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Houghton Mifflin and Company's Holiday Books for MDCCCXCV

File name: 09_03_000064


Title: Houghton Mifflin and Company's Holiday Books for MDCCCXCV




Created/Published: Armstrong & Co., Boston


Date created: 1895


Physical description: chromolithograph


Summary: Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company got its start in 1832, when William Ticknor purchased The Old Corner Bookstore in Boston with partner James Fields and established a publishing house. By the mid-19th century, the firm boasted an extraordinary list of writers, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, and Henry David Thoreau, Henry James, and Sarah Orne Jewett .


This 1895 advertising poster for Houghton Mifflin’s holiday books prominently features books designed by Sarah Wyman Whitman, a wealthy Boston society maven, painter, stained glass artist and book designer. She was the first major American professional book designer and one of the first to sign her work. The Boston Public Library has about 200 examples of her work, including one for which she received a bronze medal at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.


Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department


Rights: No known restrictions.


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Taken on October 9, 2009