This is the second in a series about bookplate artists who have not left much of a published trail.
Edward L. Doty worked in Boston in the 1930's
If you have any bookplates by him which are not shown below please send a scan to
Over time, working together we may be able to build a checklist along with some biographical information for future generations.
In my attempt to find some background information I unearthed the following:
In 1939 Mary E. Doty of Lynn, Mass. donated bookplates engraved by Edward Leighton Doty to the Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston.
None of the bookplates were illustrated but these are the ones for which I will try to obtain images.
Andrew De Coppet
General William Franklin Draper
S.M.Incedo Super Ignes
Mission House, Stockbridge- 10/15/2013, Image found and added below
Perth Amboy High School ,The James Chapman Prize
Henry Parrish Roosevelt
I plan to contact the museum in order to obtain more information and hopefully some additional scans.
11/13/2013 Within hours of yesterday's posting about Edward L. Doty I received the following information:
Just some background on Edward Doty:
Edward Leighton Doty was born in Brockton, MA
on 05 Aug 1895, the son of Edward L. and Mary E. (Dowey) Doty.
Edward had a poem entitled “Thankfully Received” published in Breezy
Stories, v. 5, #5, January 1918, p. 74. In
1918, he was employed as a copper plate engraver for J. P. Ogdin?, 7 West St.,
Boston. In the 1920 census for Cambridge, MA, he is listed as an
engraver in a stationery store, and in 1930 as an engraver. It is
likely that he never married, and seems to have resided with his mother until
his death in 1939. The Boston City Directories of 1916-26 list
him as an engraver at various addresses, along with his brother, Kenneth R.
Doty. In 1927, he is listed at 651 Boylston, with the notation
“Doty Studio.” In the 1930-31 Boston City
Directory, he is listed as a “steel and copper plate engraver, with his brother,
Kenneth R. Doty also listed as an engraver at the same address.
The 1937 Cambridge, MA city directory lists Edward without this brother,
as an engraver at 49 Dana.
The Boston Public Library Bookplate was designed by Mr. Doty in 1939 and engraved by A.J. Downey
The Cabot Fund Bookplate was engraved by Mr. Doty in 1937
No you don't need new eyeglasses In 1933 Mr. James D. Henderson a resident of Brookline , Mass. had Mr. Doty engrave a ridiculously small bookplate .It is one sixteenth of an inch wide and two sixteenth inches high .It is nicely mounted in a presentation folder,If you click on the image it will enlarge slightly.
|Leonora Blanche Kimball's plate was engraved in 1938|
|The George Burgess Magrath Library plate was engraved in 1934|
In Mission House bookplate Mr. Doty used the initials ELD
|Stewart Mitchell's plate was designed by Richard Andrew in 1937 and engraved by Mr. Doty in 1938|
|Horton Winter Reed's plate was engraved by Mr. Doty in 1937|
|Charlotte B. Webber's plate was also engraved by Mr. Doty in 1937|
That about wraps it up for today. See you next week.