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Simple typographical bookplates are termed "book labels". Bookplates typically bear a name , motto , device coat-of-arms , crest , badge , or another motif that relates to the owner of the book, or is requested by the owner from an artist or designer. Bookplates are important evidence for the provenance of books. In the United States, bookplates replaced book rhymes after the 19th century. However, in their modern form, they evolved from simple inscriptions in books which were common in Europe in the Middle Ages, when various other forms of "librarianship" became widespread such as the use of class-marks, call-numbers, or shelfmarks. The earliest known examples of printed bookplates are German, and date from the 15th century. One of the best known is a small hand-coloured woodcut representing a shield of arms supported by an angel, which was pasted into books presented to the Carthusian monastery of Buxheim by Brother Hildebrand Brandenburg of Biberach , about the year —the date being fixed by that of the recorded gift.