the College’s unique history of being a forward-looking institution of higher learning.

Deadline for entries: May 31, 2018

Sign up for one of our Letterpress Orientation classes to learn how to set type and print with letterpress.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Bookplate Design Parameters (PDF)

For details, information, and inspiration, email Book Arts Workshop Program manager Sarah Smith at or stop by the Book Arts Workshop on the lower level of Baker Library.