Friday, August 23, 2013

New Exhibition

The current exhibition features three topics: Native American themes, books by women, and book covers by women. Below are a few snapshots of the installation.  Sorry about the flash glare from the clear dust jackets and the cabinets.

The above cabinet includes covers by Frank Hazenplug,
Thomas Watson Ball, George W. Hood and
The Decorative Designers.
Wah-See-Ola (1905) is a scarce private printing with a cover by the
Decorative Designers. The Virginian (1902) cover by Rome K. Richardson.

The Crystal Rood (1914) cover by Frank Hazenplug

This cabinet features Adrian Iorio, Lee Thayer, Sarah Wyman
Whitman, Alice C. Morse, Blanche McManus Mansfield,
and Margaret Armstrong.

Above covers by Margaret Armstrong, the Decorative Designers,
Thomas Watson Ball, and W. W. Denslow.
Shelf includes Amy M. Sacker, Margaret Armstrong, Rudolph Schaeffer,
and Alberta Hall. The left case is Florence Lundborg's cover on Yosemite Legends (1904).
The right case has sampler-style covers by Lee Thayer (1898) and A. Hilgenreiner (1887).

Covers by Bertha Stuart, Alice C. Morse.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Now Available in Paperback

The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930 is now available in paperback from George Braziller, with the same high quality paper and printing as the two sold-out hardcover editions. This is a Smyth-sewn paperback—the same sewing used in the cloth editions, so it will open flat and not fall apart. 
     Inside the cover this is exactly the same book that was the recipient of the 2011 Worldwide Books Award for Publications from the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)

Click the cover to see the details on or read about the book and download sample pages at

Thursday, August 1, 2013

An Earlier Incarnation of a Prendergast

Our July 26, 2011 post featured two covers by Maurice Brazil Prendergast, both published by L. C. Page.  One is an 1898 edition of Friendship and Folly by M. L. Pool. Thanks to research by John Lehner, we now have an earlier incarnation of this design, in dark green and gold, issued three years earlier by the Joseph Knight Company as the cover of Nathan Dole's On the Point.
     Louis Coues Page evidently acquired the stamping dies for the artwork when he bought  Knight in 1896. For the later title the design is colorized. Whether Prendergast had any input on the selection of colors is not known.
     Was the 1901 cover for Muriella also taken from an earlier Knight use that we have not yet seen?  Please take a look at the original post and if you have seen another edition that uses that artwork, please post a comment.

Maurice B. Prendergast
On the Point
by Nathan Haskell Dole
Joseph Knight Company, Boston, 1895