Trade Bindings with
Native American Themes
1875-1933


Collected and Described by Richard Minsky


 
The Deluxe Edition is printed in high resolution inkjet with archival pigment inks, in a hardcover binding with page edges in 23K gold over Armenian bole. It features a recessed cloth cover panel reproducing the unsigned cover design for The Indians' Book, by Natalie Curtis, Harper and Brothers, ©1923; Revised edition. The design is likely by Angel de Cora (Hinook Mahiwi Kilinaka, Winnebago).

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The catalogs of publisher's bookbindings being done by Richard Minsky are a fundamental resource in the field. In my last conversation with Sue Allen, she praised his work and told me Richard was "the one to watch."  Richard's research has been invaluable in documenting the extensive holdings of the Book Arts Collection at the University of Washington Libraries and providing correct citations for the digital site we are preparing.

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The Limited Edition is offset printed in full color with archival inks, and features a flexible window cover of bookcloth over 2-ply museum board, with the same cloth panel as the Deluxe Edition above.
 

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This exhibition includes 120 cover designs with Native American themes 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, Amy Rand, George W. Hood and many others.

The books in this exhibition represent a wide variety of viewpoints—by Native American men and women, by white authors of different persuasions, and by people of mixed blood. Through book cover art we see the relationships between indigenous and immigrant Americans, from highly personal accounts to stereotypes.

There is fiction and also fiction purporting to be truth, including a white missionary writing under a pseudonym as an Indian Chief, and a multiracial black man, son of a school janitor, writing as a pureblood Blackfoot Chief.

Non-fiction categories include ethnographics, captivity narratives, songs and dances. Juvenile books include adventure stories for white boys and children's stories created by and for Indians.

There are decorative, symbolic, and pictorial  covers representing a wide variety of cultures from the Arctic to South America, and times from prehistoric to the early 20th century.

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Each copy of the Limited and Deluxe editions is hand sewn with linen thread onto linen tapes.



 
The catalog is issued in two formats to complement the print editions of American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929 and The Book Cover Art of Thomas Watson Ball:

Limited Edition printed in full color on an Indigo 5000 digital offset press with the same text as the Deluxe Edition, but in the slightly smaller 12" x 9" format, hand bound, sewn with linen thread, in a flexible cloth cover with a design adapted from one of the covers in the exhibition, an archival inkjet printed dust wrapper, and polyester protective overwrap. Edition of 100 signed and numbered copies.

Price: $495.00.


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LIMITED EDITION
Trade Bindings with
Native American Themes
1875-1933

$495.00

Deluxe Edition limited to 25 signed and numbered copies 13" x 9.5" with color photos of all bindings in the exhibition, printed in archival high resolution 6-color inkjet, hand bound in a hardcover cloth binding with a design adapted from one of the covers in the exhibition.

Price:$795.00.

Please allow 4 weeks for delivery.

DELUXE EDITION
Trade Bindings with
Native American Themes
1875-1933
$795.00

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The previous exhibition catalogs in this series documented more than 1,200 book covers.
Together they provide an extensive resource for curators, catalogers, scholars,
art historians, designers, collectors, and students of material culture.
Many institutions have acquired them.
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The previous exhibition catalogs in this series documented more than 1,200 book covers.
Together they provide a valuable resource for curators, catalogers, scholars,
art historians, designers, collectors, and students of material culture.
Many institutions have acquired them.

The Book Cover Art of
Thomas Watson Ball

 

American Decorated
Publishers' Bindings
1872-1929

Volume 1, 2006

Volume 2, 2009

Volume 3, 2010

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