Karen Hanmer

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Title: The Jumping Frog

The Jumping Frog

The Jumping Frog


The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain | bound by artist in 2014 | $3000

Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1985

Full goatskin fine binding: sewn on flattened cords laced into boards. Goatskin onlays and inlaid lines, some craquele with India ink. Tooling in gold and colored foils, title in blind. Hand-sewn, French-style silk endbands, head treated with watercolor in a variety of greens and browns. Impression of onlay on edge-to-edge doublure offsets onto suede flyleaf.

8.5 x 6 x 1"

In Twain’s short story, a man who loves to bet is swindled by a stranger who immobilizes the gambler’s prize jumping-frog by filling it with shot.