The Gallery Archive

The Fifth Exhibition of
American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929

[Exhibition ended July 30, 2013]

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Thank you for visiting the online gallery. This was our fifth exhibition surveying the Golden Age of publishers' bindings. It features 100 cover designs created by Will Bradley, Alic C. Morse, Margaret Armstrong, George Wharton Edwards, F.Berkeley Smith, The Decorative Designers Olive Lothrop Grover, Walter King Stone, W. W. Denslow, Amy Sacker, William S.Hadaway, Harry B. Matthews, W. E. B. Starkweather, Cx, Blanche McManus, Frank Hazenplug, and others. There is no catalog available. The exhibition ended July 10, 2013 and was acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In the previous four exhibitions on this subject, 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.  

Please note: I welcome comments and corrections on any of the captions or catalog information! Click on contact to send me a message. 

Right: In the bindery
a Bertrand Fr?res percussion press is on the left,
 next to a lying press and plough.

Spun Yarn

by Morgan Robertson
Harper & Brothers, 1898
[unsigned, cover artist not identified]

Poems For Travelers
Edited by Mary R. J. Du Bois
Henry Holt and Company, 1908
[Cover art by Walter King Stone, signed S]

The Four-Pools Mystery
by Jean Webster
A. L. Burt, ©1908 The Century Co.
[Cover art by the Decorative Designers, signed DD]

Flowers & Gardens
by Forbes Watson
John Lane, 1901
[Cover art by Will Bradley, unsigned]

As Told by the Typewriter Girl
by Mabel Clare Ervin
E. R. Herrick & Company, ©1898
[Cover art by Blanche McManus, signed B.McM.]

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)

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