[Armstrong, Margaret]; Cable, George W.
Title OLD CREOLE DAYS A STORY OF CREOLE LIFE
Book Condition Very good
Publisher New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1905
Seller ID 74
C8vo (7.75” x 5.5”). pp. vii; 314. Association Copy. PRESENTATION COPY FROM AUTHOR. Signed Margaret Armstrong binding in olive green silk with floral decoration and titles in gold to cover and spine, laid paper, t.e.g, deckle edges. This Armstrong binding is uniform with 6 other Cable novels including The Grandissimes, Strong Hearts and Bonaventure. Inscrition from author on verso of half-title reads: Did you ever notice that here are/ eight stories without a single villain - /or that I was/Yours truly/Go. W. Cable/Northampton, Mass. 1906. Bookplate of Helene A. Guerber to front paste-down. Most likely British historian Hélène Adeline Guerber, known for her grammar school histories published in the 19th Century. A very good and bright copy with sunning to spine and rear board near joint, and a chip to head of spine. Gullans and Espey 54.Margaret Neilson Armstrong (1867 - 1944) was a pioneering book artist who forged a path for other women artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries into the fields of book decoration and cover design, which at that time was a profession solely occupied by men. According to Gullans and Espey, Margaret Armstrong became “the single most important woman in this branch of decorative design” after Sarah Wyman Whitman, and was a “source of inspiration and encouragement” to women who would follow in her path, notably Amy Sacker, Marion Louise Peabody, Amy Richards, Lee Thayer and Bertha Stuart.
Margaret Armstrong, George Cable, Adeline Guerber, George Cable