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Late 19th & Early 20th Century Cloth Publisher's Bindings: Home
Cloth Publisher's Bindings
This libguide includes titles and permanent links to catalog records books housed in Special Collections & Archives that exemplify Victorian and early 20th-century cloth publisher's bindings. The book covers in our collection fit into a genre of book cover design done on cloth which was made to look like leather by embossing leather grain patterns into the cloth. The first of these types of covers were invented during the Industrial Revolution, circa 1830s. Over time, the covers become quite ornate and decorative. Our books in this genre don't date to the 1830s; nonetheless, we have some nice examples!
Bound in red dotted line grain cloth; front cover with gilt-stamped titling within abstract box, box and ornamentation outlined in black; spine with gilt-stamped titling and ornamentation, ornamentation outlined in black; top edges gilt.
Bound in brown honeycomb grain cloth; front cover with ruled borders and center blind-stamped lion like image; back cover with blind-stamped ruled borders; spine with gilt-stamped titling and blind-stamped ruled compartment with design
Bound in blue sand grain cloth; front cover with black-stamped ruled borders, fleuron corner piece and decoration, and border for off-center medallion with gilt-stamped border and lily, gilt-stamped titling; rear cover without decoration; spine with gilt-stamped decoration and titling; dark brown endpapers; all edges gilt.
Bound in fine rib rust cloth over beveled boards; front and rear covers with black and gilt-stamped art deco designs; spine with same black and gilt-stamped designs as front cover and gilt-stamped titling; dark turquoise clay coated endpapers; all edges gilt. Each page has black ruled border around text.
Publishers cloth binding, calico pattern ochre-colored, stamped in black with double borders, dots and dentil. Motifs on top cover design include a winged book, torch, foliage, and ribbon, with "I liber at que doce"; spine is stamped in gold and black with title, edition, and similar motifs.
Original mustard-colored Victorian embossed cloth binding. Front cover stamped in black and gold with title, stylized ginkgo and honeysuckle branches. Back cover blind-stamped with same design. Two sample spine-bindings pasted on inside front cover (ornate mustard-yellow vs. plain blue binding). Plates include a decorated gift page, a lithographic frontispiece, and color chomolithograph plates complete with tissue guards.
Bound in blue rib-grained cloth; front cover with black-stamped ruled and decorative clover leaf and flower borders, panels of flowers and foliage and central panels with gilt-stamped backgrounds and black-stamped outline of clover and flower and author's last name; rear cover without decoration; spine with black and gilt-stamped decoration and titling; buff endpapers with gray printed floral pattern; all edges gilt.
Bound in dark blue cloth; front cover with green and gilt-stamped coral and fish design in the shape of a classic shield with titling in the center; spine with gilt-stamped titling and green with gilt-stamped outlined shells; top edges gilt.
Bound in blue linen texture cloth; front cover with blue-stamped poppy flower and seed pod design with titling; spine with two compartments containing blue-stamped poppy and seed pod design with author's name between and gilt-stamped titling.
Publisher's binding in tan linen patterned cloth; front cover with 3 black and red-stamped stylized flower stems and medallion with black-stamped titling; rear cover without decoration; spine with black and red-stamped stylized flower stem and decorative compartment borders, with gilt-stamped titling.
Quarter bound in green fine rib grain cloth over very thin wood veneer over boards; front and rear veneer is relief printed with oak branch and leaves in light and dark green and title in dark green, design is initialed with artist's chop; spine with gilt-stamped titling.
Bound in mustard yellow cloth; front cover with black-stamped ruled and ornamental borders and spandrels and series title, also gilt-stamped title; rear cover same as front but lacks titling; spine with black-stamped ruled and ornamental bands and wording and gilt-stamped titling; floral endpapers.
Bound in red cloth; front cover with black-stamped ruled and clover leaf and flower ornamental borders around two panels, top panel has black and gilt-stamped ornamentation and the authors last name, lower panel has black-stamped floral surround around center gilt panel with black-stamped clover leaf and flower; spine with black and gilt-stamped clover leaf and flower and ornamental bands and decoration, center black and gilt-stamped medallion containing clover leaf; buff colored endpapers printed with olive color vine and leaf pattern; all edges gilt.
C. 1 has gold-leaf ornamental border on t.p. and illustration pasted down on front cover with gilt-stamped border and titling; c. 2 is bound in brown paper, front cover with embossed ornamentation and gilt-stamped titling.
Bound in brown cloth; front cover with rectangular stamped vignette of a king on a horse with dog in blue, green, gold, and black with black-stamped titling in upper right corner of vignette; spine with black-stamped titling; top edges gilt.
Vol. 1 has been rebound in a library binding. Vol. 2 bound in fine rib grain maroon cloth; front cover with gilt-stamped leaf and vine surround around titling, initialed TBH; uncut pages; top edge gilt. Frontispiece is aquatint photogravure portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Bound in green calico pattern cloth; front cover with gilt-stamped titling and bamboo motif with green and red stamped vine and berry images; rear cover with green and red stamped vine and berry images; spine with gilt-stamped titling and green and red stamped vine and berry images.
Bound with cloth spine and paper covered front and rear covers; front cover has green-stamped ruled and decorative borders, center decoration and statement of responsibility with rust-stamped titling and portion of center decoration; spine with green-stamped titling.
Bound in green rib grain cloth; front cover with blind-stamped ruled border and gilt-stamped panel with curvlinear motifs and titling; rear cover with blind-stamped ruled border only; spine with gilt-stamped titling and decoration; top edges gilt.
Arts, Science, and Letters Collection.
Bound in calico textured pale olive cloth; front cover with dark olive stamped ruled border and clover leaf ornamental border with rust colored stamped clover blossom pattern intertwined with the dark olive ornamentation around rust colored stamped titling, initialed MA [Margaret Armstrong] in corner; spine with dark olive stamped clover decoration and rust colored stamped titling; buff endpapers with taupe ink over clover flower design.
Bound in light blue cloth; front cover with purple-stamped diamond-shaped medallion containing white and purple berries and square with white and purple border containing gilt-stamped titling; spine with blind-stamped hexagon containing white specks and gilt-stamped titling.