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Dream Days / Kenneth Grahame

2015.7.237

Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers' Bindings

Kenneth Grahame

Maxfield Parrish

First

John Lane, The Bodley Head

LondonNew York

1902

University Press

Publisher's Binding

Maxfield Parrish

Bound in taupe cloth with gold, black, green, and orange. "Stamped in black, white red-orange, green and gold on taupe cloth. Parish applied his formidable skill as master of illusionist illustration to this cover, with a dreamlike use of gold, detailed imagery, and flat space. The shrubbery pops off the image plane, where the rocks sit flat as line art - very modern use of the material to flip our perception back and forth from the image to the surface. The effect is created with technical virtuosity. The gold is visible between the leaves. The black is stamped over the gold, which holds tight edges. The three-dimensional aspect is heightened by the use of detailed shading in the plate that creates highlights by changing the texture of the cloth at the tree tips. The same design was used on the reissue of Grahame's The Golden Age as a companion volume." (Minsky, 84)

Saint George

England

The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930 / Richard Minsky

Page 84

Bound for Beauty: Highlights from the Roberts Collection

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