Eight Wood Engravings on a Theme of Pan, by Barry Moser

By: samuelfeinstein

May 18 2013

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Eight Wood Engravings On a Theme of Pan by Barry Moser.  Pennyroyal Press, Northampton, MA.  1980.  Edition of 130.  Artist’s copy 3/3.

 

Technical Description

Full brown goatskin binding sewn on four flattened cords with waxed linen thread, rounded and backed to 90 degrees, then laced into boards.  The top edge was then gilt using a wheat starch size; double core headbands were sewn with silk.  The spine was lined with Japanese tissue, then with suede and sanded smooth, then a hollow of University of Iowa flax paper was attached.  The covering leather is from Harmatan leathers.  The covers are tooled in 23K gold leaf with a leather onlay that spans the spine, going from board to board; a single gilt rule is on the board edges; a blind tooled line meets the marbled paper on the turn-ins.  The endsheets are Hahnemuhle Ingres paper, marbled by the binder.  The book is housed in an archival full cloth clamshell box with leather label on the spine.  Bound in 2013.

 

Design

Barry Moser’s engravings on Pan are fun and celebratory of life and its pleasures, and the design was created with that mindset in mind.  The design on the covers is based on the title page, built up with gouges and a single line fillet.  The fillet was used instead of pieces of line to match the subtle line curves in the characters and also to reflect the hand-work of the characters.  The leather onlay is a lighter, yellower brown in keeping with the woodsy tone, with a celebratory garland of tiny circles weaving in and out of the characters.  The marbled endsheets are a tribute to the calligraphic flourishes throughout the book, which are in several different colors.

 

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