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Scott Kellar, David Gelernter

1939: The Lost World of the Fair

Free Press


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One-of-a-kind binding of 1939: The Lost World of the Fair from the 2010–2011 Exhibition of the Midwest Bookbinders Association.

  • David Gelernter (American, b. 1955).
  • Artist binding by Scott Kellar (American).
  • New York: Free Press, 1995.
  • Bound in full black goatskin leather with onlays, gold tooling and embossing with Maziarcyzk paste paper endpapers and hand-sewn red silk endbands and black edges.
  • Housed in a cloth-covered clamshell box with a leather label gilt with the title and author's name.

Artist statement by Scott Kellar from the exhibition: "David Gelernter is a favorite non-fiction writer of mine. Although he was victimized by the 'Unabomber,' he overcame physical problems to continue writing excellent books. This book is a fascinating humanized look at American culture in 1939, through the lens of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. It was the height of the American art deco period that exhibited a wedding of art and technology never since equaled. The creative energies fired with national hope and enthusiasm gave birth to a remarkable World’s Fair which he describes against a backdrop of New York City and variety of actual people. I’ve emulated the style and boldness of the period, including the amazing Trylon and Perisphere, in my design."

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Minor wear consistent with age and use.


Height: 8 inches / 20.32 cm
Width: 5.5 inches / 13.97 cm
Depth: 0.08 inches / 0.2 cm




Americana, Fine bindings

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