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publishers' bindings exhibition at Smith College



DECORATIVE DESIGN:=20
PUBLISHERS' CLOTH BINDINGS
IN THE FINISON COLLECTION AT SMITH COLLEGE

Neilson Library, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts            =
March 12-May 29, 2001

This exhibition of 19th-century and early 20th-century American decorated =
bookbindings presents an important overview of the stylistic developments =
in book design from 1865 to 1928.

The exhibition contains 150 items which document American publishers' use =
of bookbinding as a creative artistic design and the book, itself, as an =
object of attraction. On display are designs by some of the most famous =
commercial artists of the time--Will Bradley, Sarah Wyman Whitman, =
Margaret Armstrong, Amy Sacker, Frederic Goudy, Frank Hazen--as well as =
many unidentified designers.

The items on display are selected from approximately 2000 volumes donated =
to the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College in December 1999 by the =
family of Harvey and Myrtle Finison. The Finison Collection contains =
dazzling examples of books by at least 130 American and English designers.

On Wednesday, April 18, bookbinding historian Sue Allen will present a =
lecture "The Book Cover Art of Sarah Wyman Whitman" at 4 pm in the =
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, Smith College.

The focus of the exhibition is from 1890 to 1915, and presents books =
grouped visually according to the following themes:
Books Before 1890, The Use of Gold, The Poster Style, Typographers, =
Macmillan Publishing Company, Continental Design, and Book Designers: =
Sarah Wyman Whitman and Margaret Armstrong.

For more information, e-mail or call the Rare Book Room:
413-585-2906
Barbara Blumenthal: bblument@smith.edu=20



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BARBARA B. BLUMENTHAL
Mortimer Rare Book Room Assistant
Neilson Library
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Tel.: 413-585-2907    Fax: 413-585-4486
e-mail: bblument@smith.edu

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