Ex Libris

History of the collection

The Biblioteca Nacional, which had a small representation of ex-libris, acquired in 1968 and 1969, the collections created by their owners messrs Porter and concepción Montsalvatje of Barcelona and Sáenz Fernández Casariego of Madrid and in 1977 of Concepció Careaga. Among the three form an exceptional set for the quality and quantity of their works, a spanish artists, but the majority of engravers foreigners were dedicated to this field of art. In this collection there are works of excellent engravers nineteenth and early twentieth century. It is worth noting the diversity of imprinting processes in them employees and the variety of topics covered.

In 1989 was issued the catalogue of Ex-libris of Spanish Libraries in the Biblioteca Nacional including works of excellent engravers nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Among the main issues raised during the ex-libris of spanish libraries include cervantinos and especially those who represent scenes of don quixote, animals, tiles, children, humorísticos, gruesome, medical and religious backgrounds, the latter divided into subjects and pilgrimages santos.

In the collection of ex-libris of the Biblioteca Nacional stand out for their historical interest in the Real House of Spain. A very important is the ex libris recorded by Goya to Jovellanos. But also amongst the spanish artists working with ex libris there are important painters and artists, as Lorenzo Brunet, Alejandro Cardunets, Ramon Casals and Vernís, gaetan Cornet, joaquín Dieguez, D ’ Ivori, joaquín Folch, Luis García Falgás, Juan García-junceda, Antonio Ollé Pinel, Ricardo Opisso, joaquín Pla Dalmau, Alejandro de Riquer, Ismael Smith, josé Triadó etc.