Sacker, Amy. LOVE AND ROCKS BY LAURA E. RICHARDS. Poster for the novel by Laura E. Richards. Estes & Lauriat, Boston, 1898. 20 1/2 x 14 inches. In excellent condition. Scarce. We have not found any record of this poter for sale at auction or within the trade. The poster shows the cover design of a sunset with a bird flying over a rocky shoreline, with, at left a narrow panel, replicating the book's spine, with title, author and publisher's logo, and a small sailboat on the water. Reference and illustration American Decorated Publishers' Bindings, 1872-1929. by Richard Minsky, item 12. Minsky states about the book cover: "This anonymous work...anticipates the color sensibilities and spatial relationships of the Art Deco period and serigrapic works of the 1970s. The asymmetrical composition shows a Japanese influence reminiscent of the woodblock seascapes of Hokusai and Hiroshige." Laura E. Richards, the author of the book, was a longtime resident of Gardiner, Maine. In 1901, for reasons not stated, the book was rejected by the Reading Committee of the Boston Public Library for inclusion in the library's collection. We have been advised by Richard Minsky that published evidence exists that confirms Amy Sacker as the artist of this poster.
Inventory # 10358