- Paper Bindings
Gilbert Wakefield (translator). A new translation of those parts only of the New Testament, which are wrongly translated in our common version. London: Sold by J. Deighton, 1789.
This copy of Wakefield’s New Testament is bound in its original eighteenth century blue paper wrappers. Examples of pamphlets in paper wrappers (frequently blue or grey) survive in sufficient quantity from the eighteenth century to show that this was a standard format for their issue and circulation.
John Lightfoote. The harmony of the foure evangelists. London: Printed by R. Cotes for Andrew Crooke, 1644.
This 1644 edition of the Gospels is bound in nineteenth century quarter calf with marbled paper or boards. Quarter binding means the spine is of leather or cloth, with the boards covered in cloth or paper respectively. Marbling is the decorating of paper by transferring to it colours floating on the surface of a gum solution.
Jacobus de Voragine. The golden legend. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. Three volumes, Vol. 3 displayed.
This fine press edition of The golden legend has been bound by J. & J. Leighton in quarter cream linen with blue paper over boards, and cream paper spine labels printed in black.
This edition was printed in a limited run of 500 copies at the Kelmscott Press, founded in 1891 by William Morris (1834-1896). Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, Morris embraced traditional craftsmanship in an era dominated by mechanisation and mass-production.