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TitleThe story of a feather
DescriptionBevelled boards. Gilt edges. Purple pebble-grain cloth. Dark green endpapers and pastedowns. The lower cover is blocked in blind with two fillets on the borders. A third fillet, inside, has strapwork blocked on the corners. A fourth fillet is blocked inside this, with a leaf pattern blocked in relief within it. The centre-piece is blocked in gold. It consists of three feathers of the Prince of Wales, and a crown. The motto: `| ICH DIEN |' is blocked in relief at the base, in a pennant-shaped gold lettering piece. The upper cover is fully blocked in gold. On the outer four corners are blocked the Prince of Wales' three feathers and crown, each of the crowns being a different design. On the border at the head and the tail, two feathers are blocked in gold, separated by a five point star. Down each side, three feathers are blocked. The middle of the three feathers has an eye at the top. Inside the outer border are two thin fillets blocked in gold. Between these, a fillet is blocked in blind, with a leaf pattern blocked in relief within it. Inside this, forming the central rectangle, a fillet is blocked in gold with repeating dots blocked in relief within it. On the corners inside the central rectangle, medallions are blocked, each with three different outer circles. These are: a fillet in gold, with repeating dots blocked in relief inside; a thin gold fillet; hatch gold. Each medallion contains a decorative element. In the upper two, an egg and a skull and a feather are blocked. In the lower two medallions, a skull and a feather are blocked, and, a monkey wearing a hat with a chin-strap and a feather. The background of each of the medallions is small dots, blocked in gold. Each inner corner medallion has two feathers blocked in gold alongside it. A 'fillet'of gold dots separates the corner medallions from the centre panel. The centre panel is decorated with the feathers, crown and motto of the Prince of Wales. Beneath this, the words: '|The | Story of a Feather | Illustrated by | G. Du Maurier. |' are blocked in an elaborate script with letter-end flourishes. Signed in gold as a monogram at the base of the words 'Du Maurier' The spine is fully blocked in gold. From the head downwards, the decoration is: the Prince of Wales' feathers and crown; an ostrich-like bird's head, wearing spectacles, is gripping two objects in its beak: firstly, it holds a pennant-shaped gold lettering-piece, bearing the words: ' |Ich dien|' blocked in relief, and also, it holds the string for a banner, which forms a decorated frame for the title; the banner has two crossed arrows behind it, their tips at the base and their heads at the top; the title and author: '| The Story | of | a | Feather | By | Douglas | Jerrold.' blocked within the banner in gold; inside an inverted egg-shaped lettering-piece is blocked a crouched gargoyle-like figure; the words: ' | Illustrated | edition |' and the imprint are all blocked in gold; signed 'JL' in gold as separate letters; the imprint: '| London | Bradbury Evans & Co. |' is blocked in gold at the tail.
Cover DesignerLeighton, John, 1822-1912
AuthorJerrold, Douglas William, 1803-1857
Publisher of OriginalBradbury, Evans & Co.
Place of PublicationLondon, England
Date Original1867
IllustratorDu Maurier, George, 1834-1896
Measurements170 x 215 x 30 mm.
Call numberPEATTIE NO.17
MaterialPebble grain
Book cloth
Gold blocking
Relief (Decorative arts)
Blind blocking
Style/Period19th century
SubjectBookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens
Design elementFillets (Bookbinding)
Dots (Art)
Medallions (Decorative arts)
Lettering pieces
TypeStill Image
Current repositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries.
CollectionDecorative Nineteenth Century Trade Bindings
Bibliographic record{001}
Digital Date2005
CONTENTdm file name293.cpd