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News archive for March 2014 — Extraordinary Editions

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26 March 2014

SUSAN ALLIX

Bazaar is a book large in format, noisy in colour, and crowded with textures and patterns. It contains a collection of observations on the experiences of visiting these chaotic, vibrant and expressive places, together with a series of eight original prints.

 The wanderings are set out in sections devoted to different subjects, among which are food and flowers, spices, personalities and a section on temple memorabilia. There are crabs with electric blue legs in Alexandria, spare teeth in Marrakesh, marigolds in Mysore, woven beds in Jaipur and cheroot-smoking ladies somewhere near Pindaya in Burma.

 The words and images are taken from writings and drawings and photographs made in the various locations. The text is designed and laid out simply and spaciously. It is printed letterpress in Optima – Roman and Italic – with titles in 36 point Roman Open, on 200gsm. Zerkall paper using colours that integrate with the prints.

 You can see more of Susan's stunning works at susanallix.com

26 March 2014

SUSAN ALLIX [2]

Susan incorporates intaglio processes such as etching, aquatint, drypoint, carborundum, and surface roll with hand colouring. Of the eight images, one is a lino cut and the large letters of the title page have also been cut in lino. The prints are complicated, using multiple colours and separate plates, often inked ‘a la poupee’ with further hand work in watercolour and acrylic. The paper for the prints is J. Green  310gsm. mould made, bought from the mill before it closed many years ago.

Each of the eight openings is enclosed in a sheet of hand made paper that extends beyond the edges of the printed pages, acting as a frame to accentuate the colour and atmosphere of the spread. Most of these papers have been made especially for this book in the paper-making town of Sanganer in India. Their brightness, pattern and shine help to create, in their close proximity to one another, something of the confusion and exhilaration felt in a crowded bazaar.

 The whole is enclosed in a binding of silk, leather and painted paper over boards, with endpapers and doublures of hand made paper. The spine is leather with the silks and paper arranged on the boards, and the ‘floating’ headband is made to accommodate the variations in pages. The title is lettered in wide spacing in coloured foils on the front board. Each book is different in colour and design, and is enclosed in a dark blue cloth box. The book measures 55x42 cms. (58x44 cms. boxed), has 86 pages and is in a limited edition of 14 copies.

 

20 March 2014

ARTISTS' CHOICE EDITIONS & INKY PARROT PRESS

Exhibitors on the FPBA stand at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair - No: 3

Publishers of books with a strong interest in illustration and Lewis Carroll. We will be exhibiting Illustrating Alice, exploring over 500 sets of illustrations for these two books, a new Through the Looking-Glass with illustrations by John Vernon Lord and the last few copies of Alice’s Adventures under Ground, typeset with Lewis Carroll’s original drawings, enlarged and coloured by Ian Beck.

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14 March 2014

BOOKS ILLUSTRATED

Exhibitors on the FPBA stand at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair - No: 2

Books Illustrated have over the years specialised in original illustrations, championing some of our most loved and most famous illustrators. Now they are breaking out into publishing some stunningly illustrated books.

Shown here is Purr & Feather a collection of much loved poems about cats and owls, brought to life by Angel Dominguez, the award-winning illustrator who so richly illustrated ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ in 1996.

See more at www.booksillustrated.com

14 March 2014

THE OLD SCHOOL PRESS

Exhibitors on the FPBA stand at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair - No: 1

At The Old School Press, Martyn & Angela Ould print and publish new texts in limited editions with specially commissioned illustrations. We use traditional letterpress printing techniques – metal type and fine papers – and our books are hand-bound to our designs.

click here to go to their website www.theoldschoolpress.com