Cover to a book on inland navigation, 1906.
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Decorative binding from 'Our waterways: a history of inland navigation considered as a branch of water conservancy' by Urquhart A Forbes (b 1850) and W H R Ashford, published by John Murray in London in 1906. The development of publishers' book bindings in the late nineteenth century led to a huge increase of bright, decorative covers for popular science and technology books. Most were unsigned by artists employed by the publishers. This example shows a tranquil river scene with a bridge in the background.