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xii, 270 pages : illustrations (some color). Curated title for Fleet Library Special Collections book cover exhibition Bound to Please, fall 2022. Title within ornamental border. "Published November, 1904"--title page verso. "Architects and landscape-gardeners mentioned": pages 253-266. Includes index. Cover board, bound in dark green cloth, has an elaborate image of lions on a pediment stamped in gold. Below the lions is a multi-colored image of a garden and fountain scene. Below this image is a wide gold ornamental base in which the dark green cloth contrasts with the title, author, illustrator information. Cover design by cover design by Decorative Designers. This firm was unique in that it employed a number of designers, and each was responsible for certain aspects of a design—an early example of division of labor in creative work. The founder of the firm was Henry Thayer (1867–1940) who was trained as an architect (following the example of Stanford White, architect-book cover designer). Thayer was responsible for much of the lettering produced by the firm, and Emma Redington Lee Thayer (1874–1973), another important woman designer, executed the beautiful decorative borders and designs. copy 1 Lowthorpe Collection (cover repaired). copy 2 cover in good condition. Decorative Designers (Firm) cover designer.

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New York : Century Co., 1904.


Century Co.


Bound to Please Exhibit 2022; architecture (object genre); landscape architecture; landscape gardening; illustrations (layout features); Italy; Lowthorpe Collection; The Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture, Gardening and Horticulture for Women, Est. 1901


Architecture | Book and Paper | Landscape Architecture

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Italian Villas and Their Gardens



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