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Germany, 1990

XXIII. International Ex-libris Congress, Mönchengladbach, FRG,
30 August – 2 September, 1990

The centenary of the German Bookplate Society marked the occasionof the meeting, held in the home town of the society's president Gernot Blum. Two subjects were raised there for the first time: “Bookplates and Commerce”, a talk by Klaus Rödel, and “Bookplates with computer-aided design”, commented on by Francesc Orenes. There were a number of memorable exhibitions , of which “Death in ex-libris” in Rheydt Castle,; three shows in the Altes Zeughaus (“The beginnings of bookplates in Dürer's time”, “Dürer in modern bookplates”, and “Dawn of modernism: the bookplate around 1900”). At the delegates' meeting, André Vercammen raised the problem of pseudo-ex-libris (bookplates not made for a real person or institution). A text was submitted concerning standard rules for describing bookplates, but a final text – despite substantial input from AFCEL and Graphia – still remains to be adopted. The Catalan, Estonian and K.M.E./Poland societies were admitted.

 Pepita Palle and Jeanne Rasdolsky
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