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Author: Washington Irving; Frederick Simpson Coburn; Margaret Armstrong; Margaret Armstrong Binding Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1899.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Margaret Armstrong is 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. Armstrong's cover designs reflect her interest in nature, employing plant, vine, and flower themes. She utilized bold and strikingly colored  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Fiction
Publishers' cloth bindings (Binding)
Juvenile literature
Vignettes (Visual works)
Printing in multiple colors (Printing)
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Irving, Washington, 1783-1859.
Rip Van Winkle.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1899
(OCoLC)821010801
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Washington Irving; Frederick Simpson Coburn; Margaret Armstrong; Margaret Armstrong Binding Collection (Library of Congress)
OCLC Number: 5539236
Notes: "The photogravures in this volume are from designs by Frederick Simpson Coburn. The borders and cover are by Miss Margaret Armstrong"--Page [iii].
Description: v, 115 pages, [7] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Responsibility: by Washington Irving.

Abstract:

"Margaret Armstrong is 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. Armstrong's cover designs reflect her interest in nature, employing plant, vine, and flower themes. She utilized bold and strikingly colored inks and book cloths, and often designated that gold-stamped areas be both glossy and matte to heighten the play of light and create more visual interest. Her use of slightly asymmetrical designs, however, set hers apart from many of her contemporaries and from the prevailing style based on Art Nouveau or Jugendstil. From 1913 on, Armstrong took on fewer commissions in order to concentrate on her own drawings and writings. Her designs for particular authors proved so successful, however, that publishers, particularly Scribner's, engaged "imitators" to ensure that books retained her distinctive look. Gullans noted that before 1895, she "never signed a binding, and not always after that."" -- taken from the Boston Book Company website [http://rarebook.com/index.php/collections/37-catalogues-lists/collections/79-margaret-armstrong-collection].

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