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Re: [BKARTS] American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929

This is perhaps a stupid/naive/obvious question, but how does one
date the binding (as  opposed to the textblock)? Couldn't the binding
postdate the printing? Be a re-binding?

---Amy West

--AMGXMeDMTLHDOQHFaBFTdDXJAHaUJM Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2004 11:21:00 -0400 From: Richard Minsky <minsky@xxxxxxxxxx> Subject: American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Dear Friends,

Currently I am preparing an exhibition in the Book Art Gallery attached to
my house near Hudson, NY of American Decorated Publishers' Bindings,
1872-1929.  There are over 200 items, which will be for sale as a complete
catalogued collection with an essay that I am writing.

What is fascinating about the book covers of this period, besides their
intrinsic beauty, is that you see designs that predate the art movement or
graphic design paradigm one normally associates with their visual form. In
the period 1880-1885, in particular, there are book covers that are not
only ahead of their time in binding design (precursors, innovations), but
embody spatial concepts and relationships that one associates with
Constructivist, Futurist, Bauhaus and Deco movements that occur decades
later. Publishers often issued the same edition in different bindings to
suit different tastes, and one sees Victorian, Art Nouveau, and other
styles that defy pigeonholing on different copies of the same book.

It makes one rethink the traditional notion that binding design follows
aesthetic movements, and suggests that artists in other media might have
evolved their process or been stimulated by a visit to the bookstore, or
from the covers of children's books that had entered their unconscious at
an early age.


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                  ENTRY DEADLINE -- September 1, 2004

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