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Decorative Nineteenth Century Trade Bindings
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TitleThe lay of the last minstrel.
DescriptionBevelled 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.
Cover DesignerLeighton, John, 1822-1912
AuthorScott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832
Publisher of OriginalAdam and Charles Black
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, Scotland
Date Original1854
PrinterR. and R. Clark
BinderLeighton, Son, and Hodge
IllustratorFoster, Myles Birket, 1825-1899
Gilbert, John, Sir, 1817-1897
Measurements137 x 210 x 37 mm.
Call numberPEATTIE No. 11
MaterialRed
Morocco grain
Book cloth
TechniqueGilding
Gold blocking
Beveling
Style/Period19th century
SubjectBookbinding--Scotland--19th Century--Specimens
Design elementFillets (Bookbinding)
Knights and knighthood
Archers
Draperies
Devices (Heraldry)
Stars
Gothic scripts
Arabesques
Tracery
Double-headed eagle (Emblem)
Cranes (Birds)
Crescents (Shapes)
Lions
Arches
Crowns
Saint Andrew's crosses
Vases
Pennants
Minstrels
Tartans
Harp
Windows
Shields
Axes
Bows (Weapons)
Swords
Mallets
Columns
Crosses
Men
Plinths
Arrows
Mullions
Decoration and ornament, Gothic
Coverage-GeographicScotland
TypeStill Image
Current repositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries
CollectionDecorative Nineteenth Century Trade Bindings
Bibliographic recordhttp://info.library.mun.ca/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?user_id=REMOTEWEB&searchdata1=ocm01903223{001}
Digital Date2005
CONTENTdm file name248.cpd