Olga: or Russia in the Tenth Century
(Hamilton, Adams, 1855)
11648.e.12      18x11.5 cm

Bound by Westleys in fine-ribbed cloth with red and black horizontal stripes blocked in gold on the upper cover and blind on the lower]

  Publishers' bookbindings


The market extended from expensive gold blocked bindings to yellowbacks, cheap books with paper covered boards featuring pictorial blocked designs. Even publishers concerned mainly with the lower end of the market experimented with more decorative cloth bindings.

1855 Nichol patented a case-making machine for books, although this was not immediately adopted.

Oriental inspired designs appeared and continued into the 1890s.

Bead and pebble grain were introduced.