Yesterday we received our long-anticipated signed limited edition of American Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933. Richard Minsky has done it again, turning out another gorgeous catalog of American Trade Bindings. All imaging, page design and binding artfully done by his skillful hands and his great eye for detail.
Every nuance about this book is beautiful, from the nubby texture of the green cloth on the dust jacket…
to the beveled edge around the design insert on the red cloth cover
and the beautiful gilt page edges…
Descriptions of the bindings include intricate details, explaining how certain effects were achieved by the artists. Fascinating histories of the book artists lend importance to each example of their work, especially as some of these artists were Native Americans.
All of the books featured in this catalog were collected by Richard Minsky for his Native American Theme Exhibition held earlier this year at his gallery near Hudson, NY, and the end result is this beautiful production which has been years in the making. You may remember that I did a blog on this Exhibition back in early April of this year.
Richard Minsky is a scholar of book binding, a book artist and founder of the Center for Book Arts in New York City. He is also a warm, generous and witty man who is passionate about beautiful books and his work. To learn more about Minsky, his book art, and his magnificent catalogs on decorated American trade bindings, click here.
We were most astounded and honored to be mentioned in his preface…
and continue to be grateful that he has brought so much attention to the beautiful bindings of an American publishing era that should never be forgotten.
This catalog, along with his others, will remain treasured through the ages.
If you are interested in decorated American trade bindings being offered for sale here at Old Scrolls Book Shop, click HERE.