1894, Hazenplug (a.k.a. Hazen, after 1911) designed
books for the Chicago
firm of Stone & Kimball, and remained
with its successor, Herbert S. Stone, until 1906. Other
publishers for whom Hazenplug created covers including
hundreds for Fleming Revell (1900–1911),
as well as many for George Doran, A.C. McClurg,
and Britton, Rand McNally, and John Lane (1913–1920).
Hazenplug designed several
series for Stone & Kimball, including
Peacock Library, English Classics,
and the Blue Cloth Series.
His covers range from the simple to the very elaborate -- from an austere
one line border on front and back with minute lettering to a wildly embellished “fretted
peacock feather pattern in gold on dark blue cloth,” as described by
Monograms: Slanting FH with
one crossbar for both letters; sans serif FH, H; serifed
H; conjoined Fh with the large, curved bowl in lower case
h forming the
crossbar of the F; FH conjoined with short crossbar of F below that of H. For
an example, please see pba00125,
Story of Dago by Annie F. Johnston, (L.C.
here to search the PBO database for bindings designed
by Frank Hazenplug.
Sources: Charles Gullans and John Espey, “American Trade Bindings and Their
Designers, 1880–1915” (1979); Sue Allen and Charles Gullans, Decorated
Cloth in America (1994). See also Peter E. Hanff, “Way & Williams,
Publishers, Chicago, 1895–98,” Printing History 20, no. 2 (40, 2000):
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