Color Gives Added Value
“Illuminated Title Page,” from The Chaplet of Literary Gems: a Present, Worthy of all Occasions. Claremont, N.H.: Claremont Manufacturing Company, between 1850 and 1858.
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With the establishment of lithography, many gift book publishers added color illustrations to enhance the eye-catching value of their annuals. Most often a single color lithographed title page was inserted. Some were quite elaborate, but most, such as this example from a small New Hampshire publisher, featured just a few colors to brighten up the title page design.