Brown Hapgood, Jr. (1871–1938)
Bostonian designed not only book covers, but also bookplates,
a set of type ornaments, known
as Hapgood florets. His cover designs were often based
on floral and branch motifs, reminiscent of Renaissance
woodcut borders seen on title pages and chapter headings,
see pba00067, John U. Lloyd, Right Side of the Car (R.G.
Badger & Co.,
1897). In this title, the lettering style is very similar
to Sarah W. Whitman’s.
Monograms: serifed or sans
serif H and TBH (with dots between the letters or not);
and sans and serifed, large H with
a small T within the upper part of the
H and the B in the lower, see pbw00246, Sarah Orne Jewett, A Plea for Front
here to search the PBO database for bindings designed
by Theodore Hapgood.
Sources: Charles Gullans
and John Espey, “American Trade Bindings and Their
Designers, 1880–1915” (1979); Nancy Finlay, Artists of the
Book in Boston, 1890–1910 (1985). See also W.A. Kittredge, Theodore
B. Hapgood (Boston: Society of Printers, 1942).
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