Letters of John Quincy Adams, to His Son, on the Bible and Its Teachings.
Auburn, NY: Derby, Miller & Co.,
Binding, striped cloth, 19th c.One of the rarest items in my collection of American nineteenth-century cloth bindings is this exemplar that combines both stripes and dots. Striped cloth, all of which was imported from England, was the most uncommon used by American binders roughly between the mid-1830s to the early/mid-1850s, when it disappeared from use. Polka dot bindings appeared in the late 1840s, so I would classify this cloth as primarily a striped binding. Still, with the addition of the dot pattern within one of the bands, it is highly unusual, as polka dot cloth appeared at this time almost exclusively in England.