New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1902. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, quarto size, 310 pp. Very good +. Item #19010802
The designs of Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944), utilising the Art Nouveau style and floral patterns, were a sensation in the publishing business; Armstrong created over 270 book designs, often for the works of well-known authors such as Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and George Washington Cable. In addition to designing books, Armstrong wrote books as well, including a comprehensive guide to wildflowers in the American West, which she also illustrated.
This volume is a biography of William Morris (1834-1896), founder of the Kelmscott Press, prime mover behind the Arts and Crafts movement, textile designer, author, and so much more; Armstrong created the gilt pattern of the cover originally for "Browning, Poet and Man, A Survey", also by Elisabeth Luther Cary, and the pattern was subsequently used for several of Cary's works. The decorated title page in this volume is also by Armstrong.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth with gilt decorative patterns and lettering by Margaret Armstrong with her monogram on the front board, gilt decorative pattern and lettering on the spine, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, frontispiece a photogravure of William Morris, with lettered tissue guard, title page decorated in purple by Armstrong, black-and-white photogravure plates throughout, with lettered tissue guards; quarto size (9.75" by 7"), pagination:  [i-ii] iii-ix [x] 1-296 [297-300].
___CONDITION: Volume is very good plus, with bright gilt on the boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; the boards are clean overall with some slight soiling, some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, to the edges of the board and corners, top rear corner is gently bumped but all others are straight, and there is a prior owner bookplate on the front paste-down endpaper with some of the letters of the name written over with blue ink.
___CITATION: Gullans and Espey, no. 61.
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