This book contains a biography of my grandmother Marie-Laure and this is her face, tooled by hand with dots on pale blue goatskin. Traditional laced-on-boards french binding style.
Full white calf binding. Removal of the bath plug on the front board reveals the end of the title.
This binding was a "destinguished winner" in the Designer Bookbinders international competition in 2009.
- Tristan und Isolde
Libretto of the famous opera by Richard Wagner
Dos rapporté binding. Spine in pale blue niger with blind lettering, boards in decorated leather.
- Fables amusantes
avec une table générale et particulière des mots et de leur signification en anglois, John Perrin, London, 1793
This book is an 18th century french manual for english pupils, containing fables in french by Jean Perrin, followed by a french/english index. It seemed like an appropriate book for me to bind, a frenchman living in England.
And equally, a suitable object for a conservation binding.
The textblock was entirely washed, resized and repaired using the highest standards of conservation and the binding is a dos rapporté (non-intrusive) structure in decorated leathers.
The boards display quotes from the book, that respond to its title "fables amusantes". They were embossed in black foil from a block based on my original hand-written notes.
- Twelfth night
- This is a 1880s Ward Lock's Penny Shakespeare, a lovely and collectable example of an early affordable edition of Shakespeare. Presumably this copy has been used as script by actors, for it is stuffed with various annotations, making it an interesting object full of history.The Slim brochure printed on very thin paper was left entirely untouched, sewn onto an 'onion stub' and covered in decorated leather over boards.