Edwin Davis French
Edwin Davis French (1851–1906) was a bookplate engraver, who produced at least 330 engravings beginning in 1893.
Born in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, his artistic career had begun in 1869 with silver engraving for the Whiting Manufacturing Company. Later, he became a founding member and trustee of the American Fine Arts Society. Two men who influenced French's work were Albrecht Dürer and Charles W. Sherborn. Many of his patrons belonged to the Grolier Club.
His obituary in the New York Times relates:
Mr. French's hobby was universal language, for he was a facile linguist. He was Secretary of the Volapük Society of America, and had a considerable library in that language. Esperanto (sic) and Idiom Neutral similarly attracted him. He was a member of the American Fine Arts Society, the International Academy of Volapük, Ex-Libres Society of London, Ex-Libres Verein of Berlin, the Grolier Club, National Arts Club, Club of Odd Volumes, and Bibliophile Society.
- Brainerd, Ira Hutchinson (1908). Edwin Davis French, A Memorial: His Life, His Art. New York, N.Y.: The De Vinne Press. OCLC 3624693.
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- University of Rochester Library Bulletin Vol. II #2, February 1947, by Mary E. Oemisch
- Journal of Library History, vol. 20 #2, Spring 1985, pp. 196-9, by Robert Nikirk
- Bookplates by Edwin Davis French in the University of Delaware Library's William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection
- Contemporary book citing French and his prominent clients, amongst other bookplate engravers of the era.