Karen Hanmer

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Title: Frankenstein, illustrated by Lynd Ward

Frankenstein, illustrated by Lynd Ward

Frankenstein, illustrated by Lynd Ward

Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, illustrated by Lynd Ward | bound by artist in 2018 | $3500

Lakewood, Colorado: Centipede Press, 2006

Limp vellum binding based on the non-adhesive “clip-on cover” structure developed by Kathy Abbott. Text block sewn long stitch into veiny calf vellum wrapper; covered in limp vellum case of deer, calf, and goat (some dyed by the binder); pieces stitched together with vellum laces; tabbed corners. Graphite head, hand titling in foil, Bugra flexi endpapers.

12.5 x 8 x 1”
31 x 21 x 3 cm

The construction of this binding mirrors Dr. Frankenstein’s process: forming one creature from parts of many.