Karen Hanmer

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Title: Hasluck Bookbinding

Hasluck Bookbinding

Hasluck Bookbinding


Bookbinding with Numerous Engravings and Diagrams| bound by artist in 2014 | $4000
available from The Kelmscott Bookshop

Edited by Paul N. Hasluck, Grove, Wantage, England: The Black Swan Press, 1992, reprint of 1902 first edition.

Full goatskin binding with laced-in boards. Trade book disbound, guarded and resewn on flattened cords, leather hinge, marbled paper by Pamela Smith. Hand sewn, silk headbands; three edges sprinkled with blue acrylic ink. Blind title and tooling, acrylic pochoir. Illustrations scanned from the text and laser printed onto goatskin onlays.

Illustrations scanned from the text and inkjet printed onto Mohawk Superfine cover, then hand cut into pop-ups, are sewn inside each of the text block’s ten signatures.

8.5 x 5.5 x 2”

The design for this binding is inspired by the text’s charming vintage illustrations, many of which feature disembodied hands performing common binding tasks. Tooling and pochoir further illuminate aspects of structure and process: beating the text block prior to sewing, sawing in sewing stations, lacing on boards, turning in and forming corners, tooling, and the figure-eight motion of the polishing iron.