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||Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
||All over design; Curl, ornamental
||Leighton, J, Brewer Street
||HORATIUS (Quintus Flaccus)
||The Works. Illustrated Chiefly from the Remains of Ancient Art. With a Life by The Rev. Henry Hart Milman. Chromolithograph half-title and seven sub-titles, the text of the first part (Horace's Life etc) within variously coloured classical borders with woodcut vignettes, the remainder of the text (the Works) within a red rule border and copiously illustrated.
First Edition. 8vo. [223 x 145 x 51 mm]. ff, 194, , 490, xiv pp.
London: [by Vizetelly Brothers and Co. for] John Murray, 1849
||Contemporary binding by Leighton of Brewer Street, London (signed with an ink pallet on the front endleaf) of red goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a fillet border and all-over design of a repeated drawhandle, pointillé flower, volute, large and small fleurons and dots. The spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments, lettered in the second and at the foot, the others filled with the pointillé flower, volute, small fleuron and dots, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt double fillet, the turn-ins with gilt rolls, green paper endleaves, gilt edges.
The binding is in the English "Restoration" style (1660-1700), using arrangements of tools commonly associated with the Queens' Binders. John Leighton was one branch of a family of binders. His father Archibald came from Aberdeen and opened a business in Cold Bath Square, Clerkenwell, London in 1764. His first wife, Margaret bore him 14 children, including John, and his second wife, Euphan, contributed nine more. On his death the business was carried on by his widow, and son George, and then by another son, Archibald, under the name Leighton and Son. Our John was born in 1776 and set up his own bindery in Brewer Street, Golden Square (in 1813 according to The British Booktrade Index, though Ramsden's first reference is from Pigot's Directory for 1824). He died in 1857 and the business was carried on by his son James (1802-1890), under the name J. & J. Leighton. Another son, John (1800-1883) worked as a bookseller and stationer in Camden High Street, and his son, also John (1822-1912), was the prolific illustrator and binding designer. Bookplates of William Charles Smith and James Hale Bates. Owen Jones was responsible for the coloured borders and the eight "unusual and attractive" chromolithograph title-pages, and the monochrome decorations. The drawings from the "antique" are by George Scharf jun. The letterpress printing was by Vizetelly Brothers, and 2500 copies were printed and published at £2 2s.