Bookseller’s Announcement: Richard Minsky. American Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933

My new exhibition catalog is American Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933. Cover artists include Margaret Armstrong, Frank Hazenplug, the Decorative Designers, Thomas Watson Ball, Angel de Cora, Bright Eyes, and many others. With the illustrators and dust jacket designers, a total of 87 identified artists are in the exhibition, and many anonymous.

In addition to Tribal art, the covers include examples of design from late Victorian through Eastlake, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Poster style, and Art Deco.

There are decorative, symbolic, and pictorial  covers depicting cultures from the Arctic to South America, and times from prehistoric to the early 20th century. It includes captivity narratives, autobiographies, frauds, ethnographic works, myths, travelogues, propaganda, songs, dance, romance novels, and juvenile fiction.

This book will appeal to students of graphic design, art history, material culture, and Native American history and culture. It is available in a limited edition of 100 copies and a deluxe edition of 25.

If you would like to see a few pages from it, you can LOOK INSIDE! (PDF).


The Limited Edition cover features a cloth panel reproducing the unsigned cover design for The Indians’ Book, by Natalie Curtis, Harper and Brothers, ©1923; Revised edition. The design is likely by Angel de Cora (Hinook Mahiwi Kilinaka, Winnebago).

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