City Readers Digital Historic Collections at the New York Society Library
In this short-term exhibition, members and staff share their favorite titles about or set in the Big Apple. Survey the staggering breadth of writing our city has inspired, and find a new favorite of your own.
Margaret Armstrong was one of the most sought-after artists in an almost forgotten chapter in the history of book publishing—the golden age of the decorated book cover (1890-1915). During Armstrong’s remarkable career, more than a million books with her covers made their way into homes and libraries across America. By 1895 the beauty of Armstrong’s cover designs had placed her as a preeminent talent in an art that publishers had come to value highly. Most of her commissions were from three major publishing houses (Scribner, Putnam and Bobbs-Merrill), although in all she worked for 21 different publishers.