Title: Mayor of Casterbridge
Author: Thomas Hardy
Publication date: New York: H. Holt, 1886
Library: American Bookbinders Museum
Call number: KR1870.013
Submitted by: Elspeth Olson
Though it now resides in a special collections library at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco, this began life as a part of the circulating collection of the Petersham Free Library (founded 1879).
Decorative cloth binding. Very Good – Leisure Hours Series No. 191. Bound in the uniform series binding of mustard colored cloth with black stamped diagonal Japanese-influenced design to front cover of a spider with web, an oak leaf and branch, and a small open fan. Spine has title in gilt with black stamping and Henry Holt publisher’s device of owl. Stamping of reeds and cattails continues around to the rear cover. Publisher’s advertisements printed in red to endpapers. Covers have wear, a few small white specks. Library bookplate. 356 pp. Series began in the 1870’s, thus the Japanese design. Series titles are scarce. 50.00