Louis Rhead Floral Borders

Louis Rhead Floral Borders

At the start of the previous century the Louis Rhead and his brothers (George and Frederick) were leading figures in the American Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movement, particularly Louis. He was heavily influenced by William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites and is best known for his unique book design in large folio works like his Pilgrim’s Progress and Idylls …


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Ornamental Borders by George Wharton Edwards

The Victorian tradition of coupling bad literature with great art and decoration has been a rich source of material for us. We found another resource in this tradition in the book A Checked Love Affair written (badly) by Paul Leicester Ford, with some unremarkable illustrations from Harrison Fisher (whose work is showcased in our American Beauties package), but redeemed by …


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<i>American Beauties</i> by Harrison Fisher

American Beauties by Harrison Fisher

This is something very different from our usual offerings, but it caught my eye at a rare book store and I just couldn’t resist it. American Beauties was published in 1909 and takes its theme from the popular show rose of the same name. It’s an example of a particular kind of illustrated book which was popular in the late …


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