The Cover Sells the Book: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860-1920

June 3, 2017 - August 27, 2017

This exhibition will investigate the trans-Atlantic concept of the ‘complete book,’ which took place between 1860 and 1920. During this 60-year period, the conflation of advances in print technology and the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement led to a new aesthetic in book design. The integration of the book from content to cover as promoted by private press initiatives including William Morris’ Kelmscott Press was adapted by commercial publishers. This exhibition will explore examples of collaborative commercial book projects, which emulate the concept of earlier arts and crafts principles.

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ORGANIZER & SPONSORS

Delaware Division of the ArtsThe Cover Sells the Book: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860-1920 was organized by the Delaware Art Museum. Support provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.