Ladies' Book-Plates - An Illustrated Handbook for Collectors and Book-Lovers

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Read Books, 2009 - Art - 386 pages
Originally published in 1895. Introduction: For four hundred years the fashion for Ex libris has waxed and waned. The eighteenth century witnessed, perhaps, its most glorious phase. Although at present, there is a universal revival of the art, in some ways the modern book-plate is found wanting. This is certainly not from lack of inventive and imaginitive power on the part of the designer, but from the inferior methods of modern processes, which often spoil the work of the artist......This comprehensive guide is extensively illustrated throughout and will appeal greatly to any historian. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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About the author (2009)

Edith Wharton (1862-1937), American novelist and short-story writer, was born in New York City. Strongly influenced by Henry James, she is best known for her subtle and su-perbly crafted studies of the tragedies and ironies in the lives of members of middle-class and artistocratic New York soci-ety in the the nineteenth century. She was educated in New York and Europe, and married Edward Wharton, a Boston banker, in 1885. When her husband became mentally ill, she cared for him until 1913, when she settled permanently in France and divorced him. Among her best and most characteristic works are The House of Mirth (1905) and The Age of Innocence (1920), for which she received a Pultizer prize.

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