William S. Peterson, author of The Beautiful Poster Lady: A Life of Ethel Reed, recently gave an interview with Nate Pedersen of Fine Books & Collections. It even includes images of some of her posters! Below you’ll find some excerpts.
Additionally, Dr. Peterson started a blog all about Ethel Reed. It gives a short introduction to who she is and what she did, and the numerous posts include images of both her work and herself, some not included in his book! It also includes some images that are in the book, but appear in color in in the blog. Below you’ll see three such images, interspersed with the interview excerpts.
According to the introduction, the aims of the Ethel Reed blog are to “(a) to assemble images of, and information about, all her known published work, (b) to put together a compilation of all the existing images of the artist herself, and (c) to report on new information about her life and career as it comes to light.” There are already over 150 posts on the blog; categories include Images of Ethel Reed, Illustrations (books), Illustrations (periodicals), Cover Designs, and more. Read through all of the interesting posts, and keep checking back for new information and more images of Ethel and her work!
- Check out the full interview here.
- Find the Ethel Reed blog here.
- Buy The Beautiful Poster Lady here!
So, let’s start at the beginning — who was Ethel Reed?She was a Boston poster artist who achieved international recognition in the 1890s when she was only twenty-one. This happened to her almost overnight, and newspapers and magazines were soon describing her as the foremost woman graphic designer in America. I decided to write a biography of her because her posters (and book illustrations) are so distinguished — but also because her personal life was so mysterious. She was a woman of many secrets.
What characteristics distinguish her work?Her contemporaries noticed immediately that there was some resemblance to Aubrey Beardsley’s work. In almost all of her posters there is a solitary female figure, often brooding over a book, with a billowing gown and, in the background, enormous, almost menacing flowers. Ethel Reed’s women seem to be in a meditative mood, but at the same time they are subtly erotic figures.
A recent New York Times article describes the Grolier Club’s exhibition, “Gardening by the Book: Celebrating 100 Years of the Garden Club of America,” running now through July 27. For two years Oak Knoll has been the distributor of books for the Grolier Club, and the accompaniment to this exhibition is no exception. The article describes some of the intriguing images and themes from the exhibition, including some from the oldest book in the show: a 1612 catalog of bulbs and flowers by Emmanuel Sweert. Below you’ll find excerpts from the article along with some images from the book.
“Organized by the writer and art historian Arete Warren,“Gardening by the Book: Celebrating 100 Years of the Garden Club of America” presents more than 125 illustrated volumes about flowers and gardening, dating from the early 17th to the mid-20th century. All are from the Garden Club of America Library, of which Ms. Warren is chairman.”
“Live flowers have a lot going for them. Even the most common example can strike you as a natural, inherently beautiful work of art, whomever or whatever you may credit for creating it. Pictures of flowers, on the other hand, can be intriguing for what they reveal about human intellectual history.”
“Sweert’s book is open to a page depicting 10 varieties of tulips in color, suggesting how Sweert’s opus may have been an early impetus for Tulipmania, the early-17th-century craze that caused the prices of tulip bulbs to soar to absurd heights.”
I am new to Oak Knoll, my name is Peggy and I’m frequently your first point of contact. I create invoices of book orders as they come in through our website, phone, fax, and emails; I answer the phones, route calls, process payments for the invoices, and other assorted duties as assigned. I really enjoy talking to customers on the phone, greeting visitors to our store, and generally being with like-minded book-passionate people.
I’m new to the book business but have always had a love for books and the written word. I’ve landed this dream job at Oak Knoll where I’m surrounded by antiquarian books in a beautiful old building with classical music playing in the background. When I’m not at work I enjoy a quiet home life with my husband. We enjoy gardening, walking, shopping, computers, and spending time with our families both near and far.
I hope to grow old with Oak Knoll, it is a gem of a place to visit and work. Please come visit if you have a chance, I would love to meet you and put a “face to the name” on the invoice.
The call is out for submissions to the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography. Publishers, librarians, collectors, antiquarian booksellers and all book lovers have until the end of April 2013 to submit books to the prize. The prize will be awarded in 2014 to a book (or books) published between 2009 and 2012. Books in any language from anywhere in the world covering any aspect of bibliography (e.g. enumerative, textual, history of the book, design, binding, book trade, etc.) are welcome.
You can learn more about the prize, its history, and submission guidlines here, and see a list of this year’s submitted books here. (Our submissions aren’t up yet, but they will be when our books reach the prize secretary!)
A prize with prestige and tradition, a strong support for scholarship: The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography of $10,000 US is awarded every fourth year to the authors of the most outstanding works on the history of the book. Famous scholars like Jean Peeters-Fontainas, I. C. Koeman and Anthony Hobson belong to the prize winners alongside Lotte Hellinga and Jan Storm van Leeuwen who were honoured with the 15th Prize in September 2010. Both, Lotte Hellinga’s monumental Catalogue of Books printed in the XVth Century now in the British Library, BMC. Part XI – England and Jan Storm van Leeuwen’s opus magnum on Dutch Decorated Bookbinding in the Eighteenth Century are shining examples for the enormous amount of knowledge – and work – which stands behind such brilliant studies in a scientific field that is essential for every kind of academic research, and for the rare book trade.
Late last month, I conducted the first of several trips to various libraries and institutions planned for our fiscal year 2012–2013.
Destination: Washington D.C.
Starting off early in the morning, I began my drive down to the Hotel Harrington. Driving on the nightmare known as the Washington Beltway was surprisingly pleasant and I made great time. With some time to spare, I freshened up and started my walk, past the White House, towards George Washington University’s campus where I met with Brad Sabin Hill, curator of the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection at the Gelman Library. After showing me around the beautiful top floor of the library, we discussed future exhibitions that will be occurring at the library. Afterwards, we took a break for a late lunch at a lovely French bistro (my favorite cuisine) and parted ways shortly thereafter.
It was then time for some fun and, since I’m a huge basketball fan, I decided to take the plunge and attend a Washington Wizards game. Luckily enough for me, I got to see the Wizards win their first game of the 2012-2013 season (they should pay me to attend the games now). Afterwards, I had a late dinner at Graffiato, which is the restaurant owned by Top Chef Winner Mike Isabella. I was really interested in going to this restaurant, not for Isabella or Top Chef, but because Isabella’s cookbook Crazy Good Italian was co-written by my favorite food blogger Carol Blymire. If you like food, you would love her current blog Alinea at Home, as well as her past blog (and 2007 winner for best food blog), French Laundry at Home.
The next morning I met with curator of the Rosenwald collection at the Library of Congress, Dan De Simone. I had never been to the Library of Congress before, so I was pretty excited. He gave me a VERY detailed tour of the Rare Books Collection, as well as the numerous exhibitions that they had displayed. If you haven’t been to the LoC, I highly recommend going, as it is certainly a beautiful building, inside and out. After our relaxing lunch, he gave me a copy of his Seven Perspectives of the Woodcut and personally inscribed it as a memento of my first visit to “the big house (LoC).” After saying our final goodbyes, we parted ways and thus ended my adventure in Washington D.C.
Oak Knoll Press and Rarebooks.info are pleased to announce a new partnership which makes over 30 of Oak Knoll’s in-copyright bibliographies available electronically. These bibliographies add to Rarebooks.info’s already outstanding collection of research materials.
Rarebooks.info, founded in 2000 and based in Boulogne, France, is an essential online collection of key bibliographies, containing a wealth of material, with many invaluable benefits to the research community. The website is useful in researching a wide variety of topics, including book history, typography, author history, world history, art history, and religion.
Here’s an example of what people have been saying about Rarebooks.info.
As director of the History of Text Technologies program at Florida State I have been an ardent supporter of the Rarebooks database to which FSU subscribed at my initiative three years ago. My students and colleagues, from History to English, now use it on a regular basis, marveled by its scope and riches as well as its user-friendly nature.
Francois Dupuigrenet Desroussilles,
Professor of Christianity and director of the HoTT program at Florida State University
With the addition of Oak Knoll Press’s bibliographies, the perspective of Rarebooks.info is broadened significantly to include film noir, modern press books, as well as modern American and English authors.
Anyone can take advantage of this opportunity to use electronic versions of the Oak Knoll bibliographies, as well as the great depth and variety of other materials offered by Rarebooks.info, by visiting www.rarebooks.info and subscribing to the service.
The full list of titles Oak Knoll Press is offering through Rarebooks.info.
An Annotated International Bibliography of Lewis Carroll’s Sylvie and Bruno Books by Byron Sewell & Clare Imholtz
American Masonic Periodicals 1738-2005 by Larissa P. Watkins
Arthur Miller: A Descriptive Bibliography by George W. Crandell
Books about Books: A History and Bibliography of Oak Knoll Press, 1978-2008 by Robert D. Fleck
Books on Art in Early America by Janice G. Schimmelman
Carl Larsson: An Annotated Bibliography by Ann J. Topjon
Christina Rossetti: A Descriptive Bibliography by Maura Ives
The Dark Page: Books That Inspired American Film Noir, 1940-1949 by Kevin Johnson
The Dark Page II: Books That Inspired American Film Noir, 1950-1965 by Kevin Johnson
A History of the Eragny Press, 1894-1914 by Marcella D. Genz
Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography by C. Edgar Grissom
Field & Tuer, the Leadenhall Press: A Checklist by Matthew McLennan Young
Frank E. Schoonover Catalogue Raisonne by John Schoonover & Louise Schoonover Smith with LeeAnn Dean
Gore Vidal: A Bibliography, 1940-2009 by Steven Abbott
James Ingram Merrill: A Descriptive Bibliography by Jack W.C. Hagstrom & Bill Morgan
John Rodker’s Ovid Press: A Bibliographical History by Gerald W. Cloud
John Sanford: An Annotated Bibliography by Jack Mearns
John Updike: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Materials, 1948-2007 by Jack De Bellis & Michael Broomfield
The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census by William S. Peterson & Sylvia Holton Peterson
The Last of the Great Swashbucklers: A Bio-Bibliography of Rafael Sabatini by Jesse F. Knight & Stephen Darley
Rudyard Kipling: A Bibliography by David Alan Richards
Supplement to T.E. Lawrence: A Bibliography by Philip M. O’Brien
The Thames 1580-1980: A General Bibliography by Ben Cohen
T.E. Lawrence: A Bibliography by Philip M. O’Brien
The Vale Press, Charles Ricketts, A Publisher in Earnest by Maureen M. Watry
We are happy to report that Eileen Chanin’s Book Life: The Life and Times of David Scott Mitchell was one of five books shortlisted for the 2012 Magarey Medal for Biography, awarded by the Australian Historical Association and the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.
Book Life has also been awarded the 2011 Alex Buxo Shortlist Prize and was shortlisted for the 2011 Waverley Library Award for Literature.
The first chapter is available to read online as a pdf, so click here and see for yourself why Book Life is garnering so much acclaim.