The Sisters Brothers by
Bound by Peter Jones
Sewn on 4 tapes laced into laminated boards. Black endpapers incorporating
overwidth black leather joints put down as doublure. Doublure completed
with black paper matching ends. All edges coloured solid black. Covered
in multiple leathers scarf jointed, inlaid and onlaid. Moulded headcaps.
Leather predominantly goat with two panels of calf. Beechwood inlay to back
board. Some blind tooling. Gold tooling to front board, ‘silver’ to
back. 4 tools specifically cut for binding with concave faces to enhance
reflection from impressions.
Overall the design is intended to reflect the light hearted tone of the
narrative. The spine area is a whimsical reference to some of the episodes
that befall the brothers on their travels from Oregon City to Sacramento.
There is Eli’s
fear of spiders, a chain of coloured stones hung over a doorway, four murderous
henchmen in pointed hats, and the barrels of the formula which reveals the gold.
The front board is Charlie’s. The gun muzzle and gold reflect his lust
for killing and desire to accumulate wealth. The back board is a reference to
Eli, as much preoccupied with his new toothbrush and the fizz of the bubbles
it creates as with the task in hand.