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.

 

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Both boards and spine.

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Front paste-down and fly leaf

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Rear paste-down and fly leaf.

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Both boards open.

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

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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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