Karen Hanmer

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Title: Elephants Battle Aggressive Vegetation in Ancient Egypt

Elephants Battle Aggressive Vegetation in Ancient Egypt

Elephants Battle Aggressive Vegetation in Ancient Egypt

 

Elephants Battle Aggressive Vegetation in Ancient Egypt: Mix & match decorative motifs from the designed bindings collections at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia | 2011 | $700

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A boxed set of 7 plaquettes: binders’ board covered with inkjet printed cotton backed with Japanese tissue, each plaquette 7.5 x 4.75”

Housed in clamshell box: bookcloth over binders’ board, inkjet-printed label, 9 x 5.5 x 1 ¾”

Accordion-fold colophon includes artist’s statement, small images of the five books from The Athenaeum’s collection and image credits.

Edition of 20

Elephants Battle Aggressive Vegetation in Ancient Egypt: Mix & match decorative motifs from the designed bindings collections at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia creates new cover designs by combining elements from each of the five late nineteenth and early twentieth century publishers’ bindings The Athenaeum made available online to artists in the fall of 2011.

Part decorative arts and part cabinet of curiosities, the five bindings represent a cross section of styles, including Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, and Egyptian Revival.

The new cover designs, like those they take as their starting point, reflect late nineteenth century interest in exotic locales, architecture, flora and fauna.

Please note these sets are made to order and may not be available for immediate delivery.