It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't register people's coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you'll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
A friend recently sent me a link that I thought was too good to keep to myself, so here I am, sharing it with you!
It's the website of the Pratt Institute Library, and specifically their collection of 19th and 20th Century Ex Libris, or more commonly, bookplates. The collection currently contains some 1, 264 ex libris, many of which are heraldic.
To whet your appetite, here's just two heraldic ex libris from their collection.
I've not at this time gone through the entire collection, but I plan on making the time to do so, if only to get inspired to create some more heraldic bookplates of my own. It's wonderful today what you can create with a computer and just a fairly basic graphics program. As an example, here's my current favorite, created on the same computer I'm using to write this post: