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21. Sermon on the Mount Sermon on the Mount Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Brown cloth with thirteen coloured and chromolithographed cut-out paper onlays. Beige endpapers and pastedowns. Binder's ticket on lower pastedown: '| BOUND | BY | LEIGHTON | SON AND | HODGE |'. Front cover is blocked in black and gold. Back cover is blocked in blind with the identical design. On the outermost borders of front cover are two continuous fillets blocked in black, the inner fillet being in a dogtooth pattern, the outer plain. Inside this there is a double fillet rectangular border blocked in gold, crossed by two additional horizontal double fillets of identical pattern to create outer rectangular panels and a central square panel. Within the double fillets there is a repeating pattern of dots within circles blocked in gold. At corner intersections of these double fillets and at the centre-point between the intersections there are squares blocked in black. At each of the four corners is a quatrefoil consisting of a border blocked in gold and black surrounding a central onlay of blue paper. The quatrefoils contain Greek characters as follows: top left and bottom left:'|ΙΣ|'; top right and bottom right: '|ΧΣ|'. The upper rectangular panel contains the words: '| THE SERMON |' blocked in gold; the lower rectangular panel: '| ON THE MOUNT |'. The square central panel contains an elaborate cross formy the terminations of whose arms, head and foot are invected. Its centerpiece is an eight-petalled flower shape of pale blue paper onlay, surrounded by two fillets of the same shape blocked in gold, between which is a repeating pattern of dots blocked in gold on a red background. At the centre of the blue flower motif is a disc bordered by interpenetrating dentellated circles the outer blocked in gold, the inner in black, both bordered by a circle in red. The inner disc contains a representation of the paschal lamb nimbused and carrying a staff ending in a cross at the head of which is a white pennon charged with a red cross. On the each of the petals of the blue flower appears a Greek character blocked in gold in the following sequence clockwise from the topmost petal: '|Α|Χ|Ρ|Σ|Ω|Ι|Η|Σ|' The arms of the cross consist of an inner portion onlaid in red and an outer portion onlaid in blue. Along the length of each extends a heraldic red rose with leaves of green outlined in gold blocking and a stem blocked in gold. Between the arms of the cross and its upright extend diagonally towards each corner of the square panel four lilies each with four green onlay leaves outlined in gold blocking and with flower and stem blocked in gold. The base of each flower is surrounded by a nine-pointed eastern-style crown blocked in gold. At the foot of the spine are three plain horizontal fillets blocked in gold above which a fillet in a dentelle pattern is situated. Slightly higher there is another plain horizontal fillet. This fillet sequence is reproduced in reverse at the head of the spine. In between the words '¦THE¦SERMON¦ON¦THE¦MOUNT¦' are blocked in gold along the spine, tail to head.

22. The coins of England : a sketch of the progress of the English coinage, from the earliest period to the The coins of England : a sketch of the progress of the English coinage, from the earliest period to the present time. Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens The title page is a chromolithograph. Signed: 'On stone by F. Bauer. H. Woods & Co. lith.'. The coins on the plates are lithographed variously in gold, silver and copper. Gilt edges. Light blue endpapers and pastedowns. The turn-ins and the board edges are lined in gold. Red paper over boards, with a 'leaf' and horizontal rib pattern. Both covers blocked identically. On the head, the tail and the fore-edge, a raised pattern of strapwork, stems and leaves is blocked in gold. On the upper and lower parts of each cover, decoration in the shape of clasps is blocked, with the centre of each clasp being blocked in gold on the spine. On the spine the title: '| English coins|' is raised and blocked in gold, in gothic lettering.

23. The course of time : a poem The course of time : a poem Bookbinding--Scotland--19th Century--Specimens Gilt edges. Full brown morocco grain. Marbled endpapers and pastedowns. Front cover blocked in black and back cover blocked identically in reverse. A thin double fillet is blocked on the border. Within the rectangle it forms is a smaller double fillet forming an inner border. The horizontal and vertical sides of the inner border run on into the outer border to form a central rectangle with two narrower oblong vertical panels at either side and oblong panels at the head and foot which intersect at the corners to form small squares. The central panel is blank except for a fillet which continuously follows the inside of the panel border in a pattern alternately urdy and nebuly. Within the nebulas is a repeated pattern of a blocked oval and within the 'pointed battlements' is a repeated pattern of three blocked dots. The border fillet of the central panel extends in all four directions into each of the adjoining side, upper and lower panels to create a narrower panel, each of which is decorated by a repeating pattern of blocked circles. From the upper and lower narrower panel, one at each end, two more double vertical fillets extend to the cover edge. The right hand narrower panel also has two double fillets extending to the cover edge. The left-hand narrower panel has four equidistant imitation spine-cover clasps which extend to the spine. In each of the four corner squares is a floral arabesque blocked in black. The spine is blocked in black and gold. At the head and tail thin double horizontal fillets are blocked in black. Above the tail fillets a second double fillet creates a panel in which the word '| ILLUSTRATED |' is blocked in gold. The spine is otherwise divided into five panels each enclosed at the top and bottom by thin double and triple fillets between which is blocked in black a pattern of alternating trefoils and flower crowns. The panels are further separated from each other by a single thin fillet blocked in black. These panels enclose, descending from the head: 1) a swelled rule embellished with diamond and trefoil shapes; 2) the words '| THE | COURSE | OF TIME |' blocked in gold; 3) the word '| POLLOK |' blocked in gold; 4) another swelled rule; 5) another swelled rule.

24. The grammar of ornament The grammar of ornament Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Maroon pebble-grain cloth. On the front and back covers the outer border consists of an outer thick and an inner thin rectangular fillet, blocked in blind. On the front cover a Chinese fret is blocked in gold to form the central rectangle. The title: `| THE GRAMMAR OF ORNAMENT |' is blocked in gold near the head, within a rectangle formed by a single gold fillet. A single gold fillet is blocked on the inner borders. Inside this, another fillet, blocked on the head and on the sides, forms straps on the upper inner corners. A dense leaf and stem pattern is blocked near the tail. Out of this pattern, three long papyrus stems rise, forming three flowers. The back cover is blocked identically in blind. The spine has ten sets of horizontal double fillets blocked in gold, each comprising one thick and one thin fillet, alternating between thick and thin uppermost. From the head of the spine down, between the third and fourth double fillet, the words '| GRAMMAR | O

25. The lay of the last minstrel. The lay of the last minstrel. Bookbinding--Scotland--19th Century--Specimens Bevelled boards. Gilt edges. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. The binder's ticket is on the lower recto pastedown: '| LEIGHTON | SON & | HODGE.| SHOE LANE | LONDON |' Red morocco horizontal grain cloth. Both covers blocked identically in gold. A single gold fillet is blocked on the borders. A banner pole, spear tipped at each end, is blocked at the top of the cover, and supports drapery. Within the drapery, top left, a lion rampant is blocked; top right, a cross is blocked. Within niches of each side of the central recessed medieval arch panel, figures are blocked - to the left: a knight in armour, plus shield and axe; to the right an archer, with bow, arrow and sword. Each is supported by a plinth and is surrounded by tracery. On the tail, left and right, a coat of arms is blocked within circles formed by three fillets. The arms are: three cranes; two crescents and mallet within bend. Four coats of arms are blocked on the centre tail, within arcading of medieval decorated arches and columns. From the left the coats of arms, argent, are: 1. three stars in chief, crown and vase; 2.double-headed eagle displayed, augmentation saltire; 3. lion rampant; 4. six crosses crosslet fitched, shield (containing an 'S', possibly denoting Scott), and mullet in bend. With the recessed central panel, a gothic window with intersecting tracery is blocked. The title, '|Lay | of | the | Last | Minstrel' blocked in gold in gothic letters between the window mullions. The spine is blocked in gold. A single gold fillet is blocked on the perimeter. From the head downwards, the decoration is: decorated gothic window at the head; the title: '| Lay | of | the | Last | Minstrel |' blocked in gold in gothic letters within the window; an arabesque panel formed by two gold fillets and surrounded by small decoration; within the arabesque the words: '| Author's | Edition | Illustrated |' are blocked in gold within a pennant curling downwards; double pointed thin gothic arches; within these, near the tail, a man is blocked, wearing knee breeches, stockings and wearing a tartan cloak, holding a harp on his left knee; a gold fillet; at the tail, '| A. & C. Black Edinburgh |' is blocked in gold within a rectangle formed by a single gold fillet.

26. The life of man : symbolised by the months of the year in a series of illustrations by John Leighton, The life of man : symbolised by the months of the year in a series of illustrations by John Leighton, and pourtrayed in their seasons and phases, with passages selected from ancient and modern authors. Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens Bevelled boards. Gilt edges. Green sand-grain cloth. Both covers are blocked identically in gold and black. On the borders are blocked: 1. 'dog-tooth' pattern in gold; 2. a black fillet, with repeating diamonds and dots blocked in relief within it - all between two gold fillets. These black and gold fillets frame numerous panels on the inner borders and on the corners. There are patterns of plant and hatch leaves blocked in gold in the panels. Medallions, formed by two gold fillets, are blocked on the centre head, centre tail, and on the sides. Each medallion has horizontal gold hatch and the head of a figure blocked in relief within; these are: 1. an infant; 2. a schoolboy; 3. a father; 4. an old man. A shield on each corner is formed by two gold fillets, with small hatch leaf and stem decoration blocked between these fillets. Horizontal gold hatch is blocked within each shield, plus trees representing the four seasons. The central mandorla is an onlay of red sand-grain cloth. Around

27. The minstrel The minstrel Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Pale green morocco vertical-grain cloth. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Binder's ticket on lower pastedown: '| BOUND BY | BONE & SON, | [rule] | 76, FLEET STREET, | LONDON.|' Both covers are blocked with the same design in gold, in relief and in black. Between two fillets blocked in gold on the borders, there is a wide border showing a repeating pattern of stylized leaves and flowers, blocked in gold and in relief. The inner rectangle has a pattern of large flowers blocked in black. The central vignette is blocked in gold as a lettering-piece. The words: '| Beattie's | Minstrel |' are blocked in relief inside it. The letters are in large gothic type, surrounded by a tracery of thin stems, which are blocked in relief. The words: `| ILLUSTRATED | BY BIRKET FOSTER | ' are also blocked in relief, in sans serif capitals. Signed as a monogram 'AW' (Albert Warren) in relief at the base of the vignette. The spine is blocked in gold. The words: `| BEATTIE'S MINSTREL |' are blocked in gold along the spine within a cartouche formed by a single fillet, with gold leaf and flower decoration blocked at each end at the head and at the tail.

28. The miracles of Our Lord The miracles of Our Lord Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Black papier maché imitation carved ebony covers, with black leather spine. The design is the same for both covers. The outer borders of the front cover consist of two double horizontal and vertical fillets blocked in blind that intersect to form squares at the corners. The central oval is a white paper onlay on which, in Gothic letters alternating between red, blue and black, are the words: '| The | Miracles | of our | Lord |'. Around this central design are a raised inner and outer rectangular panel, terminating at the head and tail in a semi-oval within each of which is a scroll motif. Variations of this pannelled semi-oval and scroll motif are at each of the four corners of the cover. Adjacent to these corner ornaments are geometrically irregular panels with raised borders within each of which is a diagonal abstract motif. Between the panels is a continuous raised bead pattern running the length and width of the cover to the outer borders. Imitation hinge clasps run from the edge of the spine into the outer double-fillet border. The same pattern is reproduced in reverse on the back cover but the inscription on the oval paper onlay reads: '| St Matt | St Mark | St Luke | St John |'. The spine is pebble-grain leather.

29. The origin and progress of the art of writing : a connected narrative of the development of the art, The origin and progress of the art of writing : a connected narrative of the development of the art, its primeval phases in Egypt, China, Mexico, etc.; its middle state in the Cuneatic systems of Nineveh and Persepolis, to its introduction to Europe through the medium of the Hebrew, Phoenician, and Greek systems, and its subsequent progress to the present day. Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens Gilt edges. Black 'papier maché', with red backing paper. The design is the same on both covers. An outer border consisting of a single fillet surrounds a raised inner border with two concentric fillets. The centre is occupied by a large foliage stem which surrounds the title. It originates as the horizontal bar for the capital 'T' of 'The'; it then encircles the title: '|The | history | of writing|'. The curling end of the stem forms the bar of the lower case 't' of the word 'writing'. A repeating bead pattern in relief traces the outline of the capital 'T'. The letters of the title words have tendrils. Red [paper] backing is placed underneath the 'papier maché'. The spine is of black leather, blocked in blind. The left and right borders consist of a repeating pattern of vertical semi-circles each forming an engrailed line surrounding which is a repeating dot pattern. The borders extend to the head and tail, terminating at each in an elaborate multi-tiered fleuron. Within the engrailed lines, lengthwise down the spine are blocked the words: ' THE HISTORY OF WRITING' This cover design lacks the floral border of the edition published in London by Ingram, Cooke, and Co., 1853.

30. The poems of Oliver Goldsmith The poems of Oliver Goldsmith Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Blue morocco vertical-grain cloth. Both covers are blocked identically in gold. The three fillets on the borders are blocked in gold, with a repeating 'figure of eight' pattern blocked on the outside. The inner border is of shell-shaped medallions, blocked in gold and in blind. There are two fillets blocked on the inner border. The central rectangle has leaf and stem tracery blocked in gold and in blind on the corners. Around the sides of the inner rectangle, recessed and blocked in relief, is a repeating pattern of three-pointed leaves and stems. The central roundel is surrounded by a filigree with leaves and stems blocked in gold. On the back cover the words '| WITH | IILUSTRATIONS | BY | BIRKET | FOSTER. | PRINTED IN COLORS | [rule] | EDITED BY | R. A. WILLMOTT. |' On the front cover the words '| THE | POEMS | OF | OLIVER | GOLDSMITH |' are blocked in gold in elaborate lettering. The spine is fully blocked in gold and in blind. A mandorla in gold and in relief is blocked in the middle. Moorish designs are blocked at the head and at the tail, in gold and in relief. The words '| THE | POEMS | OF | OLIVER | GOLDSMITH | [rule] | ILLUSTRATED |' are blocked in gold, with seven gold fillets blocked underneath.

31. The prince's progress and other poems The prince's progress and other poems Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens Dark green ungrained cloth. Light brown endpapers and pastedowns. Binder's ticket on lower pastedown: '| BOUND BY | BURN | 37 & 38 | KIRBY ST. |' Both covers are blocked identically in gold, with the horizontal fillets on each cover being linked by fillets on the spine. Near the fore-edge of each cover, a single vertical gold fillet is blocked, with split ends and a sprial at the head and tail. Horizontal gold fillets blocked mid cover form squares. Groups of three circles are blocked in gold on the inner corners of these squares. Above and below the squares, a single horizontal gold fillet is blocked, with split ends and a spiral at each extremity. The spine is blocked in gold. From the head downwards, the decoration is: a gold fillet; the words: `| CHRISTINA | ROSSETTI |'; gold fillet; two groups of three circles, blocked in gold; the title: ` | THE | PRINCE'S | PROGRESS | and | other | poems. |' blocked in gold; two groups of three circles blocked in gold; a gold fillet; the date: ` | 1866 | ' in gold; gold fillet.

32. The shipwreck : a poem The shipwreck : a poem Bookbinding--Scotland--19th century--Specimens Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Yellow pastedowns. Binder's ticket on cover pastedown: '| LEIGHTON | SONS & | HODGE.| SHOE LANE | LONDON.|' Dark blue morocco vertical-grain cloth. Both covers and spine blocked identically in gold and in relief. There is a sea shell and rope pattern on the borders. Three gold fillets are blocked on the borders inside this, which form straps at the head, at the tail and on each centre side. Each corner-piece is formed by five gold fillets, the middle of which is dotted. Within each corner-piece, a dolphin, surrounded by seaweed, is blocked, all in gold. The recessed central oval has three gold fillets blocked on its upper borders, and a fillet in blind blocked on its recessed border, which has a rope pattern blocked in relief within it. On the inner perimeter of the oval, two more fillets are blocked, and, within these, a ship's anchor chain and stars - all in gold. The centre shows a ship's sail, blocked as a gold lettering-piece. Within it, the words: '| THE | SHIPWRECK | BY | WILLIAM | FALCONER |' are blocked in relief. Above the sail, within a pennant-shaped gold lettering-piece blocked in gold, the words: '|WF BORN AT EDIN: 1732 | LOST AT SEA. 1769 |' are blocked in relief. Below the sail, within other pennant-shaped gold lettering-pieces, the words: '| I struggled | life & this | alone | to save |' are blocked in relief. A gold medallion is hanging from the sail spar. Within the medallion, the silhouette of a lady, with ribbon and bonnet is blocked in relief. The spine is blocked in gold and in relief. Two fillets are blocked in gold on the perimeter. From the head downwards, the decoration is: a rectangular panel, formed by a single gold fillet, with small decoration blocked within; a lyre, surrounded by stars; the words: '| THE | SHIPWRECK | A | POEM | BY | WILLIAM | FALCONER | ILLUSTRATED |' blocked in relief within seven rectangular gold lettering-pieces - the eighth contains the word '| A |' within a heart-shaped gold lettering-piece; an anchor and a curling rope, which surrounds six pennant-shaped gold lettering-pieces; these contains the words: '|Yet | Hope with | flattering | voice | betrayed | them on |' are blocked in relief; ribbons blocked in gold surround the anchor; a scallop shell is blocked below the anchor; signed 'JL' in gold as separate letters underneath the shell; a gold fillet; the words: '|A & C BLACK |' are blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece, with a single gold fillet blocked on its borders; a gold fillet; a thick gold fillet and two gold fillets are blocked at the tail.

33. The story of a feather The story of a feather Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens Bevelled boards. Gilt edges. Purple pebble-grain cloth. Dark green endpapers and pastedowns. The lower cover is blocked in blind with two fillets on the borders. A third fillet, inside, has strapwork blocked on the corners. A fourth fillet is blocked inside this, with a leaf pattern blocked in relief within it. The centre-piece is blocked in gold. It consists of three feathers of the Prince of Wales, and a crown. The motto: `| ICH DIEN |' is blocked in relief at the base, in a pennant-shaped gold lettering piece. The upper cover is fully blocked in gold. On the outer four corners are blocked the Prince of Wales' three feathers and crown, each of the crowns being a different design. On the border at the head and the tail, two feathers are blocked in gold, separated by a five point star. Down each side, three feathers are blocked. The middle of the three feathers has an eye at the top. Inside the outer border are two thin fillets blocked in gold. Between these, a fillet is blocked in blind, with a leaf pattern blocked in relief within it. Inside this, forming the central rectangle, a fillet is blocked in gold with repeating dots blocked in relief within it. On the corners inside the central rectangle, medallions are blocked, each with three different outer circles. These are: a fillet in gold, with repeating dots blocked in relief inside; a thin gold fillet; hatch gold. Each medallion contains a decorative element. In the upper two, an egg and a skull and a feather are blocked. In the lower two medallions, a skull and a feather are blocked, and, a monkey wearing a hat with a chin-strap and a feather. The background of each of the medallions is small dots, blocked in gold. Each inner corner medallion has two feathers blocked in gold alongside it. A 'fillet'of gold dots separates the corner medallions from the centre panel. The centre panel is decorated with the feathers, crown and motto of the Prince of Wales. Beneath this, the words: '|The | Story of a Feather | Illustrated by | G. Du Maurier. |' are blocked in an elaborate script with letter-end flourishes. Signed in gold as a monogram at the base of the words 'Du Maurier' The spine is fully blocked in gold. From the head downwards, the decoration is: the Prince of Wales' feathers and crown; an ostrich-like bird's head, wearing spectacles, is gripping two objects in its beak: firstly, it holds a pennant-shaped gold lettering-piece, bearing the words: ' |Ich dien|' blocked in relief, and also, it holds the string for a banner, which forms a decorated frame for the title; the banner has two crossed arrows behind it, their tips at the base and their heads at the top; the title and author: '| The Story | of | a | Feather | By | Douglas | Jerrold.' blocked within the banner in gold; inside an inverted egg-shaped lettering-piece is blocked a crouched gargoyle-like figure; the words: ' | Illustrated | edition |' and the imprint are all blocked in gold; signed 'JL' in gold as separate letters; the imprint: '| London | Bradbury Evans & Co. |' is blocked in gold at the tail.

34. Winged thoughts Winged thoughts Bookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Cream endpapers and pastedowns, decorated in gold with bronze and swirling wings. The bevels are blocked with a curling stem and leaf decoration. The lower cover has two fillets blocked on its borders. An arch is formed by massed feathers blocked up the sides, to meet at the centre head. From the base, more massed feathers form a 'peacock's fan tail' on the centre. On the upper cover, the same two fillets are blocked on the borders, and the same arch is formed at the centre head by massed feathers. On the tail, more massed feathers are blocked in blind and in relief. A feathered wing is bricked on the left and on the right of the upper cover. On the centre. the title: '| Winged | thoughts |' is blocked in gothic, with the capitals 'W' and 'F' being in 'wing-like' ornamental style. On the spine, feathers are blocked from the head to the tail in blind and in relief. British Library copy of this volume, C.30.1.II, has printed on upper endpaper verso, at the tail: '| Bound by Remnant Edmonds & Remnants. |
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