Edward St Aubyn
goatskin, coloured paper under transparent vellum Yellow Japanese tissue.
All edges gilt
224 x 145 x 32mm
Bound by Stuart Brockman
Japanese paper end leaves made up and added; all edges gilt; book sewn on
4 linen tapes; original dust
wrapper bound in; loose guards at first and
last sections put down; spine glued and shaped; laminated
laced on; double end-bands sewn on; spine lined with unbleached cotton and
paper; book covered with black goatskin and inlaid panels made
up of transparent vellum over paper;
mass gold tooled inlays added; gold
lettering to spine; binding housed in velvet lined
cloth box, box lettered
in gold on the spine. .
"The design reflects the family tree with the mass gold tooled semi-circles
representing characters from the
book. Eleanor, the Grandmother, is on the
rear board. The larger semi-circle on the front board represents
and his two sons Robert and Thomas are the smaller ones. The red lines linking
these represent a bloodline
linking all four characters. The yellow line
represents inherited money, hence the break between Mother and Son.
line goes directly from Eleanor to the Transpersonal federation group represented
by the circular
motif on the front board. The positioning of the motif represents
how the group come between the family
members. The rear board has a Euro
symbol on the money line and a link to France represented
by the flag. The
flag links to shapes representing sun, sea and the beach."