Book and Cover
Title: Nineteen Nineteen
Author/Editor: James Glisson and Jennifer A. Watts
Publisher: The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Design Firm: Content Object
Creative Director: Kimberly Varella
Art Director: Kimberly Varella
Book Designer: Kimberly Varella
Jacket Designer: Kimberly Varella
Photographer: John Sullivan; Manuel Flores
Production Director: Jean Patterson
Production Coordinator: Lindsey Hansen
A worldwide flu pandemic. Race riots. Labor strikes. Women’s battle for the vote. The aftermath of the Great War. The transformative events and harsh realities of the year 1919 still reverberate a century later.
"Nineteen Nineteen," published to accompany a centennial exhibition of the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, explores the institution and its founding through the lens of this single, tumultuous year. The fully illustrated catalog features works from The Huntington’s vast collections of books, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, and art, many of them never exhibited or published before.
Highlights include German propaganda posters, labor manifestos, personal mementos from suffrage campaigns, firsthand chronicles of World War I and the papers of T. E. Lawrence (better known as “Lawrence of Arabia”). Artworks by Abraham Walkowitz, John Singer Sargent, Joseph Pennell, Earl Horter, and David Bomberg respond to the unsettling experience of modern life and to a postwar world desperately trying to piece its shards back together.
Gorgeous paper with a warm glow in sections and unique use of imagery throughout. The cover feels very contemporary and luxurious, but also unusual. The rhythm of the book is amazing. It's a book I want to spend a lot of time with. It has a complex grid, and a lot to digest. I really love this book. —Silas Munro
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