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Author @ the Library presents: "The Art of American Book Covers: 1875-1930," with Richard Minsky, the recipient of the 2011 Worldwide Books Award for Publications from the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).


October 27, 2011

The author uncovers in his illustrated lecture the world behind a lost art.  From ornate floral patterns to cityscapes, the boldest book designs of the Golden Age are gathered. The audience accustomed to today’s more utilitarian bindings will find breathtaking images—gold leaf patterns intricate enough to replicate the shimmer of feathers, forests rendered in rich color and silver, and elegant allusions to Asian art. The diversity and ingenuity of these books will capture the imagination of book lovers and collectors—and anyone who enjoys design.  He has selected the most beautifully crafted and influential pieces and Divides these breathtaking designs into distinct categories.  He discusses the use of silhouettes, pattern, Oriental influence and more. He also reveals key artists, their signature designs and flourishes, the designs they inspired, and the designs that inspired them.