We had so much fun uncovering gilded and fanciful book cover after gilded and fanciful book cover for our recent Summer of Archives feature that we thought we’d share a few more just for the heck of it. These five covers were designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962) and Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944), our two most favorite designers of the bunch.
A bit about Armstrong:
"Margaret Armstrong was among a number of important woman cover designers, beginning her work in the late 1880s. She began her career at A.C. McClurg and then went on to other publishers, primarily Scribner’s, for whom she designed half of her total output of about 270 books." [source]
At the peak of Will H. Bradley’s career in the late 19th and early 20th century he was acknowledged as one of the premier American graphic artists of his time and had made a marked impact on fine and commercial graphic arts. He contributed to the growth of various artistic movements within the United States and influenced developments in illustration and layout practices in the book and periodical arts. He did not restrict himself to a narrow range of styles, and his body of work, including his publishers’ bindings, shows him to be one of the more diverse artists of his generation. [source]
Love vintage book covers? DPLA’s got you covered.
- Binding for “Like a Gallant Lady" (1897 edition) by Kate M. Cleary. Designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
- Binding for “The Quest of the Golden Girl" (1896 edition) by Richard Le Galliene. Designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
- Binding for “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" (1911 edition) by Henry David Thoreau. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
- Binding for “Astoria, or, Anecdotes of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains" (1897 edition) by Washington Irving. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
- Binding for “The Bird’s Calendar" (1894 edition) by H.E. Parkhurst. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
“One of the things I’m most proud of is the sequence where Pitch and Sandy are fighting in the clouds. The visual effects and lighting teams did an amazing job of bringing to life the visual intensity and emotional impact that the art department wanted to convey.” – Max Boas, art director
Art by Jayee Borcar
Coming back to work after a two week holiday is like the best thing ever. Time to read and review! There are lots of neat books being published lately—- hggghhh
Every world among the stars has a Keyhole.
And each one leads to the heart of that world.
Released: Sep 03, 2013
℗ 2013 Virgin Records Ltd
Artworks of Myosis student short film from french Gobelins school.
Directed by Emmanuel Asquier-Brassart, Ricky Cometa, Guillaume Dousse, Adrien Gromelle and Thibaud Petitpas.
I got my adorable budgie pouch from here. Eriko from Japan is a sweetness with a shop full of adorbs.
Shipping isn’t too bad. It gets here surprisingly quick and not TOO horrible of a price. Japan has the cutest birdy things.