fascination with all things medieval was reflected in the gothic
design and decoration of many books of the period. An example of
this interest is John Eliot Hodgkin's Monograms, produced
in the shape of a shield. Leighton's binding, mirroring the many
examples of monograms within the text, is his most sustained heraldic
design. Both covers are blocked in gold and black on green sand
grain cloth, with red bead grain onlay for the central shields.
The author's monogram, JEH, is blocked within the shield on the
lower cover, while Leighton's monogram appears on both covers.