Chicago: A. C. McClurg and Co., 1899. Armstrong, Helen Maitland. Hardcover. Duodecimo size, 134 pp. Near fine. Item #19010805
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.
In addition to Margaret Armstrong's lovely binding design, this children's novel also features illustrations by her sister, Helen Maitland Armstrong (1869-1948); the sisters would often collaborate on works, and here Helen Armstrong creates delightful drawings of the characters and brings to life the scenes of the story.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth, white text and floral design featuring the medallion of Cerulea by Margaret Armstrong (unsigned) on the front board, white lettering on the spine, black endpapers, frontispiece a black line drawing by Helen Armstrong, title page with publisher's device (this signature with frontispiece and title page is unopened), second title page with decorative border and illustrations by Helen Armstrong, full-page black line drawings by Helen Armstrong throughout; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [1-17] 18-134.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and to the corners, corners are gently bumped, a few spots of soiling to the endpapers, and a few pages have some slight soiling to the margins, but overall clean and bright.
___CITATION: Gullans and Espey no. 36.
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