Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, c. 1912. Hardcover. First printing with Margaret Armstrong's binding design, duodecimo size, 144 pp. Near fine. Item #19010809
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.
"The Song of the Cardinal" is a novel by acclaimed writer Gene Stratton Porter (1863-1924), who in addition to writing best-selling works of fiction also contributed pieces to notable magazines such as "McCall's" and "Good Housekeeping". This volume is the first printing with Armstrong's binding design, the third printing of Porter's book.
___DESCRIPTION: Full red cloth, floral design in purple, green, and gilt by Margaret Armstrong (unsigned) and gilt lettering on the front board, floral design in green and purple with gilt lettering on the spine, title page with decorative border and floral illustration in black; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-viii] 1-135 .
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, colours and gilt are bright on the front board and spine, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; slight sunning to the spine, some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and to the corners, a small spot of soiling to the front free endpaper, the bottom corner of page 23 is creased, and there is a prior owner inscription reading "Merry Christmas / to / Uncle John and Aunt Gus / from / George and Thelma. / 1912." in pen on the front free endpaper.
___CITATION: Gullans and Espey no. 198
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