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Decorative Nineteenth Century Trade Bindings
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TitleThe origin and progress of the art of writing : a connected narrative of the development of the art, its primeval phases in Egypt, China, Mexico, etc.; its middle state in the Cuneatic systems of Nineveh and Persepolis, to its introduction to Europe through the medium of the Hebrew, Phoenician, and Greek systems, and its subsequent progress to the present day.
Uniform titleHistory of writing
DescriptionGilt edges. Black 'papier maché', with red backing paper. The design is the same on both covers. An outer border consisting of a single fillet surrounds a raised inner border with two concentric fillets. The centre is occupied by a large foliage stem which surrounds the title. It originates as the horizontal bar for the capital 'T' of 'The'; it then encircles the title: '|The | history | of writing|'. The curling end of the stem forms the bar of the lower case 't' of the word 'writing'. A repeating bead pattern in relief traces the outline of the capital 'T'. The letters of the title words have tendrils. Red [paper] backing is placed underneath the 'papier maché'. The spine is of black leather, blocked in blind. The left and right borders consist of a repeating pattern of vertical semi-circles each forming an engrailed line surrounding which is a repeating dot pattern. The borders extend to the head and tail, terminating at each in an elaborate multi-tiered fleuron. Within the engrailed lines, lengthwise down the spine are blocked the words: ' THE HISTORY OF WRITING' This cover design lacks the floral border of the edition published in London by Ingram, Cooke, and Co., 1853.
Cover DesignerHumphreys, Henry Noel, 1810-1879
AuthorHumphreys, Henry Noel, 1810-1879
Publisher of OriginalDavid Bogue
Place of PublicationLondon, England
Date Original1854
Call numberPEATTIE NO.6
TechniqueCarving (Decorative arts)
Relief (Decorative arts)
Blind blocking
Style/Period19th century
SubjectBookbinding--England--19th century--Specimens
Design elementFloral patterns
Fleurons (Motifs)
Fillets (Bookbinding)
Dots (Art)
TypeStill Image
Current repositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries
CollectionDecorative Nineteenth Century Trade Bindings
Bibliographic record{001}
Digital Date2005
CONTENTdm file name308.cpd