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What do you call the thing - a small imprinted piece of paper - that an owner attaches inside the front of a book to mark it as his own?

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Book name tag? Book name label? –  Kevin Workman Feb 3 at 18:35
    
This is what we've put on ours, from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales > For hym was levere have at his beddes heed > Twenty bookes, clad in blak or reed, > Of Aristotle and his philosophie, > Than robes riche, or fithele, or gay sautrie. librarius.com/canttran/genpro/genpro287-310.htm –  Ethan Bolker Feb 4 at 1:17
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It’s a book-plate, in the OED’s definition:

A label, usually pasted inside the front cover of a book, bearing the name or crest of the owner, or other device indicating ownership, position in a library, etc.

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If this book should chance to roam, box its ears and send it home. –  tobyink Feb 3 at 21:22
    
@tobyink: Do you know why I write the initials P.R.T.O. prominently somewhere on the book-plate page? They stand for Please Return To Owner!! –  rhetorician Feb 4 at 19:18
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As wikipedia says -

A bookplate, also known as ex-librīs [Latin, "from the books of..."], is usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the inside front cover, to indicate its owner. Simple typographical bookplates are termed "booklabels".

Also, In the United States, bookplates replaced book rhymes after the 19th century.

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YES! Bookplate was the word I couldn't remember. Thank you all so much! –  user64596 Feb 3 at 19:32
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It is an "Ex Libris" bookplate (or stamp), usually placed on the inside of the front, whereupon one writes one's name as owner of the book (or orders them pre-printed with one's name).

This is a popular one in the US.

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