Cover to 'Heroes of science', 1913.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Decorative cover in red publishers' cloth showing the Leaning Tower of Pisa 'from which Galileo let fall the weights', blocked in gold surrounded by a decorative border. Just showing on the spine is Benjamin Franklin experimenting with his kite. 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. Cover to 'Heroes of science' by Charles R Gibson (1870-1931) published in London in 1913.