Elaborate Binding Printed in Color
Pindar, Susan, ca. 1820-1892. Fireside fairies: or Christmas at Aunt Elsie's. New York: D. Appleton, 1849.
Part of the edition of Fireside fairies was bound in what is, by
American standards, an extraordinary and virtually unique style of
cloth binding: white cloth printed in five colors in an elaborate
design with a rich gold background. This experiment — one of
at the time by Appleton in imitation of European binding styles —
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
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