Monday, April 13, 2015

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

To celebrate National Poetry Month here are a handful of cover designs from our collections.  All of them are from books of poetry.  Judging by their covers, these should contain some fine verses.  But we're not supposed to do that, are we?

A Margaret Armstrong design

From Theodore Brown Hapgood 

   By Amy Richards

Frank Berkeley Smith


Amy M. Sacker

Marion Louise Peabody

Two by Sarah Wyman Whitman,  The One Hoss Shay (right) was issued in several colors of cloth and "ooze calf" (with a texture something like suede) as seen on this copy.

Frank Hazenplug (see if you can spot the monogram*)

The Decorative Designers. The Daskam title was designed by Lee Thayer and was one of her favorite designs of those she created.

Burton Donnel Hughes

An excellent example of striped cloth, which had a brief vogue in the later 1840s. The front endpaper has the binder's label of Benjamin Bradley.

And our final two covers. The reason for selecting the first is self-explanatory; the cover may be a design of Gordon Ross, who illustrated the book. I added the second so you can finally see the cover of the book at the head of our blog.

Books pictured:
Horatio Sheafe Krans, ed. English love poems. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1909.
Edwin Arlington Robinson. The children of the night: a book of poems. Boston: Richard G. Badger & Company, 1897.
Henry Van Dyke. The builders, and other poems. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1905.
Wilson, Robert Burns. The shadows of the trees. New York: R.R. Russell, 1898.
Frederic Lawrence Knowles. Love triumphant, a book of poems. Boston: Dana Estes & Company, 1904. 
R.L. Paget, ed. Poems of American patriotism, 1776-1898. Boston: L.C. Page and Co., 1898. 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The hanging of the crane, and other poems of the home. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1894. 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The one hoss shay, with its companion poems. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1892. 
Robert Manners. Cuba, and other verse. Chicago: Way and Williams, 1898. 
Josephine Daskam. Poems. New York, C. Scribner's Sons, 1903. 
Harvey Maitland Watts. The wife of Potiphar: with other poems. Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1911. 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Ballads and other poems. Boston: W.D. Ticknor, 1848. 
Edmund Vance Cooke. Impertinent poems. New York: Dodge Publishing Co., 1907.
Eddy, Mary Baker. Poems. Boston: The Trustees under the will of Mary Baker G. Eddy, 1910. 

*and here's the monogram from the cover of "Cuba and other verse":

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