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Collection of bookplates by Edwin Davis French

 Collection
Call Number: BKP 49

Scope and Contents

This collection contains bookplates, original artwork, trial proofs, artist’s proofs, additional process materials, and correspondence related to the production and/or exchange of bookplates by Edwin Davis French.

Dates

  • 1893-1915

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Yale Bookplate Collection was formerly housed in Sterling Memorial Library. The collection was incorporated into the Arts of the Book Collection in 1984 and then moved to the Seeley G. Mudd Library in 1990. In 2011, it was transferred to the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by patron.

Extent

3.34 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/arts.bkp.0049

Overview

This collection contains bookplates, original artwork, trial proofs, artist’s proofs, additional process materials, and correspondence related to the production and/or exchange of bookplates by Edwin Davis French.

Biographical / Historical

Edwin Davis French (1851-1906) was a designer and engraver born in North Attleboro, MA. In 1876 he moved to New York, NY, and he worked as a silver engraver and designer for Frank M. Whiting & Company until 1894. He also studied at the Art Students League. French became focused on copper engraving and designed his first bookplate in 1893. In 1897 he moved to Saranac Lake, NY, and he produced over 300 bookplate designs between 1893 and his death in 1906.

Reference: Brainerd, Ira Hutchinson. Edwin Davis French: A Memorial; His Life, His Art. New York: privately printed [De Vinne Press], 1908.

Processing Information

Some materials included in this collection indicate the provenance of the following bookplate collectors or collections: Joseph Manuel Andreini, Ada and William Fowler Hopson, Henry Rogers Winthrop, Warren Hiram Lowenhaupt, and others.
Title
Guide to the Collection of Bookplates by Edwin Davis French
Author
Compiled by Nathaniel Dolquist
Date
October 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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