BEAUTY AND THE BOOK, FINE EDITIONS AND CULTURAL DISTINCTION IN AMERICA.
Benton, Megan L.
First edition. In post-World War I America, a world teeming with magazines, newspapers, radio broadcasts, and movies, many feared that the survival of traditional, serious books was in peril. This concern led to a publishing boom in fine editions--books valued primarily for their beauty, craftsmanship, extravagance, or scarcity. Beauty and the Book is a lively cultural history of the explosion in demand for these deluxe books during the 1920s and 1930s. The author combines new archival research with a close examination of 300 fine editions of the period, showing the interplay between the ideal and real nature of fine publishing, as well as the complex nature of American cultural ambitions during this pivotal era. Illustrated. Ownership stamp on free endpaper.
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THE REMARKABLE LIFE, ADVENTURES AND DISCOVERIES OF SEBAST...
by Nicholls, J.F.
This first edition volume gives credit to Cabot and his son for discovering the new world. Frontispiece, map plate and colophon are included. Bookplate and bookseller's label is visible on front paste-down and binders label is shown on rear pastedown. The book is slightly cocked with soiling to the boards and spine. The inside hinges are cracked and there is slight wear at the head and tail of the spine. Some foxing is visible to the frontispiece.