Holyoke, MA: Hampden Glazed Paper and Card Company, 1923. First edition. Leather bound. [178pp.] Large quarto [33 cm] 3/4 leather over brown boards with gilt stamped title on front board and backstrip. Significant portions of the backstrip pulling away from the spine. Light rubbing to extremities, more so at bumped corners. Bookseller's small label on front pastedown that is partially covering a name in ink. Good +. Item #10815
Introduction by Frank Randolph Southard. Following the introduction is an index to the plates and a "Descriptive Contents: For the Aid of Printers." 76 full page plates, most in color.
From the Foreword-
"The book had its origin in a cover design contest in which more than thirty-five hundred American and European artists took part. There was a first prize of one thousand dollars and fourteen additional prizes. The contest called for the use of a specified cover stock of a certain size and resulted in an unusual showing of versatility by the artists in their suggestions of composition for all classes of artistic expression.
"The idea, in its evolution, resolved itself into a selected group of three hundred designs. These were exhibited in important art galleries of the larger cities throughout the United States and Canada and were viewed by thousands of people. This exhibition created unusual interest and called forth many favorable comments. Suggestions for reproducing some of the designs in a permanent form created the inspiration for the present volume...
"The untiring efforts of those who have contributed to this work is proof that the spirit of craftsmanship is still alive. Therefore, with the sincere conviction that this volume has a constructive message for the world, we offer it as a permanent contribution in the literature of the graphic arts."