Late 19th century: Publisher’s Cloth Bindings
As publishers took control over the entire book making process, they began to see the cover as integral to the whole. Cover designs could reflect the content, set the tone for the reader, or attract the consumer. Cloth bindings were not readily accepted at first, but by the end of the century, they were the norm.
Author: Roberts, Robert.
Title: The house servant's directory, or, A monitor for private families: comprising hints on the arrangement and performance of servants' work ... and upwards of 100 various and useful receipts, chiefly compiled for the use of house servants ... By Robert Roberts.
Publisher: Boston, Munroe and Francis; New York, ; C. S. Francis, 1827.
Call Number: TX 331 .R64 1827
An early example of cloth used for bookbinding. Quarter cloth with marbled paper covers. Paper title label on spine.
Author: Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882.
Publisher: Boston, J. Munroe and Company, 1836
Call Number: PS 1613 .A1 1836
Full cloth binding with a subtle floral pattern. The decoration is very austere, with just the title stamped plainly in gold on the front cover. Both of these elements are very typical of the early beginnings of cloth bindings.
Author: Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864.
Title: Mosses from an old manse.
Publisher: New York, Wiley and Putnam, 1846.
Call Number: PS 1863 .A1 1846
Full cloth binding. The title is stamped in gold on the spine. A geometric pattern is stamped in blind on the front and back covers. The symmetrical layout is common during the 1840s. Yellow cartridge paper endpapers.
Title: The American farrier; containing a minute account of the formation of every part of the horse ... a description of all the diseases ... accompanied with a copious alphabetical list of medicines.
Publisher: Philadelphia, U. Hunt & son, 1856
Call Number: SF 951 .B26 1856
Full cloth binding with gold stamped spine. Covers blind stamped with floral patterns, which were often used during the decade before the Civil War.
Pennell, H. Cholmondeley (Henry Cholmondeley), 1837-1915.
Title: Puck on Pegasus / by H. Cholmondeley Pennell ; illustrated by Leech, Phiz, Portch, and Tenniel ; with a frontispiece by George Cruikshank ; engraved by Dalziel brothers, Joseph Swain, John Swain, & E. Evans.
Publisher: London : John Camden Hotten ... 1861.
Call Number: PR 5167 .P6 P8
Full cloth binding with gold stamping on spine and front cover. Front cover design stamped in blind on back cover. Brown cartridge paper endpapers. Edges gilded. The extravagance of the design reflects the styles of the mid-century.
Author of the "Gourmet's guide to rabbit cooking."
Title: Everybody's pudding book, or, Puddings, tarts, etc., in their proper season, for all the year round / by the author of the "Gourmet's guide to rabbit cooking."
Publisher: London : Richard Bentley, 1862.
Call Number: TX 773 .E83 1862
Full cloth binding. Gold stamped on spine. Covers blind stamped with pattern and title. Beige cartridge paper endpapers. As the 1860s progressed, restraint and sparseness prevailed.
Rhodes, W. H. (William Henry), 1822-1876.
Title: Caxton's book: a collection of essays, poems, tales and sketches. By the late W. H. Rhodes. Ed. by Daniel O'Connell.
Publisher: San Francisco, A. L. Bancroft and Company, 1876.
Call Number: PS 2698 .R43 C3 1876
Full cloth binding. Gold stamping on spine and front cover. Geometric border design stamped in blind both front and back. Brown cartridge paper endpapers. Machine made endbands.
Doyle, Martin, pseud.
Title: Illustrated book of domestic poultry.
Publisher: Philadelphia, Porter [18--?].
Call Number: SF 487 .D69 1800z (1880s)
Full cloth binding with the gold and black stamping on spine and front cover. Back cover is copy of front stamped in blind. Brown cartridge paper endpapers. Machine made endbands. This is a good example of 1870s book cover design.
Title: The yellow book.
Publisher: London : E. Mathews & J. Lane ; Boston : Copeland & Day, [1894-1897]
Call Number: AP 4 .Y4 v.1
Full yellow cloth binding with black title and images. The late 19th century saw designs bursting the bounds of the cover and becoming almost garish.
Riley, James Whitcomb, 1849-1916.
Title: The flying islands of the night, by James Whitcomb Riley.
Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bowen-Merrill co., 1892
Call Number: PS 2704 .F5 1892
Full cloth binding with top half dyed a different shade. Head of textblock gilded. Restrained gold stamping is typical of the 1890s.