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TitleSakoontala ; or, the lost ring : an Indian drama
Uniform titleSakuntala. English
DescriptionGilt edges, gauffered. Light yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Brown morocco diagonal-grain cloth. Both covers are blocked in gold and relief with the same design, with the exception of the central roundels. On the outermost border is a repeating pattern of semi-circles linked with alternating flower crowns. Inside this, a single fillet is blocked in gold. Signed in relief at the base, within the single gold fillet: `| T. SULMAN INVT |''; and, on the right: `| KNIGHTS AND KEELING SC.|' Inside this, there is a border of circles and oriental-style cartouches blocked alternately in gold, with the decoration inside each being blocked in relief. Inside this, there is a border of double fillets, interlocking at intervals into hexagons. On the corners of the inner rectangle, there are oriental patterns blocked in relief within gold lettering-pieces. The curling border of the central panel is of knotted single straps, with balls in the knots. Inside the central panel, intertwined flowers and stems are blocked in gold. Above the central roundel, the word: '| SAKOONTALA |' is blocked in relief inside a gold lettering-piece, with scroll-like ends. Below the central roundel, the words: '| OR THE | LOST RING |' are blocked in relief in the same way as for 'Sakoontala'. The borders of the central roundel have repeating semi-circular patterns blocked in gold. On the lower cover, these are linked to elaborate oriental decoration, which has at its very centre two interlocking squares, with decoration inside blocked in relief. On the upper cover, the central roundel shows a man on a terrace holding out a ring in his right hand, offering it to a woman clasping her hands to her chest. There is a fountain, and other plants, behind a terrace wall. The spine is fully blocked in gold. It has two thin gold fillets blocked on the perimeter. The decoration from the head is: a seated Buddha-like figure with four arms with the word '| INDRA |' above his head, blocked inside an oriental-style frame, which is formed by two gold fillets; two four-armed crowned figures, who sprout from flower heads; the title: '| SAKOONTALA |' is blocked in gold and in relief inside a gold lettering-piece, shaped as a cartouche, running up the spine; leaves and flowers are blocked in gold around the cartouche; an oriental figure ' | KAN WA |' is blocked in the oriental panel formed by two gold fillets near the tail; the imprint: `| HERTFORD. | STEPHEN AUSTIN |' is blocked in gold within a frame formed by a single gold fillet at the tail.
Cover DesignerSulman, T., fl. 1855-1890
Monier-Williams, Monier, Sir, 1819-1899 (translator)
Publisher of OriginalStephen Austin, Bookseller to the East India College
Place of PublicationHertford, England
Date Original1855
PrinterAustin, Stephen
EngraverMeasom, George S.
Measurements175 x 230 x 35 mm.
Call numberPEATTIE NO.24
Morocco grain
Book cloth
Style/Period19th century
SubjectBookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens
Design elementCircle
Medallions (Decorative arts)
Cartouches, Ornamental (Decorative arts)
Floral patterns
Plant-derived motifs
Fillets (Bookbinding)
Lettering pieces
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 name298.cpd