The Cover Sells the Book: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860-1920

  • Thursday, Aug. 17 - Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017
  • Recurring daily
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
  • Phone: (302) 571-9590

This exhibition will investigate the trans-Atlantic concept of the ‘complete book,’ which took place between 1860 and 1920. During this 60-year period, the conflation of advances in print technology and the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement led to a new aesthetic in book design. The integration of the book from content to cover as promoted by private press initiatives including William Morris’ Kelmscott Press was adapted by commercial publishers. This exhibition will explore examples of collaborative commercial book projects, which emulate the concept of earlier arts and crafts principles. Image: Miss Träumerei, 1895, Advertising poster for the novel Miss Träumerei: A Weimar Idyl, by Albert Morris Bagby (Boston: Lamson, Wolffe & Co., 1895). Ethel Reed (1874–1912). Three-color commercial lithograph, 20 1/2 × 15 3/8 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of David and Lucinda Pollack, 2015.