This post is for the benefit of the people who come to this blog after Googling things like “ex libris definition,” “definition of ex libris” or things of that nature — a decently regular source of traffic to this blog. I don’t want to leave those people high and dry, so here’s the meaning of the phrase ex libris.
Here’s the definition from Wikipedia:
“Ex Libris is a Latin phrase, meaning literally, ‘from the books.’ It is often used to indicate ownership of a book, as in ‘from the books of…’ or ‘from the library of…'”
The phrase is usually used on bookplates. Here are a couple of examples, followed by one in a book. Go ahead and click the images to follow on through to their original sites, if you want, for some more examples.
I hope this was informative!