Posted 6 years ago
When last Summer we visited Hill House in Helensburg, one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterworks, I saw these book cover designs Mackintosh made for Blackie & Son in the 1920s. I absolutely loved them and made up my mind i should get the three designs attributed to him, so for the last year I've been looking for them, and getting them to give Carlos as a non-birthday present (you know, the kind of present you give a loved one just because... who hasn't read Lewis Carrol's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? LOL).
I love the simplicity about them. Just take a look at the lettering in "The four Miss Whittingtons"... isn't it simply amazing?
On the last picture you can see the spines, which are a great work on their own..
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"The Saucy May" had an ex-libris that has been removed, but "The Brig "Audacious" has got a label where you can read "(Third) Awarded to Stanley Fox 1930 Primitive Methodist Sunday School", whereas"The Four Miss Whittingtons has got written "Heighington United Methodist Sunday School. Presented to Dorothy Exby. Feb 17th 1929".
I see thes Blackie books were very popular amongst Methodist Sunday Schools :)