FORGOTTEN REBEL: GUSTAV STICKLEY, by John C. Freeman - 1966 [Signed Ltd Ed]


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The Forgotten Rebel: Gustav Stickley and His Craftsman Mission Furniture

by John Crosby Freeman

Flat signed and hand numbered. Watkins Glen, NY: Century House, 1966.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Covers feature a brown-on-brown pattern with black text on spine.
  • Corners are gently bumped and scuffed with fraying to front foot. (See Photos)
  • Exterior is gently faded. Back cover has scattered light scuffs and dings, plus a notable 2" x .75" scuff near center of shoulder. (See Photos)
  • Spine ends are scuffed and bumped, more to foot. Some notable scuffing to 2" from foot.
  • Shoulders are scuffed along length.
  • Binding is strong and has a little play.
  • Ex-library book with minimal expected markings from the Los Angeles Public Library. Includes some tape to front and back covers near spine, ink stamp to head of text block, as well as sticker residue to front endpaper. (See Photos)
  • Front fep has red ink date stamped at head corner.
  • Illustrations present and clear.
  • Interior is gently age-toned, more to margins, with rare instances of smudging and marginal pencil lines. (See Photos)
  • Inside pages are free of writing and underlining.
  • Half title and facing ffep exhibit some light smudges.
  • Dedication/Limitation page is signed by the author and hand numbered edition 42. (See Photos).
  • Text block edges show that two types of paper were used, with a white high gloss for essays unique to this book, and a tan matte paper for reproduced articles and compiled information from The Craftsman magazine.
  • Head and fore edges of text block exhibit some dust, with foxing to head. (See Photos)
  • AJ2020.0302/CR

112 pages. 7 x 11 inches.

A close examination of the life and work of Gustav Stickley, this book goes on to exam his influence on art movements and culture. Also included are the 1909 Craftsman Furniture catalog, along with an extensive list of writers and and topics from his magazine The Craftsman. It concludes with a detailed descriptions of his credos followed by the expected bibliography and index.

This book began as a dissertation written under the sponsorship of a joint program with Winterthur Fellowship Program and the duPont Winterthur Museum.

EDITION POINTS: Flat Signed by the author and hand numbered as 42 of a limited unnumbered edition.

John Crosby Freeman (b. circa 1942), also known as The Color Doctor, is a nationally recognized architectural color consultant and historian.

Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) was an American furniture manufacturer, design leader, publisher and the chief proponent for the American Craftsman style, an extension of the British Arts and Crafts movement. He initially started working with Art Nouveau designs, then moved on to a new style focusing on his virtues of simplicity, functionality, and soundness of construction. In 1901 he began publishing the monthly magazine The Craftsman, to reach a wider audience. Although he owed much to the British Arts and Crafts movement, Stickley was a highly original designer who applied his ideas not only to furniture but to decorative accessories of all kinds. His legacy is often considered to be as the man who created the Mission style.

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