The Second Exhibition of
American Decorated Publishers' Bindings, 1872-1929
Collected and Described by Richard Minsky

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Above: The cover of the Limited Edition of the catalog is adapted from the 1914 Rockwell Kent design on Architec-tonics. The image is a giclée print on canvas, overstamped in 22K gold. It is behind a flexible mat covered in ivory bookcloth. Below, a two-page spread that includes the 1914 cover. This archival edition is printed by digital offset on a Hewlett Packard Indigo 5000 press.

A printed dust jacket of Rives BFK paper is included, along with a clear polyester wrapper 


An archival (MAM-A Gold) CD-ROM comes with this edition. It has a PDF version of the complete book, with high resolution images you can zoom into. A data file of all 300 designs is included, a browser-based checklist, and more. Scroll down or click here for a complete description of the CD-ROM, which is also available separately.

If you missed the first exhibition, copies of that catalog are available.

You may be able to read a copy of the first catalog at a library near you.
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Pre-publication discount subscriptions are now available for the catalog of the third exhibition.


Below is the list of identified cover artists in the second exhibition.  Names in teal are artists who were not represented in the previous catalog. There are 300 designs and variants that were not in the first collection.

Margaret Armstrong
Thomas Watson Ball
Franklin Booth
Alfred Brennan
Bert Cassidy
Jay Chambers
Evelyn W. Clark
Mary Cowles Clark
Thomas Maitland Cleland
R. Weir Crouch
The Decorative Designers
Maynard Dixon
H. T. Dunn
Eaton, Mary E.
George Wharton Edwards
A. B. Frost
Charles Buckles Falls
Julia Furbush
Alice R. Glenny

Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue
Frederick W. Gookin
Alberta Hall
C. Bertram Hartman
George Hawley Hallowell
Theodore Brown Hapgood
C. Bertram Hartman
Frank Hazenplug
A. Hilgenreiner
H. O. Hofman
Edward Stratton Holloway
Robert Wilson Hyde
Wilfred Jones

William James Jordan
Rockwell Kent
Albert Levering
Harold Magonigle

Blanche McManus Mansfield
Ellen Miller
Alice C. Morse
Peter Newell
Samuel M. Palmer
Marion L. Peabody
Edward Penfield
Louis John Rhead
Amy RIchards
Rome K. Richardson
Rachel Robinson
Amy Sacker
Rudolph Schaeffer
John Sloan
Frank Berkeley Smith
Maud Hunt Squire
Bertha Stuart
Lee Thayer
Otto Taospern
Lynd Ward
Stanford White
Sarah Wyman Whitman

There are three versions of this catalog available.  The Limited and Deluxe Editions are hand made to order. Please allow two weeks for your copy to be shipped. 

The CD-ROM Edition, though not limited, is also signed and numbered. It usually ships the same day or next business day, except during book fairs or conferences. 

The CD-ROM is included with the paper editions. It includes a PDF version of the catalog with high resolution images, an html (web style) checklist with images of all 300 designs, and the database file of the exhibition. Librarians use this information to remove books from circulation and bring them to the Special Collections environment, saving them from further wear or loss. Curators, collectors and dealers use the information to purchase the few remaining copies of books that are available.

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You can also see samples of the Subscribers Newsletter and the Checklist.


The catalog is available in three formats to complement the editions of the first volume.

Limited Edition

11¾" x 8¾", with a cover adapted from the 1914 Rockwell Kent design on Architec-tonics. The image is a giclée print on canvas, overstamped in 22K gold. It is behind a flexible mat covered in ivory bookcloth. In a Rives BFK paper dust wrapper and polyester protective overwrap. Edition of 100 signed and numbered copies.   The CD-ROM is included in a separate plastic case.

Limited Edition of
The Second Exhibition of American Decorated Publishers' Bindings:


CD-ROM Edition with all the text and images of the Deluxe Edition in PDF format and a database including separate fields for title, author, publisher, date, designer, description of binding, variants, and digital images from scans or photographs of all the books. The discs used are MAM-A Gold Archive, which claims a 200+ year data life. A browser-viewable version of the checklist with images of every book is on the disk, the archive of Subscribers' Newsletters, and two 19th century references that we have converted to PDF for easy viewing.  

CD-ROM Edition of
The Second Exhibition of American Decorated Publishers' Bindings:



Deluxe Edition 13" x9½" limited to 25 signed and numbered copies with color photos of 300 designs that are not in the original volume, printed in archival high resolution inkjet, in a hardbound cloth binding adapted from the 1914 Rockwell Kent design on Architec-tonics. The image is a giclée print on canvas, overstamped in 22K gold. The panel is mounted in a recess in the cover, which is wrapped in bookcloth imported from Japan. A copy of the CD-ROM Edition is provided in a separate plastic case.

The Deluxe Edition cannot be ordered online

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