Poems in Prose by Charles Baudelaire

By: samuelfeinstein

Jan 05 2014

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Poems in Prose by Charles Baudelaire, translated by Arthur Symons.  Thomas Mosher, Portland, ME.  1909


Technical Description:

Full heavy (and natural) grained black goatskin binding; the text block was re-sewn on recessed linen cords, using the original sewing holes, with linen thread; rounded and backed to 90 degrees; the top edge was then gilt “in the rough”, or without trimming, using a wheat starch size; the boards were attached with the linen cords and Japanese tissue; double core headbands were sewn with silk.  The spine was lined with Japanese tissue, then with suede and sanded smooth; then a hollow of Katie MacGregor’s flax/cotton blend paper was attached; and the book was then covered with black goatskin leather.  The covers were tooled in 23K gold leaf and 21K “moon gold” leaf (gold with silver and palladium).  The endpapers, a single thin line of yellow ochre flourishing its way across the sheet, marbled by the binder, were pasted down; a gilt frame was tooled around them.  The book is housed in an archival full cloth clamshell box with leather label on the spine.  Bound in 2013.




Both boards and spine.


Front paste-down and fly leaf


Rear paste-down and fly leaf.


Both boards open.


Top edge (gilt without trimming), double-core silk headband, and headcap detail.


One comment on “Poems in Prose by Charles Baudelaire”

  1. Samuel Feinstein: I’m always on the lookout for Mosher books newly bound. Attractive binding, although I’m not a fan of the more heavy leathers. Still, congratulations on a job well done. By the way, I really enjoy the “Dance of Death” binding you did for the Horizon exhibition.

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