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Does affixing an "owner" bookplate to a book change the collectible value of the book?

Dear John:
I have been putting my personal bookplate of ownership in my books. Does that decrease the books' value? What do you suggest I do to show ownership?

John Hutchinson replies:
From the Library of Book Plate ExampleA book collection is certainly a cause for pride in ownership. However, permanently affixing an "owner" bookplate, seal, or stamp on any page of the book or dust jacket devalues it. To show ownership, I suggest slipping the ownership bookplate in-between the protective acetate cover and the front flap of the dust jacket.


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