Beautiful Bindings: The Designs of Margaret ArmstrongThomas Cooper Library West Gallery
May 1, 2009 - Jun 15, 2009
The winner of the 2009 Thomas Cooper Library Student Book Collecting Contest is Ann Stewart Plein, a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science. Her collection showcases the work of one of the most notable book cover designers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944) designed several hundred book covers her long career, which flourished from the turn of the century to the First World War. Plein’s collection shows the range of Armstrong’s work in color- and gold-stamped cloth designs for commercially-published books that reflect popular Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movement motifs and typography in the period just before the dust jacket gained a wide acceptance as a medium to attract consumers to new publications. In addition, the exhibition also includes selections from the collection of Honorable Mention winner Thomas Maluck, also a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science. His collection is composed of English-language manga by the notable Japanese author and illustrator Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989).