[Blueboard] EARLY PHILIPPINE BOOK COVERS: Clothbound Books With Interesting Prints (1898-1936)

Engracia S. Santos esantos at ateneo.edu
Fri Nov 21 14:19:39 PHT 2008

American Historical Collection of the Rizal Library


Clothbound Books With Interesting Prints (1898-1936)

On exhibit from November 2008 to May 2009

3rd Floor - Rizal Library Annex
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
1108 Philippines


Books have been with us for centuries. They are written and
presented in many ways and come in different sizes and
colors. Complementing items, like illustrations and
documents, have been added to improve the presentation and
content of books over time. More notably, they are bound
using different types of covers.

Book covers are nice to look at and give an idea about the
book. An effective book cover attracts the attention of
readers. On exhibit are selected clothbound books published
in 1898-1936 with interesting cover, decorations, and
labels rarely seen today.

Countryside scenes are depicted in some covers. For instance,
the cover of Paul S. Gilbert's book "The Great White Tribe
in Filipinia" shows a man riding on a carabao. On some
covers are illustrations of nipa huts, coconut trees, and
women in native dresses.


The American Historical Collection (AHC) which established in 1950,  
consists of
about 13,000 books, 18,000 photographs, and other materials related to the
American experience in the Philippines and to the relationship of the two
countries. With the possible exception of the holdings of the Library of
Congress, the AHC is the largest, most diverse and most complete in the world.

Ambassador Myron Cowen (1949-1951), who saw the devastation wrought by the war
on many things including the memory of the times preceding it, encouraged the
American community to donate books and other materials pertaining to the first
half of the 20th century. His initiative was responsible for the early  
phase of
the collection.

The AHC was housed first at the U.S. Embassy, then at the Thomas Jefferson
Center at Makati. It is now kept at the Rizal Library of the Ateneo de Manila
   University. The Rizal Library is committed to preserve the collection
following the high standards it uses when conserving its own holdings.
Furthermore, it is committed to facilitate the research of   scholars.

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