Art Nouveau book covers | Margaret Neilson Armstrong (1896 -1919)

   Paul Leicester Ford, Love Finds the Way, 1904                                                                    Ad Astra, Selections from the Divine Comedy of Dante, 1902
Harold MacGrath. The Man on the Box, 1904                                                             George W. Cable. Posson Jone and Pere Raphael, 1909
Myrtle Reed, Weaver of Dreams, 1911                                                Myrtle Reed, Threads of Grey & Gold, 1913
Mrs. William Starr Dana, According to Season, 1902                                                       Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, The Militants, 1907
     Henry Van Dyke, The Valley of Vision, 1919                                                            Henry Van Dyke, The Blue Flower, 1904
John Greenleaf Whittier, The Tent on the Beach, 1899                                                                Henry Van Dyke, Little Rivers, 1903
Margaret Neilson Armstrong, Field book of western wild flowers, 1915                                                   Mrs. William Starr Dana, How to Know the Wild Flowers, 1896
 Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod, 1908                                                      George W. Cable. Bylow Hill, 1902
Molly Elliot Seawell, Children of Destiny, 1903                                                   Molly Elliot Seawell, The Chateau of Montplasir, 1906


Margaret Armstrong usually worked in a vocabulary of ornament, rarely producing a purely
 pictorial design. She too developed her own lettering and used cloths that were generally lighter 
in color than those which were in common use. As her style developed, Armstrong's use of several
 colored inks on a cover increased, her ornaments became larger, and the covers became quite easy 
to see at a distance, a crucial factor in their role as advertisements.

In her mid-forties, Armstrong spent a few years travelling around the western United States. 
In 1911 she and some friends were the first women to descend to the floor of the Grand Canyon
 where Armstrong discovered some new flower species. A few years later she published 
Field Book of Western Wildflowers, which included over five hundred of her drawings. 
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Margaret Neilson Armstrong

Margaret Neilson Armstrong (1867–1944) was a 20th-century American designer, illustrator, and author. 
She is best known for her book covers in the Art Nouveau style but also wrote and illustrated the first comprehensive 
guide to wildflowers of the American west. She also wrote mystery novels and biographies.


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