Karen Hanmer

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Title: De Bray

De Bray

De Bray

Dirck De Bray: Kort Onderweijs van het Boecken Binden / A Short Instruction in the Binding of Books | bound by artist in 2012 | $600

edited by Koert van der Horst and Clemens de Wolf, Atelier De Ganzenweide, 2012, original manuscript 1658.

Bradel binding using John Demerritt’s technique. Cave paper spine and boards, rolled leather endbands, graphite top edge, Burga endsheets. Gold stamping and hand-tooling. Quotes and illustrations from text.

6.75 x 9.5 x.75 / 24 x 17 x 11.5 cm

The text and illustrations in this design highlight the original purpose of de Bray’s manuscript: achieving mastery of the hand-binding process; and also the bilingual nature of the contemporary text. The use of vellum for the illustrations references the original binding of the manuscript.