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Offered here is a striking collection of nearly 250 books with covers by Margaret Armstrong, with a small quantity with just spines, or written/illustrated by Armstrong. Margaret Neilson Armstrong (1867-1944) was probably the most-acclaimed American book cover designer of the late 19th and early 20th Century, her work virtually universally appreciated for its high degree of decorative, Art Nouveau apsects, as well as balanced composition. Gullens and Espey, in their definitive bibliography of Armstrong's works (1991), cites 314 separate titles either with cover(s) or spine designed by Armstrong, or written/illustrated by Armstrong, and the lion's share of these are represented in this collection, including nearly all of the celebrated, highly ornate covers. The total list of covers by Armstrong is still somewhat in doubt, but probably around 250-275, with several still in doubt. This collection is highly representative, with most covers in very good or better condition, a few with wrappers and slipcases, and a few signed, but the collection was built in the 1960's by one collector with a few toward obtaining the best copies available at the time (i.e. before internet). Thereforethe collection is best described as a bibliophile's collection (versus containing the finest examples for each title), which would be prohibiitively expensive given today's prices. A complete record of the collection has been compiled, and every book photographed. For any interested party, this will be made available via a Dropbox link. Price does not include shipping, and the collection will be sold "As Is," and not returnable.
Price: $3,850.00 Item #4409