LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection
Back cover, Curio, case 1152.
A papier-mache binding, ca. 1857. Black papier-mache boards with terra-cotta cameos and sheepskin spine blocked in gold.
Curio, case 1152
Purchased by H. C. Folger in 1923 from Holland Bros., Birmingham, Catalogue 284, no. 123.
Sentiments and Similes.
Created / Published:
London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1857
Sewn on three tapes cut off flush to the spine. One plain and made endpaper of crimson paper which also forms the pastedowns. Gilt edges. Boards made of a black compo backed with papier-mache (made from a mold) adhered to a crimson-faced thin card. Leather spine sandwiched between card and cover. Green and white stuck-on head- and tailbands.
198 x 154 x 15 mm.
Black relief plaques on both covers, decorated with strapwork and lettered with the title, are pierced and molded with terra-cotta cameos in the center of each. Upper cover cameo bears a bust of Shakespeare; lower cover, a WS monogram with laurel. Title runs up the smooth spine, blocked in relief. Edges of boards and turn-ins decorated with a gilt roll.
Henry Noel Humphreys, the artist and editor of this work, writes in his introduction that his idea was to create a vehicle for displaying book decorations. He describes his design for the cover as a casket, a jewel case, in the style of decorative art which prevailed in the age of Shakespeare. This is the second edition of Sentiments and Similes; the first had the same cover plaques but with a gold paper underlay. The Folger collection contains four copies, all with slight differences in the tone of the cameos and the linings. The process for creating these bindings was probably invented by Messrs. Jackson and Son in the 1840's. See McLean, p. 13.
Folger 14:4 (Folger Shakespeare Library, Fine and historic bookbindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library, New York, 1992).
Stanley Bray, Christie's (New York), catalogue 7156 (November 9, 1990): The Chevalier Collection, p. 33; Antiquariaat Frits Knuf, catalogue 154, no. 93; R. McLean, Victorian Publishers' Book-Bindings in Paper, 1983, pp. 12-13 and 56.
Binding Terms (RBMS):
Interlace bindings -- 19th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS):
Papier-mâché bindings -- 19th century.