Book Plates
Reading Room

The Bookplate Reading Room exhibits the endangered miniature art of ownership plates. Under-cover artworks (literally under -cover) are exposed through the microscopic vision of a macro lens, revealing exquisite levels of detail and personalization.

* All Urbs Indis material is accessible by appointment at the Urban Design Research Institute Library in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. 

*Digitization inquiries will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Please write to [email protected]

Alexander Robert Loftus Tottenham Esquire

(former Diwan of of Pudukkottai)

Personal Bookplate

1861

Henry Edward Bartle Frere

(former Governor of Bombay)

Personal Bookplate

1864

Library, Society of Engineers

Institutional Bookplate with Presentation Inscription

1869

Glasgow University Library

Institutional Bookplate with Presentation Inscription

1898

The Fogg Memorial Library

Institutional Bookplate

Undated – assumed lated 19th Century

Felix Edelmann

Personal Bookplate

1905

Hammond Library of the Chicago Theological Seminary

Institutional Bookplate with Gift Inscription

Undated, assumed 1930’s

University of Cape Town Libraries

Institutional Bookplate

Undated – assumed late 20th Century

Edinburgh University Library

Institutional Bookplate

Undated – assumed early 21st Century

Chicago Public Library

Institutional Bookplate

2007

Alexander Robert Loftus Tottenham Esquire

(former Diwan of of Pudukkottai)

Personal Bookplate

1861

Henry Edward Bartle Frere

(former Governor of Bombay)

Personal Bookplate

1864

Library, Society of Engineers

Institutional Bookplate with Presentation Inscription

1869

Glasgow University Library

Institutional Bookplate with Presentation Inscription

1898

The Fogg Memorial Library

Institutional Bookplate

Undated – assumed lated 19th Century

Felix Edelmann

Personal Bookplate

1905

Hammond Library of the Chicago Theological Seminary

Institutional Bookplate with Gift Inscription

Undated, assumed 1930’s

University of Cape Town Libraries

Institutional Bookplate

Undated – assumed late 20th Century

Edinburgh University Library

Institutional Bookplate

Undated – assumed early 21st Century

Chicago Public Library

Institutional Bookplate

2007

Urbs Indis is an urban aerial photography studio and archival library founded by Mumbai based architect and artist Robert D Stephens (RMA Architects). Since 2007 he has been documenting urban India from 10,000 feet above sea level, in black and white as well as colour photography.

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Website design by Tina Nandi Stephens