John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Advent Art: Betty Leicester's Christmas

Sarah Wyman Whitman, designer (1842-1904); Houghton Mifflin & Co., publisher (estab. 1832)
Betty Leicester's Christmas, 1899
Black, pink, yellow, green, and blue stamping on white calico-grain-cloth
Betty Leicester's Christmas
University of Wisconsin Library, Madison, Wis.

Here's something different! In the two previous years I've posted seasonal art, and in the six years or so that I've posted an artwork every Sunday, I've never posted a book as a work of art. But the University of Wisconsin Library says it's a work of art--it's in their Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books collection--and who am I to argue with such an august institution?

This is not a book I have read. The Madison Public Library system doesn't own a copy, nor does any of the 52 libraries in the South Central Library System. In fact, according to WorldCat there are only two libraries in the entire state of Wisconsin that have a copy: UW-Madison (obviously) and UW-River Falls. But it's available to read for free at www.archive.org/details/bettyleicestersc00jeweuoft or in a somewhat easier-to-read form (albeit minus the illustrations) from the Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project at (ugh) Coe College.

Previous Advent posts:

2003: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
2004: Madonna and Child
2005: A Merrie X-mas
2006: A Letter to Santa Claus
2007: Hanukkah menorah
2008: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2009: In This Night
 
Tags: advent: 2010, art: decorative arts
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