John Gray Silverpoints
(Elkin Mathews and John Lane,1893)
C.109.c.6 vellum; C.134.c.14 cloth
21.5x11 cm

  David Dwight Wells
Her Ladyship's Elephant (Heinemann, 1898) 012623.i.14. 19.5x13 cm.
Bound in canvas blocked in black, grey and yellow. Designed by the artist William Nicholson.
  Publishers' bookbindings


Binding designs reflected artistic trends, including art nouveau.

The design of publishers' bindings was not restricted to specialist designers; artists frequently contributed too.