An intro to Ethel Reed's commercial books

An intro to Ethel Reed's commercial books

I was exposed to Ethel Reed's work when I was asked to repair a copy of a volume she designed and illustrated, The Arabella and Araminta Stories (Boston: Copeland & Day, 1895). I was totally enchanted (and I am NOT easily charmed by commercial bindings)! 

I'll share a couple photos of the binding and end leaves but do yourself a solid and see it in person at a special collections near you. That way you see the great illustrations too. Or buy a copy - they range from only $2,500 to $30,000 for a signed, large format deluxe edition. There are reprints though. At the very least, you have to check it out on William S. Peterson's exceptional blog, Ethel Reed: Boston Poster Artist

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