Alphonse Alkan

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Alphonse Alkan (also known as Alphonse the Elder) was a French printer, bibliographer, and author; born in Paris, 1809, died at Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1889.[1] He was a brother of Eugène Alcan but the reason for the difference in the orthography of the family name has never been explained.[2] He first worked as a practical printer, then wrote for various typographical and bibliographical reviews, and subsequently was appointed secretary and proof-reader to the Count de Clarac, keeper of the Museum of Antiquities in the Louvre.[1] Alkan was a prolific writer and the author of many books, pamphlets, and articles, which deal with the art and history of printing and illustrating as well as with bibliography.[1]

The Jewish Encyclopedia lists his most important books as:

  • Les Femmes Compositrices d'Imprimerie sous la Révolution Française de 1794, par un Ancien Typographe, 1862 (anonymous)
  • Les Graveurs de Portraits en France, 1879
  • Documents pour Servir à l'Histoire de la Librairie Parisienne, 1879
  • Les Livres et Leurs Ennemis, 1883
  • Les Etiquettes et les Inscriptions des Boîtes-Volumes de Pierre Jannet, Fondateur de la Bibliothèque Elzéverienne, 1883
  • Edouard René Lefèbvre de Laboulaye, un Fondeur en Caractères, Membre de l'Institut, 1886
  • Berbignier et SonLivre: les Farfadets, 1889
  • Les Quatre Doyens de la Typographie Parisienne, 1889

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ALKAN, ALPHONSE. Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901-1906. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  2. ^ ALCAN, EUGÈNE. Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901-1906. Retrieved 20 April 2014.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainJewish Encyclopedia. 1901–1906.