Bookplates and stars by Bruno da Osimo

Bruno da Osimo (born Bruno Marsili, 1888-1962) signed his bookplate wood engravings with his pseudonym and a growing number of stars. At first he added only one, as his trademark, then he started adding two, and finally three. It was a way for him to remember people he loved – and who had died too soon: his wife Alma in 1936, and his sister Anita in 1938 – in his work.

Da Osimo was an author and a woodcutter; he started producing xylographies and became interested in the specific art of “ex libris” stamps around 1918, after meeting the pre-Raphaelite painter and engraver Adolfo De Carolis.

Here is a small selection of his works. One of them reads, “Ars laetitia / solacium cordis”, a Latin motto meaning “art is happiness and consolation for the heart”. Da Osimo made it for himself, with larger stars than usual.

Photos via:
http://art-exlibris.net

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo, per Umberto di Savoia e Vittorio Emanuele III - bookplate for Umberto of Savoy and Victor Emmanuel III

For Umberto of Savoy and Victor Emmanuel III

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo, per Gianni Mantero

For Gianni Mantero

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo, per Gianni Mantero

For Gianni Mantero

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo, per Gianni Mantero

For Gianni Mantero

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo, per Gianni Mantero

For Gianni Mantero

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo, per Gualberto Gennari

For Gualberto Gennari

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo, per Hanns Heeren

For Hanns Heeren

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo, per Mansueto Fenini

For Mansueto Fenini

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo

For C. B.

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo, per Willem Zimmerman

For Willem Zimmerman

Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo

For himself (Auximas Brunus)

Ex libris, Bruno da Osimo

For himself

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