Friday, June 3, 2011

Tipped-in photo book collection: Books as art in the Oley Valley |

Books as art in the Oley Valley:
Courtesy of Courtney H. Diener-Stokes
Margaret Armstrong, a popular and collectible designer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, designed the publisher's binding (cover) of this book titled "The Old Gentleman of the Black Stock" by Thomas Nelson Page, published in 1900. The book bears Armstrong's initials, M.A., on the bottom of the design.

"The photo-illustrated books in which she deals include original photographs that have been attached to the surface of the page, referred to as tipped in as opposed to being printed on the page. Pendleton said while images from photographs were mechanically reproduced in the 19th century and into modern times by publishers to save money and accommodate larger print runs, private press or small publishers continued to issue books with original photos. However, these books are scarce due to small print runs."
Other subject areas in her inventory include books relating to the cultural aspects of early Pennsylvania history, local German imprints and literary first editions.

"My medical collection is pretty awesome at the moment," she said, referring to a collection of books dating to the 16th century that had come to her from two avid collectors. "They came to me from a husband who collected medical books and his wife who collected Victorian women's literature."

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