Words by the Way-Side

A 1855 botanical story for children in an attractive John Leighton binding


Emily Ayton, illustrated by H Anelay, binding by John Leighton


Grant & Griffith, London, 1855
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback bound in the original cloth in a binding designed and signed by John Leighton (his J.L. initials are stamped in gilt to the upper board). Leighton's binding is a gilt infant dancing to the upper board and with titling and a hand offering flowers to the spine. 17.5 × 13cm, 159pp + 16pp ads.

A charming Victorian children's book which combines a story for young people whilst educating about some basics of plants and botany. The binder, John Leighton (1822–1912), came from a family of binders as well as being an illustrator (under the name Luke Limner). His bindings are wonderfully high Victorian intense gilt designs.


The head of the spine is damaged and crudely repaired, the boards a little faded and rubbed. The contents in good readable condition, and a nice example of Leighton's binding.



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