Monday, September 24, 2007

A 19th Century prospectus states: "Harper's Illuminated and New Pictorial Bible is embellished with sixteen hundred historical engravings, exclusive of an initial letter to each chapter, by Joseph Adams [1803-1880], more than fourteen hundred of which are from original designs, by John Gadsby Chapman [1808-1889]. It will be printed from the standard copy of the American Bible Society, and contain Marginal References, the Apocrypha, a Concordance Table, List of Proper Names, General Index, Table of Weights, Measures, etc." Actually HNPB became the finest achivement of graphic design in America during the mid-to-late 1800's.