William James Jordan (active 1889–1914)

William James Jordan monogramAccording to Gullans, the “eccentrically witty” designs of William Jordan owed much to the innovative work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow School of Art. For an example, please see pba00086, Charles di Tocca: A Tragedy by Cale Y. Rice (McClure, Phillips & Co., 1903). Jordan did much of his work for the publisher McClure-Phillips.

Monograms: square W over one or two Js, occasionally followed by a period; center stroke of the W may be higher than the other two.

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Source: Charles Gullans and John Espey, “American Trade Bindings and Their Designers, 1880–1915” (1979).

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