Artist/Designer

Edwin Davis French

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Commissioned for

Edwin B. Holden

Signed

Yes

Description

An engraved pictorial bookplate on sepia tinted paper with black ink. There's a passage written in Latin "'Delectant libri prosperitate feliciter arridente; consolantvr individve nvbila fortvna terrente' De Bvry", the first part being everything before the semicolon translates to "They delight in the prosperity of books, smiling happily". Framing the passage is a minimal calligraphic border. Above it is an open book with a man's portrait on the right page. On top of the book is a candlelight and beside the open book are more books standing up with spines facing out. Below the passage are a bunch of lillies and a naked woman kneeling on one knee. She has a leaf crown and a harp in her hand. There are two dramatic facial expression masks facing away from each other. The bookplate says "Ex Libris Edwin B. Holden", ex libris is used to identify the owner of the bookplate.

Condition

Affixed on card stock

Bookplate Function

Ownership

Object Type

Bookplate

Bookplate Type

Pictorial

Language

Romanian and Latin

Date or Era

c. 19th-20th Century

Object Size

8.8 x 6.5 cm

Bookplate Collection Number

BA465

Subject

Bookplate designers

Subject

Bookplates--Specimens

Subject

Books—Owners’ marks

Part of

Bookplate Collection of Christine Price

Donor

Christine Price

Digital Publisher

Copley Library, University of San Diego

Date Digitized

2023-03-27

Image Format

image/jpeg

Image File Size

276 KB

Image File Location

S:\Bookplates\French, Edwin Davis\TIF Images\BA465.tif

Repository

Special Collections, Copley Library, University of San Diego

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