Armstrong, Margaret. Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908. Very Good.
Later printing . Illustrated with several color plates. Publisher's decorative blue cloth designed and signed by Margaret Armstrong, with Art Nouveau flower and leaf illustration to front board in gilt, white, pale blue, and green, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. Very good with rubbing and fading to white and green on the front board, a few bumps to extremities, contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper, else very bright and clean. Gullans and Espey 283. Days Off is a collection of short essays and reflections that unites the author's interests in nature, spirituality, and literature. Specifically, it includes "Between the Lupin and the Laurel," "Notions About Novels," "The Books I Loved as a Boy," "Leviathan," and "The Art of Leaving Off," among others. Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944) was a renowned artist and designer. Along with her contemporary Sarah Wyman Whitman (1824-1904), Armstrong is an example of how the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements at the time provided new opportunities for women's employment in the arts. Raised in New York City, Armstrong first became interested in art and design in her early childhood and started designing book covers by 1890. After beginning her career with A. C. McClurg Publishing Company, Armstrong worked primarily for Scribner's and specifically focused on the works of a few authors. Armstrong's style, which was influenced by the floral patterns of Art Nouveau and the lines and shapes that are characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement, made her bindings distinct, which was useful in terms of advertisement and branding an author's works as a unique set.