by Samuel Beckett
John Calder 1959, First edition
140 x 200 x 37mm
Full leather binding in medium grey goatskin. Grey leather joints and doublures. The endpapers have been printed using drypoint etching technique. Hand sewn silk headbands. Hand tooling in light grey shades.
Beckett's three novels in non-traditional narrative explore the themes of the existentialist: One is born, one suffers, and one dies. We must go on amid the evidence that life is meaningless, hopeless, full of despair and anguish. The design is to represent meaningless scratches one makes in order to carry on living ('I can't go on, I will go on.'). Tooling has been used as a method of creating texture (as opposed to a method of decorating accurately).
by Italo Calvino
Secker & Warburg 1985, First edition
139 x 214 x 10mm
Full leather binding in orange goatskin with tooling in various colours. Ultra flatback. Endpapers printed using cyanotype process. Hand sewn silk headbands.
In 27 short chapters, Mr. Palomar makes philosophical observations about the world around him. Calvino describes a man on a quest to quantify complex phenomena in a search for fundamental truths on the nature of being. There is a thematic index at the end of the book and all the letters and punctuation marks from the titles of sections, subsections and chapters (i.e. 1. Mr. Palomar’s Vacation / 1.3.3. The Contemplation of the Stars) have been jumbled to create the cover of the book typographically.
by Russell Maret
Twenty-Six Linoleum Cuts by Russell Maret
234 x 320 x 18mm
Full leather binding in black goatskin with off white goatskin onlays. Black leather joints and doublures. Title tooled in blind on spine. Lether headbands with silk highlights.
One line from each alphabet character of the title appears on the cover - L, I, N, E, A, R, A on the front cover and T, O , L, I, N, E, A, R, Z on the back cover.
by Bruce Chatwin
Folio Society, 2010
Illustrated by Simon Pemberton
163 x 226 x 37mm
Full leather binding in brown goatskin with over a thousand goatskin inlays in various colours. Brown leather joints and doublures. Leather headbands with various coloured silk highlights. Hand printed endpapers using strings and acrylic paints.
The Songlines is a travelogue combining fiction, nonfiction, history and myth about Aboriginal culture. Chatwin journeys across Central Australia trying to understand the songlines and universalising what he sees in Aboriginal culture to defend his theory that man is essentially a nomadic creature. Design and colour are inspired by Aboriginal dot paintings from Papunya Tula Art Movement.