Monday, March 19, 2012

Le Bateau Ivre (The Drunken Boat)

Le Bateau Ivre (The Drunken Boat). One of 250 copies, signed by the artist and designer, Thierry Despont, with text in French and English translation and twenty-eight drawings by Despont.

This copy is in a Sylvia Rennie binding of full blue calf with a design of seven stiff, curvilinear shapes of polished blue, black, and white calf mounted to the front cover as a sculptural element evoking waves and sails. Sylvia Rennie was a student of Hugo Peller, the Swiss master binder, and her work has been shown in a one-woman show at Kroch and Brentano in Chicago, and in other universities and galleries around the world.

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