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2006-12, 352, Bookplates, Notes and Queries

New Australian Bookplate Society

A meeting to form the New Australian Bookplate Society was held in Sydney on Sunday, 22 October 2006. A draft consititution was finalised, office bearers elected and committee appointed, and a number of activities canvassed for the coming year. According to the agreed Constitution, the aims of the Society are to raise awareness of, and promote, bookplates (ex libris) as both a historic and contemporary art form and to bring together individuals with an interest in designing, owning, studying or collecting bookplates.Activities proposed for the coming year include: continuation of the successful Newsletter, of which two numbers have already been issued; production of a directory of members; publication of a finely printed booklet containing original bookplates of members; a Society website; and an annual dinner. Interest has been drummed up in the Society for approximately 12 months prior to its official formation, and is already evident from the involvement of artists and designers who have produced a variety of bookplates in this short period. As well, prospective members of the Society have been recruited to date from South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand, as well as New South Wales.The subscription has been set at $30 per year, and a membership application kit is in preparation. Those interested in joining the Society, or in hearing more about it, should contact the President, Professor Mark Ferson at m.ferson@unsw.edu.au or(02) 9428 2863, or the Secretary, Mary Keep at marykeep8@hotmail.com or(02) 9558 8449.

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