Cloth binding for ‘English Illustration’

Joseph William Gleeson White


Cloth binding with gilt overlays

12½ x 9¾ inches

This binding exemplifies Gleeson White's work in an Art Nouveau idiom. The combination of a stylized floral motif and elongation of the stems recalls the design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and could easily be a product of the Glasgow school of design. It is significant that the book was published in Edinburgh by Jack, a publisher, like Blackie, that utilized the new style of the nineties as a matter of course.

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Photograph and text by Simon Cooke

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