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A Rebellious Heroine / John Kendrick Bangs

2019.4.15

Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers' Bindings

John Kendrick Bangs

W.T. Smedley

First

Harper & Brothers

New York

1896

1896

Publisher's Binding- Poster Style

Unidentified Designer

Bound in a mustard yellow ungrained cloth in a four panel design created by black lines, with three panels to the top and a large blank one to the bottom. The design, at top center, is taken from the frontis illustration, and shows a contemplative, stylishly dressed woman wearing a large hat, long skirt, and puffy sleeves, seated on a rock in a wooded setting. Notable is the use of black negative stamping to create the woman and her dress. Behind her, stamped in olive green and outlined in black are three art nouveau tree trunks with a gilt sky in the background. The simplicity of the design, and its judicious use of space on the cover, creates a powerful image, particularly the black mass of the woman's skirt.

First printing

Bibliography of American Literature

BAL 729

LOC Record

Bound for Beauty: Highlights from the Roberts Collection

Lobby Case Aug 2020 - Nov 2020

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