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TitleSermon on the Mount
DescriptionGilt 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.
Publisher of OriginalDay and Son Limited
Place of PublicationLondon, England
Date Original1861
BinderLeighton, Son, and Hodge
IllustratorAudsley, George Aschdown, 1838-1925
Audsley, W. (William), b. 1833
Tymms, W. R. (William Robert)
Rolt, Charles
Measurements31 cm.
Call numberPEATTIE NO.32
Book cloth
Gold blocking
Blind blocking
Style/Period19th century
SubjectBookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens
Design elementFillets (Bookbinding)
Floral patterns
Dots (Art)
Nimbus (Art)
Greek letters
Devices (Heraldry)
Panels (Ornament areas)
Staff, Pastoral
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 name288.cpd