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Sat January 18, 2020

The Art and Social History of 19th Century Book Cover Design

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An illustrated lecture by Kathleen Roberts, collector and co-curator of the Bound for Beauty exhibit. This special 60-minute talk focuses on the social and art history of Decorated Publishers' Bindings, 1840-1920.

In the 1800s new technologies made mass production of books possible. To sell those books, publishers produced beautifully decorated covers reflecting the tastes of the age. Known as Decorated Publishers' Bindings, they were bound in colorful fabric and elaborately decorated in silver and gold.

Using slides and books from the Bound for Beauty exhibit, Kathy will highlight notable pieces from her 20 years of collecting. See the original bindings for Louisa May Alcott's Little Women series, the artistry of Maxfield Parrish, and Vanessa Bell's woodcut designs for Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press titles. Come see these stunning masterpieces. Prepare to be amazed. The WOW factor is high!
An illustrated lecture by Kathleen Roberts, collector and co-curator of the Bound for Beauty exhibit. This special 60-minute talk focuses on the social and art history of Decorated Publishers' Bindings, 1840-1920.

In the 1800s new technologies made mass production of books possible. To sell those books, publishers produced beautifully decorated covers reflecting the tastes of the age. Known as Decorated Publishers' Bindings, they were bound in colorful fabric and elaborately decorated in silver and gold.

Using slides and books from the Bound for Beauty exhibit, Kathy will highlight notable pieces from her 20 years of collecting. See the original bindings for Louisa May Alcott's Little Women series, the artistry of Maxfield Parrish, and Vanessa Bell's woodcut designs for Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press titles. Come see these stunning masterpieces. Prepare to be amazed. The WOW factor is high!
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