Alexandre de Riquer i Ynglada born in a Catalan aristocratic family was a complete Artist in the best Renaissance tradition, having dedicated his attention and skills to painting, poetry and drawing, apart from artworks in wood and enamel.
His illustrations for books and posters became famous and are still sought by art lovers and collectors. A bibliophile himself led also to a keen interest in ex libris as an art form to express the ownership of a book.
The introduction of the modern ex libris in Spain and specially in Cataluña owes much to his efforts both as a bookplate artist (he made more than 100 ex libris), co-founder of the «Revista Ibérica de Ex-Libris» and author of numerous articles on bookplates published in graphic art magazines. With the support of a leading German collector he published in 1903 an artistically decorated and illustrated book on his bookplates - Alexandre de Riquer. Ex Libris, which was published in Barcelona and Leipzig and later on in London.
Still highly considered by contemporary graphic art and ex libris lovers in Europe, specially in Spain and Portugal, his work has been thoroughly studied and scholarly researched by Prof. Eliseu Trenc de Ballester and Prof. Joan-Lluís de Yebra.
Below, there are links to websites dedicated to Alexandre de Riquer's biography, artistic work and particularly to an interesting article by Prof. Eliseu Trenc Ballester & Alan Yates on Alexandre de Riquer - The British Connection in Catalan Modernisme.
http://www.gaudiallgaudi.com/ADd01 A de Riquer Bookplates.htm
Thanks are due to M. Xavier de Riquer for having kindly permitted the use of images of his grand-father portrait and bookplates
Alejandre de Riquer's father - Don Martí de Riquer y de Comelles was the 6th marquis of Benavent and Alejandre de Riquer succeeded his father as 7th count of Casa de Dávalos.
A. de Riquer. Ex Libris 1903, Barcelona, J. Thomas, 1903; Leipzig, 1904; London, William and Norgate, [n/d]
DOMÈNEC, Rafael, El renacimiento del exlibris en España : Riquer y Triadó, in «Revista Ibérica de Exlibris», Vol. III, # 2, Barcelona, 1905, p. 33-37.
RIQUER I PALAU, Josep Mª de / CIRICI Pellicer, Alexandre / TRENC Ballester, Eliseu & alia, Alexandre de Riquer. L' Home, L' Artista, El Poeta, Edit. Comissio Organitzadora de L' Homenatge a Alexander de Riquer, 1978.
RIQUER, Martí de, Quinze generacions d'una família catalana, Barcelona, Quaderns Crema , 1998.
TRENC, Eliseu, Alexandre de Riquer, Caixa Terrassa & Lunwerg S. A. Ed., 2000
YEBRA, Joan-Lluís de, Alexandre de Riquer i l'exlibrisme, Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, 1983.
YEBRA, Joan-Lluís de, Alexandre de Riquer y Ynglada, in «A Arte do ex-libris», APEL, Vol. XIV, # 105, Porto, 1985, p. 13-14.