J. E. Hodgkin Monograms, Ancient and Modern
(Longmans, 1866)
7855.a.34   front cover 13x11.5 cm

  The binding designs of John Leighton

The Victorian 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.