Monday, April 19, 2010

Reference for "Landscape Gardening"

The following reference for this title (Samuel Parsons. Landscape Gardening . . . New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1891) was not included in my book (see Dubansky Entry 91-10, p. 58). It is a full-page illustration and accompanying review in American Bookmaker, June 1891, “Cover Stamps,” p.180-181.

Cover Stamps.
In the present issue of THE BOOKMAKER appear the cover stamps of two books which are to be published at an early day. Of these that on page 180 is to ornament the back and recto of the forthcoming work of Samuel Parsons, Jr., “Landscape Gardening,” of which G. P. Putnam’s Sons are the publishers. The book being bound in cloth of citron shade, the floral and leaf ornamentation and the lettering, which in the reproduction are here given are printed in black, will appear in gold on the book cover, as well as the dark background in which the conventionalized carnations are placed in the lower part of the recto. The appropriateness of the design and the excellence of its mode of treatment are very apparent.
Note: I have never seen this binding in a citron shade, mentioned above, only in green cloth on the spine and the same cloth used in reverse on the sides. As an aside, many of the photographs of landscapes were taken in New York's Central Park.

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Reference for "California and Alaska"

American Bookmaker, June 1890, p. 154-156 features a full-page illustration of Morse’s design in a black and white line drawing and a description in the column Books, Booklets and Brochures.

William Seward Webb
California and Alaska and Over the Canadian Pacific Railway285 x 200 x 50mm
New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1890
Printer: The Knickerbockers Press, electrotyped, printed and bound by G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Dubansky entry 90-7, p. 52-53

The binding for California and Alaska is in the style of a sixteenth-century French fanfare binding. It is bound in dark brown full morocco, stamped in gold on the front cover and blind-stamped on the back cover. The top edge is gilt and the endleaves are printed with tiny flowers. Only five hundred copies of this cover were produced. It sold for the high price of $25.

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