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Welcome to the online gallery.
The real gallery is near Hudson, New York
about 30 miles south of Albany.

We are pleased to present

Trade Bindings with
Native American Themes

The Indians' Book
Recorded and edited by Natalie Curtis
Unsigned cover design, likely by Angel de Cora ((Hinook Mahiwi Kilinaka, Winnebago)
Harper and Brothers, 1907

Yosemite Legends
by Bertha Smith
Cover by Florence Lundborg
Paul Elder, 1904

American Indian Dance Steps
by Bessie Evans and May G. Evans
Unsigned cover design incorporating frontispiece by Poyege, San Ildefonso Indian
A. S. Barnes, 1931

Indian Horrors
by Henry Davenport Northrop
Unsigned cover design
Imperial, 1891

Astoria and The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, USA
by Washington Irving
Cover designs and variants by Margaret Armstrong
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1897, 1898

The Vanishing Race
by Dr. Joseph K. Dixon (Ka-Ra-Kon-Tie ― Flying Sun ― Mohawk)
Unsigned cover design
Doubleday, Page, 1914

Thank you for visiting the online gallery. This is our first subject theme exhibition in the series covering the Golden Age of publishers' bindings. It features decorative and pictorial cover designs with Native American themes created by Margaret Armstrong, Frank Hazenplug, The Decorative Designers, Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, Blanche Helen McLane, Rome K. Richardson, George W. Hood, Thomas Watson Ball, Angel de Cora, and many others.

The exhibition includes books authored by Native American men and women, rare books including a privately printed edition with a DD design, cover designs by Native American artists, fiction and non-fiction. Together the covers present a broad view of culture and conflict, with a wide variety of subject matter from different points of view and directed at diverse readerships, from juvenile to scholarly.

A catalog is now in preparation, and pre-publication discount subscriptions are available.

Online Exhibition Archive

In the previous six exhibitions we showed a total of 1,500 designs by over 140 known designers and many anonymous ones.

The catalog of the Thomas Watson Ball Exhibition is available. The exhibition ended March 30, 2013 and was acquired by Penn State University in its entirety.

The catalog of the Third Exhibition, with 300 designs, is available. The exhibition ended June 2, 2011 and was acquired by The Boston Athenaeum in its entirety.

The Second Exhibition, with 300 designs, ended November 20, 2008. That entire collection was acquired by The Lilly Library at Indiana University, Bloomington. The fully illustrated catalog of the second exhibition is available in Limited and Deluxe editions and on CD-ROM.

The First Exhibition ended in August 2005, and that entire collection was acquired by the University of Alabama. A beautiful and comprehensive illustrated catalog was produced that included high resolution images of all 500 designs in the collection plus many variants, as well as bibliographic information. Essays by Richard Minsky on the aesthetic and historical aspects of this art form provide several methodologies for collecting these works, and demonstrate that artists were doing work on book covers that was prototypical of art movements that arose decades later.  

Click here for information on ordering the catalogs of the first three exhibitions of American Publishers' Bindings

Click here for information about the catalog of The Book Cover Art of Thomas Watson Ball

Exhibition Archive:
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)

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. home page

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