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Elaborate Binding Printed in Color

Pindar, Susan, ca. 1820-1892. Fireside fairies: or Christmas at Aunt Elsie's. New York: D. Appleton, 1849.

Fireside Fairies

Part of the edition of Fireside fairies was bound in what is, by American standards, an extraordinary and virtually unique style of publisher's cloth binding: white cloth printed in five colors in an elaborate all-over design with a rich gold background. This experiment — one of several done at the time by Appleton in imitation of European binding styles — probably was inspired by the colorful "chocolate box" embossed paper bindings then popular in France, though neither that style nor this ingenious adaptation ever took hold in the United States.
Gift of John Grossman

-David Whitesell, Curator of Books

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