Les Contes de Ma Mere L'Oye. [Art Binding]
Perrault, Charles; Delprat, Sophie (illus); Herault, Claire (illus); Koechlin, Lionel (illus); Zirnhelt, Jean-Louis (illus); Stackpole, Julie (binder)
Price: 2,650.00 USD
Chevreuse, France: Biennales Mondiales de la Reliure D' Art, 2006. Limited Edition/Unique Binding. Hardcover. Text in French. This binding was produced for an international competition/exhibition in France for which this textblock was specially produced (the signatures provided to the binders "in sheets"). The artist chose collage as a means to bring the various tales to light, the endpages (and balancing block in the front) was chosen as the various colors and feeling of the marbled papers tie all the various panels together. The stories/panels are: Front Board: "Red Riding Hood": Red wool cloth & wolf/coyote fur. "Sleeping Beauty": William Morris paper. "The Faries": Snakeskin, ostrich skin (for the toads), Redoute rose paper (the prince), rhinestones. Sample of the endpaper's marbled paper. "Griselidis": Finely-curled sheepskin (the shepardess) and a Florentine paper (the prince). "Cinderella": Fabric used in Cinderella's dress for a play over fleur de lys paper. Back Board: "Bluebeard": Blue-dyed curly fur over a Gibson Girls paper in red. "The Silly Wishes": The peasant's elongated nose in flesh leather, over paper. "Riquet of the Tuft": Paper with an 18th cent. courtly scene over a formal paper. "Donkey Skin": Fabrics of sky-blue moire, gold lace, and cloth of silver under ratty gray leather. "Puss-In-Boots": Rabbit fur in a course linen "sack" over a paper with cat. A whimsical and beautifully excuted binding. Tight, bright and unmarred. Slipcase bright and clean. Full celadon green goatskin boards, 12 recessed panels, each decorated in various media (fabrics, fur, paper, leather, snakeskin, etc) to illustrate one of the 11 stories (plus one with the endpage as a unifying element), black ink lettering at spine on green and red leather labels, custom silk headbands, top of textblock colored to match endpages, marbled endpages, leather hinges; slipcase has in blind tooled leather label, lined with padded brushed white denim. 8vo. 171pp. Illus. (b/w plates). Limited edition, this being copy 246. Limited Edition/Unique Binding. Fine in Fine Slipcase.