The Modernist Master of 1878 – 1881
 
Collected and described by Richard Minsky


Aboard the Mavis
by Richard Markham
New York: Dodd, Mead &. Co., 1880

In 1878 a book cover appeared that was decades ahead of the art movements incorporated in its design. We see elements of Constructivism, Futurism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Graffiti. Over the following three years several other titles, primarily juveniles, were issued by various publishers in Boston and New York that have similar artistic foundations.

This book is a fully color illustrated essay on who the artist may be. It focuses on John La Farge and his student, Sarah Wyman Whitman.

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Mr. Bodley Abroad
by Horace Scudder
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1881


A Warm Night
Sarah Wyman Whitman
Oil on canvas, 1889



Captain John Smith
by Charles Dudley Warner
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1881

Edition printed in full color with Epson archival UltraChrome HG2 pigment inks, in a 6½" x 9" format, hand sewn with linen thread, in a hardcover binding with cover design and endpapers adapted from the works in the book, and a clear polyester dust jacket. Edition of 35 signed and numbered copies. 34 pages. Please allow three weeks for delivery, as each copy is hand bound on receipt of the order.
Publication price: $300.00

The Modernist Master of 1878 – 81     

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The previous exhibition catalogs in this series documented more than 1,400 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.

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2016

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2014
 

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Thomas Watson Ball

 2012

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1872-1929

Volume 1, 2006

Volume 2, 2009

Volume 3, 2010

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