2011
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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
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.