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Friday, January 31, 2014

Submission to the "Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books Touring Exhibition 2014-15"

A new binding for submission to the "Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books Touring Exhibition 2014-15".  "Tonge's Travels" was published by The Old School Press in Bath and features watercolour illustrations by John Watts.   The original was a manuscript travel diary from 1857 recording Mr. George Tonge's boat trip through the Mediterranean.     I used my paste papers cut into strips and onlaid onto the full calf binding to suggest both water and the notion of a hand-written document.  I added a couple of Moleskine style touches including a pocket in the back which I supplied with paste paper "postcards" of sights along the route, and a foredge strap, here depicted lying in front of the open book. The show opens at St Bride's Church, Fleet St., London on May 14 of this year.  See you at the opening!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sherlock for Christmas

A Xmas present for my wife, a big Sherlock fan from way back.  Mary cautiously permitted me to rebind her taped up 2 volume set of the Complete Stories that she has had since the early '70's.  She had indicated a liking for one of my recent paste papers-this one with added black ink details that gave it a certain spikeyness.  That and a bit of green goatskin did the trick. She liked the result -which made two of us.