The Art of American Book Covers: 1875-1930

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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. 100 Color Illustrations

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"Richard Minsky has applied his formidable intellect and passion for a "golden age" of book design to his new book, and the result is a meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated tour de force, enhanced by Minsky's sharp analysis and eye for aesthetic nuance.  it is a treasure to have and hold."
-Ina Saltz
 Author, Typography ssentials
 Associate Professor of Art, The City College of New York

"The subject of this book represents one of the highest achievements in the history of American art and design. There is no one better equipped to tell this story and to describe the exquisite and highly imaginative bookcovers created in a fifty year period beginning in the 1870s."
-Kenneth Soehner
 Arthur K. Watson Chief Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library
 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"The long, unequal battle between modernism and nostalgia is played out in the architectural fabric of every city in North America. In the realm of book design and typography, the contest is just as important but not nearly so easy to see. Old books are tossed aside far more easily and readily than buildings. Those that survive are very often tucked away on the least accessible library shelves. Richard Minsky knows where and how to find them. He unveils that rich, forgotten heritage and makes great sense of what he finds."
-Robert Bringhurst
 Author, The Elements of Typographic Style

"This attractive publication is both entertaining and educational.  Through insightful commentary supported by solid research, Richard Minsky opens our eyes to the elegance and sophistication of nineteenth century book cover design."
-Jae Jennifer Rossman
 Assistant Director for Special Collections
 Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University

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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-nine 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.

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