Overall the thesis comprises three parts: gift book
origins, artists and the technical and publishing processes behind
such publications. In the latter is included a chapter on charity
gift books: it appears here as such books were the technical results
of the need to raise charitable funds, any other attraction they
enjoyed was purely incidental.
The aim of this thesis is to establish the gift book's
worth within the context of its time; to replace the overall
existing view of such publications as beneath serious consideration.
It is hoped to cancel out the fashionable dismissal of gift books
as travesties of book-making, achieved by constant reference
to productions faithful to the ideals of the Arts and Crafts
Movement. Instead, the case is put for attention to the gift book
as an individual, it is seriously hoped that this might prove
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