Leather labels for Antiquarian Books?



Here is a lovely set of 18th century bindings with the original coloured endpapers, and just light toning etc. I have strengthened the corners, hinges and top & tail of the spines as required. However, to give this set the “x-factor”; I want to replace the leather title labels and volume number labels. Modern leather labels are easy to do – But they stand out like a sore thumb! What I need is someone who can reproduce the style/age of the 18th Century, to blend sympathetically with the age and condition of these books. Can anyone help?

These books are for sale in their present condition on : http://www.beckhambooksonline.com  –  Always open to offers!

Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745  / Edited by Hawkesworth, John, 1715?-1773 / Engravings by Muller, I. S.


The Works of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin. Accurately Revised, in Twelve Volumes. Adorned with Copper-Plates; with Some Account of the Author’s Life, and Notes Historical and Explanatory by John Hawkesworth.


London : Printed for C. Bathurst, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, R. and J. Dodsley, L. Davis and C. Reymers, J. Ward, R. Baldwin, S. Crowder and Co. and W. Bowyer, M. DCCLX. [ 1760 ] .


A very good 12 volume set in the original matching full leather bindings. 8vo (but with horizontal chain lines). 7.00″  x 4.75″ x 0.75″. Brown full calf with mottled pattern and gilt border. Spines with 5 raised bands and gilt decorated compartments (now rubbed and chipped). Most volume and title labels are absent. Hinges and corners carefully strengthened. All page edges gilt (now dulled). Inner gilt dentelles. Original rich pink coloured endpapers. Owner’s signature to each front free-endpaper: “Revd. Dr. Jekyll” *. All titles in red & black and dated 1760. All engravings designed and engraved by I. S. Muller. Clean text and engravings throughout, just a little off-setting and the odd blemish.


  • Vol. 1: [2pp.]/pp.15/[1p.]/pp.73/[1p.]/pp.17/[p.1]/pp.190 with 8 full-page engravings (including the frontispiece).
  • Vol. 2: [2pp.]/pp.16/pp.292 , with one diagram and 5 engraved maps.
  • Vol. 3: [13pp.]/pp.10 – pp.277/[1p. – Adverts].
  • Vol. 4: [4pp.]/pp.222.
  • Vol. 5: [2pp.]/pp.16/pp.239/1p. – Adverts].
  • Vol. 6: [10pp.]/pp.271.
  • Vol. 7: [2pp.]/pp.4/pp.435 (ending with 2 leaves of musical notation).
  • Vol. 8: [4pp.]/pp.236 .
  • Vol. 9: [4pp.]/pp.260 .
  • Vol. 10: [4pp.]/pp.246 .
  • Vol. 11: [4pp.]/pp.222 .
  • Vol. 12: [2pp.]/pp.4/pp.232 .


A well preserved set of this comprehensive work.


Referenced by: Teerink-Scouten 90 [H. Teerink, A Bibliography of the Writings of Jonathan Swift, second edition, ed. Arthur H. Scouten (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1963)].


* Rev. John Jekyll, LL.D., M.A., of Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, Precentor of St. David’s Cathedral, Vicar of Evercreech, Somerset 1769-71, born 1739, educated at Pembroke College, Oxford, married Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel Webb of Roundhill Grange, Charlton Musgrove, Somerset. – Burke’s Landed Gentry 1906 Edition. He was buried at Dallington, Northamptonshire on 2 Mar 1777 .


Rudyard Kipling – Under The Deodars

Rudyard Kipling  -  Under The Deodars

By Rudyard Kipling.

Fourth Edition.

No. 4 Indian Railway Library .

London: Sampson, Low, Marston, & Company, Limited, [ no date – c. 1890? ] .

A nice tight binding in the original grey-green paper wraps. pp.96 . 8.50″ x 5.50″ . Title and illustration to front cover and adverts to the rear cover. Edges rubbed, spine and hinges carefully strengthened with loss to the spine and inner edge of the front cover. Further adverts appear on the inside covers. Printed title, lightly soiled, otherwise clean text throughout. G+.

Under the Deodars (first published 1888) is a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling. The titles are: The Education of Otis Yeere; At the Pit’s Mouth; A Wayside Comedy; The Hill of Illusion; A Second-rate Woman; Only a Subaltern.

“The Indian Railway Library was an enterprise conducted in Allahabad from 1888. It was a publishing venture of A. H. Wheeler & Co., who “had the monopoly on bookstall sales on Indian railway stations”. It was a series of pamphlets intended to catch the interest of railway passengers, and offer cheap ‘throwaway’ reading material. The series began as a result of an initiative by Rudyard Kipling as he sought to assemble funds to return to England from India in 1888: He approached the senior partner of A. H. Wheeler & Co.; Emile Moreau, with the proposal to publish his stories in cheap booklet form. The booklets were to have grey-green cards covers, with illustrations by Rudyard’s father John Lockwood Kipling. Six booklets were eventually produced, which sold at the price of one rupee. They were all by Rudyard Kipling, and consisted mainly of reprints of stories that had already appeared in several of the periodicals for which he was already writing in India. They were all originally published in 1888. However, due to their popularity they were subsequently re-printed in England by Sampson Low, Marston & Company, at the price of one shilling.” – See Wikipedia .

Poems Of Pleasure. By Ella Wilcox. Reproduced from a manuscript inscribed and illuminated by F. S. Sangorski and G. S. Sutcliffe .

Modern books and even modern reproductions of old books, may look nice. But they don’t feel right. So is this down to the way the book was put togehter? Or, does the old book absorb some of the emotions of the reader?  – Call me an old romantic!

Here’s a lovely book which has just come in:

Poems Of Pleasure. By Ella Wilcox. Reproduced from a manuscript inscribed and illuminated by F. S. Sangorski and G. S. Sutcliffe .

London: Published By Siegle Hill & Co., [no date – c. 1911] .

A very good copy in the original cloth binding. 4to. 7.50″ x 5.75″ x 0.75″. [6pp.]/pp.85/[3pp.] Crimson cloth with watered silk effect, front board with bright gilt titles and elaborate decoration, spine with similar decoration (now faded), corners bumped, rear board clean. Top page edge gilt, all other edges deckled (rough-cut). Pretty floral patterned endpapers in green and mauve. Neat inscription to front free-endpaper, dated 1915. Beautiful colour frontis by Frank C. Pape, laid down within a decorated coloured border, followed by the title page with similar elaborate decoration. Each page of text has a coloured capital and decoration which extends around the page edge. Top edge gilt. Beautifully illuminated in the style of a medieval manuscript (reproduced from a manuscript inscribed and Illuminated by F. S. Sangorski and G. S. Sutcliffe) . Colophon states: “Printed by W. W. Curtis Ltd. at the Cheylesmore Press, Coventry.” Clean text and bright colours on heavy grade quality paper .

A lovely book !”Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850–October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion . Her most enduring work was “Solitude”, which contains the lines: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone”. Her autobiography; The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death. A popular poet rather than a literary poet, in her poems she expresses sentiments of cheer and optimism in plainly written, rhyming verse. Her world view is expressed in the title of her poem “Whatever Is—Is Best”, suggesting an echo of Alexander Pope ‘s “Whatever is, is right.” None of Wilcox’s works were included by F. O. Matthiessen in The Oxford Book of American Verse, but Hazel Felleman chose no fewer than fourteen of her poems for Best Loved Poems of the American People, while Martin Gardner selected “Solitude” and “The Winds of Fate” for Best Remembered Poems .” – See American Poems dot com.