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TitleThe shipwreck : a poem
DescriptionGilt 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.
Cover DesignerLeighton, John, 1822-1912
AuthorFalconer, William, 1732-1769
Carruthers, Robert, 1799-1878
Publisher of OriginalAdam and Charles Black
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, Scotland
Date Original1858
PrinterR. and R. Clark
IllustratorFoster, Myles Birket, 1825-1899
Measurements150 x 218 x 27 mm.
Call numberPEATTIE NO.13
Morocco grain
Book cloth
Gold blocking
Relief (Decorative arts)
Blind blocking
Style/Period19th century
SubjectBookbinding--Scotland--19th century--Specimens
Design elementFillets (Bookbinding)
Heart (Shape)
Lettering pieces
Medallions (Decorative arts)
Scallop shell
Panels (Ornament areas)
Bonnets (Hats)
TypeStill Image
Current repositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries
CollectionDecorative Nineteenth Century Trade Bindings
Bibliographic record{001}
Digital Date2005
CONTENTdm file name273.cpd