The Voices of the Year; or, The Poet's Kalendar
(Griffin & Co., 1865)
11651.h.9   25x16.5 cm

Voices of the Year
  The binding designs of John Leighton

This is a particularly dense design, identical on both covers, blocked on purple sand grain cloth. The elaborate border pattern is matched by the prominent criss-cross of diamonds on the inner corners, with flowers blocked in hatch gold within each diamond. The strapwork is zoomorphic, terminating in the heads of birds, whose beaks grip the straps. Although they look straightforward, the central medallion and the roundel containing the sub-title are fine examples of the sophisticated work of the engravers who cut the block.