Glimpses at the Life and Times of A. V. H. Carpenter

A. Books Designed by Will H. Bradley

A2. Carpenter, A.V.H. Glimpses at the life and times of A.V.H. Carpenter. Chicago: Lanward Publishing Company, 1890.

AVH Carpenter portraitRetired railroad executive Albert Von Haller Carpenter (1822-1895) wrote this autobiography, edited by Alva J. Beatty, and illustrated throughout by Will H. Bradley. Carpenter was for many years the director of general passenger service for the Chicago, Milwaukee and St Paul Railroad.

This was the first major book completely illustrated by Will H. Bradley, then aged 22, containing a decorative title page, sixteen chapter headings and initial letters, and twenty-one spot illustrations throughout the text.

Bradley’s early, realistic pen-and-ink style featured quick hatching and loose linework, with elaborate frameworks and Victorian design.

The accomplishment of Will Bradley (1868-1962) as the complete craftsman, capable of executing a book from start to finish, places him as one of the foremost figures in the Arts & Crafts movement in America and as one of the most imaginative artists working in book decoration during the 1890s…

A2a.
A2a title page

A2a title page.

First Edition,
Chicago: Lanward Publishing Company, 1890.

Binding: Green cloth covered boards, blind-embossed and gilt-stamped signature.

Coll: Quarto, pp. [8], 144, [10] ads.

Size: 10 13/16 x 7 11/16 in. (27.5 x 19.5 cm)

Digital holdings: Google Books

Ref: Bambace, A2; Koch, pg 24; Lindsay, A2a.

Cite: Carpenter, A.V.H. Glimpses at the life and times of A.V.H. Carpenter. Illustrated by Will H. Bradley. First edition. Chicago: Lanward Publishing Company, 1890.


A2b.
A2b, binding design.

A2b, binding design.

Second Edition,
Chicago: Lanward Publishing Company, 1891.

Binding: Red cloth covered boards, blind-embossed and gilt-stamped signature.

Ref: Bambace, A2; Koch, pg 24; Lindsay, A2b.

Cite: Carpenter, A.V.H. Glimpses at the life and times of A.V.H. Carpenter. Illustrated by Will H. Bradley. Second edition. Chicago: Lanward Publishing Company, 1891.


A2.1
A2a title page

A2a title page.

GLIMPSES | at the | LIFE and | TIMES | OF | AVH Carpenter
BY | A.V.H. CARPENTER
Edited by | Alva J. Beatty

Title Page, page 3. Pen and ink illustration, 1890.

Signed lower left, With Illustrations by Will H. Bradley.

Ref: Bambace, A2; Koch, pg 25; Lindsay, A2.1.

Cite: Bradley, Will H. “Glimpses at the life and times of A.V.H. Carpenter,” title page illustration from: Carpenter, A.V.H. Glimpses at the life and times of A.V.H. Carpenter. Illustrated by Will H. Bradley. Second edition. Chicago: Lanward Publishing Company, 1891, pg 3.

A2.1, illustration,  title page.

A2.1, illustration, title page.

 

Citation: Lindsay, Martin S. Glimpses at the Life and Times of A. V. H. Carpenter. Website: WillBradley.com. Accessed 21 Sep 2018, <https://willbradley.com/work/books/glimpses-of-the-life-and-times-of-avh-carpenter/>. Bibliography. References.