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Title: The Black Cat

The Black Cat

The Black Cat


The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe | bound by artist in 2014 | $3000

Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1984.

Full goatskin fine binding: sewn on flattened cords laced into boards and covered in Paul DelRue’s “Tudor style” of overlapping strips of leather. Tooling and titling in carbon and palladium leaf. Hand-sewn, French-style silk endbands, head rough gilt in white gold leaf. Black cave paper doublures and gray ultrasuede flyleaves.

9.5 x 6.75 x 1"

In this classic Poe short story, the protagonist is plagued by both his wife and a black cat. The design of abstracted sound waves echoes the cat’s cries from behind a cellar wall that betrayed his murderous activities.