Inheritance of Loss by
with linen thread on unbleached linen tapes. Japanese paper flyleaves printed
with digital photograph of ferns.
238 x 157 x 34mm
Bound by Angela James
Calf leather joints. Double board construction: first board laced on with
the sewing tapes. Double silk headbands
worked using the colours of the Indian
flag. Spine covered with light blue goatskin with very thin onlays of airbrushed
and black calf. Upper boards covered off the book and then laminated onto
the lower boards and covering leather
turned in. Front board - natural calf with colour photograph printed on to
the upper part. Design drawn in resist medium
and airbrushed with metallic
inks. Onlay of transfer photocopy on natural calf with ink staining. Gold
Back board - photograph printed onto upper part. Resist design airbrushed
with acrylic inks. Onlays of red, yellow
and green airbrushed calf. Photograph
and words printed onto calf. Gold tooled stars. Light blue goatskin doublures.
Front doublure has onlay of red and black airbrushed calf.
Signed at back A.P.J. 2006
"The book is set in two starkly contrasting places - the far North
of India and New York - and this is the reason for
the two very different
designs on front and back; the spine separating each and representing the
The design is, I think, self explanatory. Mount Kanchenjunga in the distance,
the lush green growth of fern and
banana leaves, sparkling with moisture
and the gold diamonds the light glinting through the leaves.
The house is, or was, an actual house in the Darjeeling area and the leather
on the left is discoloured to
suggest the creeping decay of the house in
the book. The obvious symbols of New York on the back cover are
recognisable worldwide. Biju is represented as a small boy, making him seem
the fast and impersonal city. Parts of the Nepali flag are suggested on the
spine and on the front doublure."