- Cloth Bindings, 1880s
Charles Waterton. Wanderings in South America, the North-west of the United States and the Antilles, in the years 1812, 1816, 1820, & 1824. New edition. London: Macmillan, 1880.
This book is bound in green sand-grained cloth, pictorially blocked in black on the front, gold and black on spine. This binding is an example of the trend towards the pictorial, as well as the increasing use of black, to which gold blocking is (in this case) supplementary.
John Ashton. Chap-books of the eighteenth century. London: Chatto and Windus, 1882.
This binding is of dark brown pebble-grained cloth, pictorially blocked in black and gold on front and spine. The gold blocked illustration of a ‘Chapman’ is based upon the frontispiece.
Paul Lacroix. The arts in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. English edition. London: J.S. Virtue & Co., [1886?]
This book is bound in red cloth, blocked in black and gold on front and spine, blind-blocked on back. The initials AD and HB in the squares above the two lower roundels are the signatures of the designers and/or binders, but so far they remain unidentified.
Charles Dickens. Barnaby Rudge: a tale of the riots of 'eighty. London: Walter Scott, 1888.
This striking binding is of dark orange cloth, blocked in gold, black, green, yellow and blue on the front and spine, with bevelled edges. By the 1880s many cover designs were unabashedly pictorial, often extending across the entire cover.