Decorative binding of 'Mars', 1895.

Decorative binding of 'Mars', 1895.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


Decorative binding of 'Mars' by Percival Lowell (1855-1916) published in Boston, New York State in 1895. The cloth is red, the colour of Mars, with a gold blocked Mars, complete with the 'canals' that Lowell thought he had observed through his telescope. Many publishers used bright, decorative covers for popular books.

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