Now available in paperback, "…this is one book you don't want to miss.” – Fine Books & Collections Magazine
At the turn of the nineteenth century, book covers were revered as works of art. Publishers commissioned distinguished artists such as Maxfield Parrish and Rockwell Kent to create exquisite covers appreciated by authors and readers alike. The Art of American Book Covers is an entertaining and educational retrospective, lavishly illustrated with more than one hundred full-color plates.
|Publisher:||Braziller, George Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Richard Minsky's work is collected internationally by major museums and libraries. He is the founder of the Center for Book Arts in New York City (1974), which has mounted over two hundred exhibitions during the past thirty-six years and offers a hundred classes and workshops. He has taught and lectured at many universities and art schools. In 2010 Yale University, repository of The Richard Minsky Archive, presented an exhibition of a half century of his work.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A collection of stunning American art nouveau & art deco graphic designs from 1875 - 1930 to be savored. The art of book publishing from the golden age; early 20th Century books with fabulous bindings, which are being discarded from your local library as we speak. Beautiful color photography of beautiful images!
Consider yourself warned ¿ serious ¿book lust¿ will ensue if you even begin to crack the cover of this unassuming slim volume! The art and craft displayed here is simply amazing, I honestly had no idea this level of detail and nuance was even possible from any commercial process. Heavily illustrated introductory text (15 pages) chronicles the all too short history of the golden age of commercial bookbinding: talking about the artists, their influences, and the processes used to create these covers. This is followed 143 nearly full size color plates of the most delightful book covers you can possibly imagine. N.B. ¿ these are the actual hardback covers of the books, not the dust jackets that largely replaced them by WWI. I am currently lusting for the three dimensional peacock feather of #2, the use of color to simulate depth in #21, the use of silhouettes and light in The Jungle Book of #30. You get the idea, for the most part you don¿t even care what the title is, you just want to own the book for the art on the cover. I am reluctantly returning my copy back to the public library with explicit instructions telling them to NEVER let me see it again ¿ otherwise I will begin an unhealthy pursuit of many of the book gems found within. Highly recommended read for all serious book collectors who love the book arts; AND all amateur bibliophiles who can recognize good art when they see it. Any LibraryThing member who cannot find at least one book here they would love to own should have their membership revoked on principle. You were warned.
It was interesting to see different style of book covers. Some good some okay and some were alright.