The Gallery Archive
on the Books of
Amelia E. Barr
[Exhibition ended March 31, 2016]
to the online gallery.
The real gallery is near Hudson, New York
about 30 miles southeast of Albany.
This exhibition had a printed catalog. Click here for ordering information and some photos of individual bindings.
Scroll down and enjoy some photos of the
Links to web archives of previous exhibitions are at the bottom of the page, along with information about their catalogs.
For more information about American publishers' bindings, visit the blog.
The books all have mylar dust
jackets, so there are some reflections of the lights in these photos.
Below are snapshots of some of the cabinets. There are more than a hundred items in the exhibition.
This cabinet includes covers by Alice Cordelia Morse, William Snelling Hadaway, Blanche McManus Mansfield, and Charles Buckles Falls.
Huddleston Barr (March 29, 1831-March 10, 1919) was a popular author of
historical romance. Publishers assigned
some of the best artists to design her covers.
Her life story is exceptional. Born in England, she and her husband emigrated to America in 1853, had nine children, six of whom died, the last three of yellow fever in Galveston, along with her husband, in 1867. Amelia and the three remaining daughters moved to New York, and she supported the family writing articles, stories and poems for magazines.
She was an influential advocate of Women's Rights. Click here to read a powerful statement from her autobiography.
Her novel Jan Vedder's Wife was published by Dodd, Mead & Co. in 1885 (she was 54), and was a popular success. Though she kept writing for magazines, most of her work was devoted to novels after that. With more than 70 published books to her credit, the last one finished when she was 87, she died a few weeks before her 88th birthday, leaving an unfinished manuscript.
The cabinet above includes some of the earliest bindings and covers by Thomas Watson Ball and Evelyn W. Clark.
This exhibition is different from our previous ones in
that it focuses on books by one author. She is of particular interest not
just because of her life and works, but her high output from the
1880s to 1918 gives us a marvelous set of publishers' bindings that represent the
transition of cover art from Eastlake post-Victorian styling to Arts and
Crafts, Japonisme, Art Nouveau and Poster style.
Above case includes Alice C. Morse, some early covers, and the original manuscript of Thyra Varrick.
Covers by Amy Richards, early covers, and the Thyra Varrick manuscript.
The above photo includes Amy Richards covers, a likely T. W. Ball, and the Thyra Varrick manuscript.
Click here for catalog subscription information and some photos of individual bindings in this exhibition.
American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929 (ended August 2005)
30 Years of Book Art: 1974-2003 (ended July, 2007)
American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929 Second Exhibition (ended November 2008)
American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929 Third Exhibition (ended June, 2011)
American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929 Fourth Exhibition (ended February, 2012)
The Book Cover Art of Thomas Watson Ball (ended March 30, 2013)
American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929 Fifth Exhibition (ended July, 2013)
American Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933 (ended September, 2014)
A traditional hand bindery occupies half the gallery building. When visiting you can see work in progress. Click any of the sections below to see Minsky bindings created from 1968 to recently.
To continue the exhibition, click one of the sections
Each section has several thumbnail images and descriptions of the works. You can click on any image for a page about that work, with larger pictures and details.
Section A Bindings 1968-79
Section B Bindings 1979-85
Section C Bindings 1986-88
Section D Sculptural Bookworks from 1988
Section E Bindings 1988-94
Section F Painted Car, Watercolor studies, Bindings
Section G The Bill of Rights, 1993-
Section H Bindings on books by Erica Jong
Guest Books and Blank books
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