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TitlePoet's wit and humour
DescriptionText sewn on three tapes. Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Binder's ticket on lower pastedown: '| BOUND | BY | LEIGHTON | SON AND | HODGE.|' Blue sand-grain cloth. Both covers blocked identically, in blind and relief on the lower and in gold and relief on the upper. On the upper cover, a hatch gold fillet is blocked on the borders. Horizontal hatch gold is blocked on the corners, with small plant patterns blocked within each corner in relief. Fillets of vertical hatch gold, with repeating circles blocked in relief within them form: 1. an inner border; 2. a cartouche on each side; 3. an inner central rectangle; 4. a circle at the centre head and at the centre tail; 5. a central diamond. Around the perimeter of the central rectangle, plant and flower patterns are blocked in relief, with flower heads blocked in gold. Arabesques of horizontal hatch gold are blocked on the middle of each cartouche, with small decoration in relief within each arabesque. On each corner of the central rectangle, a scroll-shaped hatch gold lettering-piece is blocked, with a one word of the title blocked within each in relief: '| Poet's | Wit | and | Humour |'. The central vignette, blocked in gold, shows a winged putto, wearing a jester's hat, holding a lyre on its left. The jester's staff is on the ground in front. Signed 'RD' in gold as separate letters at the base of the central diamond. The spine is blocked in gold. A single hatch gold fillet and a single thin gold fillet are blocked on the perimeter. A single hatch gold fillet, with repeating circles blocked in relief within, forms, from the head downwards: 1. a circle, with flower decoration blocked in gold and relief within; 2. a panel with the title: '| Poet's | Wit and | Humour | ' blocked in gold within; 3. a cartouche with flower decoration blocked in relief within, surrounding an arabesque blocked in gold; 4. a panel with the words: ' | Selected by | Henry. Wills | ' blocked in gold; 5. a circle, with decoration as for the circle at the head; 6. at the tail, a rectangle, with a single gold fillet forming another rectangle within.
Cover DesignerDudley, Robert, fl. 1858-1893
AuthorWills, William Henry, 1810-1880
Publisher of OriginalWard, Lock and Tyler
Place of PublicationLondon, England
Date Original1882
EngraverBennett, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1829-1867
Thomas, George Houseman, 1824-1868
Measurements170 x 232 x 40 mm.
Call numberPEATTIE NO.1
MaterialSand grain
Book cloth
Gold blocking
Blind blocking
Relief (Decorative arts)
Style/Period19th century
SubjectBookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens
Design elementFloral patterns
Cartouches, Ornamental (Decorative arts)
Lettering pieces
Fools and jesters
Fillets (Bookbinding)
Plant-derived motifs
Scrolls (Decorative arts)
Coverage-GeographicEurope--Great Britain--England
Resource TypeBinding
SourcePrint original in the Roger and Marlene Peattie Collection
TypeStill Image
Current repositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries
CollectionDecorative Nineteenth Century Trade Bindings
Bibliographic record{001}
Digital Date2005
CONTENTdm file name148.cpd