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Decorative Nineteenth Century Trade Bindings
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TitleParables from nature
DescriptionBevelled boards. Gilt edges. Red sand-grain cloth. Black endpapers and pastedowns. Both covers blocked identically in gold in relief and in blind. On the outermost borders there is a repeating pattern of a flower, stem and leaf motif alternating with a shallow bowl motif. Inside this a single fillet is blocked in gold. The central rectangle is surrounded by two concentric rectangular gold fillets in between which is a continuous foliated band consisting of vine leaves and tendrils and incorporating zoological, botanical and artifactual motifs, the last category including stylized vases, pedestals, canopies and harps, the whole combining a mixture of blocking and hatching in gold. The central rectangle is enclosed by two fillets blocked in gold. Within it is a diagonal chequer-board pattern around an oval centre-piece enclosed by two oval fillets, between which is a repeating pattern of dots and invected semi-circles, all blocked in gold. The squares of the chequer-board each contain a fruit-like motif hatched in gold. The central vignette is blocked in gold as a lettering-piece within an arabesque that terminates at the sides in a flower head and at head and base in scrollwork framed in a solid outer oval, all blocked in gold. The part of the outer oval that immediately encloses the central vignette is hatched in gold. Within the arabesque is written in letters embellished with occasional extravagant leaflike serifs are the words: '| PARABLES | from Nature | MRS A. GATTY |'. This inscription is embellished at both the top and bottom each with a fleuron. The spine borders are blocked in gold with a thin rectangular fillet. Inside the fillet a thicker rectangular fillet encloses foliated tracery similar to that on the cover blocked in gold. A third of the way down the tracery broadens into a solid band on which the words: '| PARABLES | FROM | NATURE |' are blocked in relief. Two thirds of the way down is a second solid band on which the words: '| BY | MRS GATTY |' are blocked in relief. The centrepiece of the ornament at the tail, in between two tendrils that terminate in grotesque animal faces, bears the monogram 'WHR'.
Cover DesignerRogers, W. Harry (William Harry), 1825-1873
AuthorGatty, Alfred, Mrs., 1809-1873
Publisher of OriginalBell and Daldy
Place of PublicationLondon, England
Date Original1865
PrinterChiswick Press
Whittingham and Wilkins
EngraverWoods, Henry, 1846-1921
Harral, Horace
IllustratorCope, Charles West, 1811-1890
Calderon, P. H. (Philip Hermogenes), 1833-1898
Millais, W.
Hunt, William Holman, 1827-1910
Thomas, George Houseman, 1824-1868
Warren, Edmund, illustrator
Frølich, Lorenz, 1820-1908
Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890
Jones, E.B., illustrator
Weir, Harrison, 1824-1906
Tenniel, John, Sir, 1820-1914
Wolf, Joseph, 1820-1899
Burton, William Paton, 1828-1883
Edwards, Mary Ellen, 1839-ca. 1910
Speckter, Otto, 1807- 1871
Keene, Charles, 1823-1891
Measurements160 x 227 x 50 mm.
Call numberPEATTIE NO.20
Sand grain
Book cloth
Gold blocking
Relief (Decorative arts)
Blind blocking
Style/Period19th century
SubjectBookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens
Design elementFillets (Bookbinding)
Floral patterns
Plant-derived motifs
Figure-and animal-derived motifs
Bowls (Tableware)
Canopies, Architectural
Fleurons (Motifs)
Dots (Art)
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 name253.cpd