From 1880 to 1950, during the "Golden Age" of illustration, spectacularly talented artists produced hundreds of thousands of images for magazines, calendars, books, advertisements, and much more. In the days before radio, the movies, or television dominated the entertainment world, PRINT was the preeminent media, and the illustrated magazine cover was at the center stage of American visual culture.
Our new book celebrates this glorious period in art history, lavishly presenting the work of 154 artists with 218 full page reproductions of original paintings, some of the finest images produced during the period, all photographed directly from the original art. Not a text book or a history book, this new volume is a stunning PICTURE book, filled to the brim with eye-popping visuals. If you are a fan of illustration art, this book was made for you!
As the publisher of Illustration magazine, over the years I have been able to assemble an extensive archive of scans of original paintings from every corner of illustration history. Having produced 46 issues of the magazine so far, I now recognize that some of the material in my files and on my hard drives may never find their way into the magazine at all. The artist's history may be too scattered, or the quantity of original works and tear sheets are too rare, to support the "deluxe treatment" we usually give to our subjects (20 or 30 page articles are the norm for the magazine.) Rather than allow these stunning artworks to languish in the files, I've decided to pull together the "best of the best" of these photographs into one fantastic book.
Pictures are worth a thousand words, so please click the image below to check out the low-res preview of the forthcoming book....
Abbey, Abbott, F. Anderson, H.N. Anderson, H. Anderson, Armstrong, Arthurs, Avati, Aylward, Barclay, Baine, Baumgartner, Beall, Becher, Benda, Bergey, Betts, Biggs, Bleser, Bolles, Booth, Brangwyn, Bransom, Brehm, Brickdale, Briggs, Brown, Brown, Bull, Burns, Campbell, Carter, Castaigne, Chambers, Christy, Clark, Clinedinst, Coffin, Coll, Content, Cooper, Cornwell, Cox, Crandell, Dohanos, Dryden, Dulac, Dunn, Eastman, Enright, Everett, Falter, Fawcett, Fischer, Fisher, Flagg, Flato, Flanagan, Flint, Fogarty, Fuller, Georgi, Giguere, Gillespie, Godwin, Goodwin, Granville-Smith, Green, Gruger, Harding, Heitland, Herbst, Herndon, Henry, Hintermeister, Hinton, Hoff, Hoffman, Hoskins, Humphrey, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Iverd, Jackson, Keller, Kernan, Kihn, Koerner, Korder, Lagatta, Lee, Leyendecker, Leyendecker, Loomis, Louderback, Lovell, Lowell, Mantania, Matteson, McMein, Michelson, Moore, O’Neill, Otto, Parker, Parrish, Paus, Penfield, Phillips, Pogany, Price, Pyle, Pyle, Rackham, Raleigh, Reilly, Reusswig, Roberts, Rockwell, Rozen, Rozen, Schaeffer, Schoonover, Schuyler, Scott, Sewell, Sheppard, D. Smith, J.W. Smith, Soulen, Spreter, Staehle, Stahl, Stanley, Stephens, Stewart, Stick, Stoops, Stuart, Sundblom, Tenggren, Tepper, Von Schmidt, Ward, Watts, Weber, Webster, Wenzell, Whitmore, Wilson, Wood, Wyeth, and Zuckerberg.
This book will be limited to 1000 copies. It is 224 pages, 9”x12”, full-color on premium glossy stock, hardbound with dust jacket.
By pledging through Kickstarter you will receive a copy of the book for only $40 delivered anywhere in the U.S. (Early Birds can get the book for only $35, if you act fast!) The retail cost of the regular unsigned edition (available after this Kickstarter campaign ends) will be $44.95 plus postage.
Unlike previous titles from The Illustrated Press, this book will not be offered through Amazon, so it will never be offered at a discounted price (unless you can find a "used" copy.) If you want this book new, you will have to buy it directly from The Illustrated Press. In other words, don't worry about funding the book for $40 and then turning around and seeing it listed on Amazon later for $26. That is not going to happen.
Only one copy of the Special Edition or Early Bird Special may be sold per Kickstarter account. As Kickstarter cannot support keeping track of multiple copy orders, and I must keep the number of Special Editions limited to 100 units, you will have to order any additional copies using different Kickstarter accounts.
To order additional copies of the regular unsigned edition, that is no problem... simply double (or triple, etc.) the total of your pledge.
International customers—when making your pledge, please contact me via email and send me your shipping address.
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I will look up the exact cost of shipping to your individual location. You will then sign in to Kickstarter and add this shipping amount to your pledge total. Alternatively, you may send me a separate PayPal payment to cover the cost of airmail shipping. All shipping must be paid in full before I can ship your book, so adding the shipping to your pledge from the outset is probably the best solution.
A Special Edition version of the book is available, limited to 100 copies.These are presented in a golden yellow slipcase with white stamped lettering, signed and numbered by editor Daniel Zimmer, with a bookplate affixed to the front endpapers.
The Illustrated Press has been publishing Illustration magazine since October of 2001, and has produced 46 issues to date. In addition, the publisher has produced monographs on the illustrators REYNOLD BROWN, NORMAN SAUNDERS, H.J. WARD, and WALTER BAUMHOFER, as well as the book MASTERS OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION—41 ILLUSTRATORS AND HOW THEY WORKED.
Publishing art books has become an increasingly risky business. They're complicated to assemble and expensive to make, and they can take up a lot of space in the garage when they don't sell. I want to produce the right number of copies, and using Kickstarter enables us to gauge the demand for these kinds of books, and to adjust our print runs accordingly. By "pre-ordering" you're helping to relieve some of the pressure and risk of publishing this book, and you're helping to finance the project from the ground up. Without YOUR generous support, this book will not happen.
Risks and challenges
"The Golden Age: Masterworks from the Golden Age of Illustration" is completely designed and is ready to go to press. Having already produced dozens of magazines and five hardcover books, there are relatively few risks associated with this project. All we need is your generous support, and the book will be released in no time. We hope you will back this project and spread the word to other illustration art fans everywhere.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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