Cloth binding for ‘Fleet Street Ecologues’
J. Walter West
7 x 4¼ inches
West’s design bears comparison with Talwin Morris’s bindings, especially in his deployment of the songbirds and the sinuous lines and abstracted flowers partake of the wider discourse of Art Nouveau. Published by John Lane, the book is another example of a cheap imprint presenting a cover design of pleasing effect; it is repeated on the title-page.
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Photograph and text by Simon Cooke
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