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New book available! "Decorated Cloth in America, Publishers' Binding 1840-1910" by Sue Allen and John Gullans
- Subject: New book available! "Decorated Cloth in America, Publishers' Binding 1840-1910" by Sue Allen and John Gullans
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- Date: Tue, 21 Feb 95 12:11:25 EST
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Oak Knoll Books is exclusively distributing a new book about bookbinding
published by the Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. This book by Sue Allen and
John Gullans, entitled "Decorated Cloth in America, Publisher's Binding
1840-1910" contains two essays, one by Allen and one by Gullans.
Allen's essay describes her discovery of some of the earliest signed
stamps in existence. In it, she also talks about her exploration of the
progress of of ornamental stamping on American book cloth covers with brass
dies during the 19th-century. She uses John Feely's (1842-1877) engraved book
cover stamps to primarily illustrate some of the artistry and craftsmanship
that stamping achieved in this period with American bindings. Allen also
includes a checklist of his cover designs with his signature
Gullans, in this book, concentrates of the later part of the century
by studying Sarah Whitman, a revolutionary and extraordinary leader in the
modern design movement, both as an engraver and supporter of education in the
fine arts. Gullans also discusses the work of Frank Hazen (formerly known as
Frank Hazenplug) which he uses to illustrate the representative conditions in
the publishing trade at the time. Hazen's work evolved into different variants
of a basic design he created for Stone & Kimball, employing borders of
straight rules with simple but elegant lettering. Hazen also added a floret or
device from time to time.
Both these essays are accompanied by 32 plates in full color showing
reproductions of Feely's, Whitman's and Hazen's covers. This book can be
considered an important new work on a subject of increasing interest to those
studying American binding and publishing. Available only in paperback, 107
pages, $35.00 plus shipping, Order No. 41220.
To order or if you have other questions, please contact Oak Knoll Books at:
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