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Bound for Beauty: Highlights from the Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers Bindings

Can you judge a book by its cover? 19th century publishers vied to catch your eye–and your wallet–with glittering gold and vividly colored bindings. Mass-production made beautifully designed books widely available. New technologies stamped elaborate, multi-colored designs on book covers. 

Designs reflected the tastes of the time: Victorian, art nouveau, art deco, and arts and crafts. Acclaimed artists like Maxfield Parrish, Margaret Armstrong and Sarah Wyman Whitman designed covers that are works of art in their own right. Come see decades of stunning bindings. From elegant to elaborate, the Wow-Factor is high. Prepare to be amazed.

American Bookbinders Museum

The American Bookbinders Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America, celebrating and exploring the history, tools and stories of bookbinders and bookbinding, from its earliest forms through the changes and innovations of the industrial revolution.

In addition to the craft and artistry of binding, we focus on the stories of the men, women, and children who worked in binderies.

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