Commissioning A Bookplate

PLEASE NOTE that I am not accepting new bookplate commissions at the moment..

However, I am happy to receive enquiries  about commissions to design and engrave a personal bookplate. I will also print editions of up to 200 bookplates in a Victorian handpress or help you find a a skilled printer. Here are the main points to consider:



I prefer to make bookplates that fit in with my interests, especially landscape, wildlife and architecture. I have displayed a variety of my bookplates in my Bookplate Gallery. Please feel free to contact me with your ideas.



The design process will usually start with an emailed conversation to work out the size and subjects of the bookplate. I will produce a number of sketched drawings and then, after further consultation, I will make a final design drawing for your approval.


Ownership of The Block

I normally retain ownership of the engraved block. If you wish to purchase the block, please make this clear when you are commissioning the plate


Your Bookplates

All of your bookplates will be original prints from the engraved woodblock. I can comfortably print two hundred bookplates by hand. You will also receive some signed proofs on larger paper- these are suitable for framing or gifts. You may also purchase some or all of the original drawings that I make.



Your bookplate will usually be engraved on English boxwood. This allows me to engrave in great detail and also makes very good printed impressions. I normally use black ink but can consider printing in another colour if you prefer. I usually print on Zerkall mould made paper. This is a good archival paper that takes a strong impression from the wood. Unfortunately, this historic paper mill has closed after flooding but I can use a similar paper. Please note that this is not gummed paper. The plates do need to be pasted into books. Instructions are given in my Bookplate menu.


How Long Does The Process Take?

There is now a huge demand for my work and there is always a waiting list for bookplates. There is nothing that I do that can be rushed. There is a limit to the number of bookplate commissions I can take on  but I would do my best to estimate how long it would be before you receive your bookplates.


How Much Does It Cost?

This depends on the size of the block, the complexity of the engraving and the number of bookplates required. A small, simple bookplate in small quantities is relatively inexpensive. I would be happy to give you an estimate.