American Book Design and William Morris

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British Library, 1996 - Crafts & Hobbies - 258 pages
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Dr. Thompson distinguishes the elements of what has heretofore seemed to be a confused stream of forms - the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Aesthetic styles. She analyzes historical material drawn from rare published and unpublished sources, as well as the stylistic elements themselves of books that, largely forgotten now, were major events for the young artists in this typographic revolution. There are 111 illustrations of bindings, title pages, type, and decorations, as well as a very extensive bibliography.
Dr. Thompson's landmark study, American Book Design and William Morris, is the first one to document in depth the real extent of Morris' influence on American bookmaking. A unique, profusely illustrated contribution to American intellectual and cultural history, it will appeal not only to book designers, art historians, typographers, and graphic artists, but also to librarians, book collectors, and students of literature.

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Contents

The Ordinary Book of the Nineteenth Century
1
Bibliophilic Aspirations
5
Ticknor 1886
7
Classic Romantic Book Styles
10
J M Stoddart 1882
13
The Arts Crafts Movement
16
Grolier Club 1889
19
The Arts Crafts Book Model
22
The SawBuck Philosopher Williamstown Privately printed 1895
84
Containing the Order for the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist According to the Use of the American Church Boston Merrymount Press 1896
85
Advertisement for The Altar Book
86
Joseph Knight 1896
87
Crowell 1897
88
A Mystical Drama by Richard Wagner Retold in the Spirit of the Bayreuth Interpretation New York Crowell 1910
90
Merrymount Press 1900
91
Merrymount Press 1904
93

Contemporary Comment
28
Roberts Brothers 1891
29
Kelmscott 1895
32
Boston Its Literary Publishers
38
Elzevir Press 1892
39
Being the Gospel of Inaction Boston Cope land Day 1893
42
A Young Mans Tragedy Together with The Love Sonnets of Proteus Boston Copeland Day 1895
46
A Tale of Mediaeval France Boston Copeland Day 1898
48
Copeland Day 1895
49
An Elegy and Other Poems Mainly Personal Boston Copeland Day 1895
50
Copeland Day 1894
51
Small Maynard 1902
52
A Book of the Unseen Boston Lamson Wolffe 1895
53
Bruce Rogers J M Bowles
55
L Prang Co 1896
57
Critical ir Biographical Indianapolis J M Bowles 1895
60
Crowell n d
63
Houghton Mifflin 1896
65
Commercial Printing in Boston
69
Scribners 1897
73
Scribners 1900
74
The Arts Crafts Years of Daniel Berkeley Updike
76
Riverside Press 1891
77
Houghton Mifflin 1892
79
De Vinne Press 1893
80
Updike 1894
82
Updike 18941895
83
Chicago Its Literary Publishers
96
Stone
97
Kimball 1893
99
Herbert S Stone Co 1896
100
Way Williams 1897
101
Private Presses in the Chicago Area
104
Blue Sky Press 1901
106
R F Seymour 1902
109
The Typographic Styles of Will H Bradley
111
Stone Kimball 1894
112
Burrows Brothers 1895
113
Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald New York Published for Will Bradley by R H Russell 1897
115
His Book Springfield Wayside Press 1896
117
His Book Springfield Wayside Press 1897
119
Frederic W Goudy His Proteges
127
New York Trade Publishing
139
Theodore Low De Vinnes Opinion of Arts Crafts
145
Commercial Private Presses in the New York Area
156
An American William Morris
168
The Aesthetic Pirate
190
Presses in the Rest of the Country
198
Some American Versions of Kelmscott Types
211
Chronology Perspectives
215
Morris Statements on Book Design
223
Manuscripts
250
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About the author (1996)

Susan Otis Thompson taught at the School of Library Service, Columbia University.

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