Very Good in Very Good jacket. 9 x 11 1/2. 258 page hardcover, w/many illustrations. Large bibliography. Dust jacket is lightly soiled and has a few small clean tears, but bright, crisp and clean. Tan cloth exterior with red border design on front cover and title in red on spine. Interior is unmarked, tight and clean.
The bookdesigner Ruari McLean's copy, with his booklabel on the front pastedown endpaper. Very Good in slightly marked dustwrapper. Cloth, front board with decorative border, large 4to, xvii, 258 pp. From the Preface: "Late in the nineteenth century American book design suddenly underwent a dramatic change. This revolution itself was brief but its effect was lasting. Ideas of bookmaking had been controlled until this time by two opposing forces. From one side there was the pressure of mechanical industry for quantity regardless of quality-books in their multitude were often cheap in appearance as well as in price. From the other side, the anxious aspirations of the time for culture included a rather diffuse longing for fine books. It required only the one right intervention to direct these sentiments into a concerted movement for the book as an art object and away from the mass blights of industrial manufacture. It has commonly been agreed that the Englishman William Morris, with his Kelmscott Press which formed part of the larger Arts and Crafts Movement, provided such a catalyst from 1891 until the early years of the twentieth century. This book examines that crucial decade and a half in three basic ways."
Fine in near fine jacket. Bound in the publisher's original decorated cloth over boards, spine stamped in red. Light wear to dust jacket at extremities, else fine. Black & white illustrations throughout.
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