Edwin Austin Abbey,Bookcover, 1881

The Art of American Book Covers and Decorative Bindings

Modernism entered the American home on the medium of the day: Book covers. Between 1880 and 1904, book covers transitioned from those designed by die-engravers to those created by visual artists, many of whom were women. The talk will include stunning examples from Eastlake style, Arts & Crafts, aesthetic movement, poster style, and social realism.

Richard Minsky is a book artist, author, historian, curator, and bibliographer. Minsky is the author of American Decorated Publishers’ Bindings 1872-1929, The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930, The Art of the American Book, The Golden Age of American Book Design, The Book Cover Art of Thomas Watson Ball, and American Trade Bindings with Native American Themes, 1875-1933. In 1974 he founded the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the first organization of its kind.

$10; $5 Mia members, free for Library Affinity Group members.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve online .

Edwin Austin Abbey,Bookcover, 1881