New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1910 Later printing . Publisher's decorative lavender cloth designed by Margaret Armstrong, with an illustration of pink roses and a silver vine over a lattice design to the front board, lettered in silver and gilt, top edge gilt. Near fine or better, with a touch of minor rubbing to the spine ends, otherwise fresh binding, bright and clean interior. A stunning copy. Gullans and Espy 210. Old Rose and Silver is a romance novel about intergenerational love relationships in which Reed examines romantic, familial, and neighborly love. Specifically, it tells the story of Rose, a single, forty-year-old woman, and her twenty-year-old cousin Isabel, as they both compete for their thirty-year-old neighbor Allison's attention, which occurs under the supervision of their elderly family members. Rose is the "Old Rose" of this novel's title and represents the deeper beauty of maturity while Isabel is the "Silver," or the shinier beauty of youth. 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. Hard Cover. Near Fine. (Inventory #: MYR007)
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