As I worked on cleaning up the bookplates, I couldn’t help but notice how many times I saw an owl depicted on the plates. The owl is sacred to the Greek goddess of learning, Athena and is even depicted on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of status, intelligence and of course, wealth. But there is also their association with wisdom, which might be why owls are on a lot of the plates.
Here are some of the owls I have found.
Owls are not the only birds depicted in the bookplates, there are also others, including several chickens!