[Dust Jacket Scrapbook]

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Creator

Clara B. Mowry, compiler

Title

[Dust Jacket Scrapbook]

Coverage

[Providence: RI]

Date

[1910-1920]

Subject

5 vols.

Description

Between 1910 and 1920, Clara B. Mowry, librarian at the Providence Athenæum, pasted nearly 900 dust jackets from contemporary British and American novels into five large scrapbooks. The collection as a whole provides a detailed window into a formative decade in the early 20th century, when dust jackets evolved from plain paper covers into colorful graphic tableaux. 

The discovery of one of only a handful of jackets known for the first edition of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera (1911) is one of the “serendipitous rarities” preserved in this remarkable collection.  

Source

Purchased in 2016 with Grolier Club Library Harper Funds.