New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896 Illustrated by William Hatherell. First American edition. Publisher's decorative brown cloth designed and signed by Margaret Armstrong, with a flower and leaf design to the front board in pale green and gilt, lettered in gilt. Near fine, with a very slight lean to the spine, a hint of rubbing to the spine ends, former owner's 1896 inscription to the front free endpaper and a front flyleaf, otherwise fresh interior. Overall, a bright and pleasing copy. Gullans and Espy 18. Sentimental Tommy is a semiautobiographical novel that follows the life of the "celebrated" Tommy Sandys from his childhood in London through his young adulthood as an author. Notably, Sentimental Tommy is followed by the sequel Tommy and Grizel (1900); like this edition of Sentimental Tommy, the American edition of Tommy and Grizel is bound in a decorative brown binding designed and signed by Maragaret Armstrong, thereby branding the two "Tommy books" as a unique set. Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944) was a renowned artist and designer. Along with her contemporary Sarah Wyman Whitman (1824-1904), Armstrong is an example of how the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements at the time provided new opportunities for women's employment in the arts. After beginning her career with A. C. McClurg, Armstrong worked primarily for Scribner's and specifically focused on the works of a few authors. Armstrong's style, which was influenced by the floral patterns of Art Nouveau and the lines and shapes that are characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement, made her bindings distinct, which was useful in terms of advertisement and branding an author's works as a unique set.. Illus. by Armstrong, Margaret; Hatherell, William. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine. (Inventory #: JMB018)
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