(Cambridge: Printed for the Rampant Lion's Press for Vintage Publications, 1978). 197 x 270 mm. (7 3/4 x 10 1/2"). 56 pp. No. 199 OF 350 COPIES for sale (of a total edition of 370), SIGNED by Aiden Mackey and Richard Ingrams.
CHARMING WHITE SHEEPSKIN BINDING FEATURING A FUNCTIONING DOOR BY ANGELA JAMES (stamp-signed and dated "1985" on lower turn-in), bevelled boards painted in speckled yellow and dappled light blue, with a raised strip of yellow sheepskin stretching across both covers, rising on the front cover to frame a wooden panelled door painted blue with a brass knob, hinges, and a name plate etched with the title, this opening to reveal a multi-media collage depicting Mr. Chesterton at tea; doublures in blue calf. Housed in a matching blue cloth folding case, lined with blue calf and thick yellow fleece, upper cover with button closure and leather label. With 18 illustrations, comprised of 16 hitherto unpublished pencil drawings by G. K. Chesterton, photo-frontispiece showing Chesterton with his family, and a map of London. Title printed in brown and black. With an introductory essay on Chesterton as an artist by Richard Ingrams. A pristine copy.
In an immensely charming binding by someone celebrated for memorably inventive work, this is a unique copy of Aiden Mackey’s essay to accompany previously unpublished drawings by G. K. Chesterton. Well known as a successful writer in many genres, Chesterton (1874-1936) had originally intended to become an illustrator, and with that in mind had attended the Slade School of Art at University College London. But he did not finish a degree, and his early success as an art and literary critic led him away from a field in which he had considerable talent, as can be seen in the pages of this book. Our volume was exhibited at the Designer Bookbinders Exhibition at Leighton House, 11-25 November 1985, and illustrated in "The New Bookbinder" (vol. 8, 1988, p.74; vol. 10, 1990, p. 52 [with color plates opposite p. 45]; and vol. 13, 1993, p. 8). James discussed the binding in great detail in volume 10, commenting that, "this is one of the bindings I most enjoyed working on, as it presented me with a number of challenges and gave me a great deal of enjoyment. I hope Mr. Chesterton would have been amused." She recruited her father to turn the brass doorknob (with the finial of an old round-pin electrical plug) and she was particularly pleased with the door, which continues to open as intended. James served as president of the Designer Bookbinders from 1990 to 1996. According to her biography on the organization's website, she conceives fine bindings "primarily in terms of colour and formal/informal design relationships." Using studio-dyed leathers, she creates covers which often exhibit "geometrical hard-edge onlays and inlays alongside informal and free-flowing elements." She has published two books on her craft, "The Art of Binding Books" (1991) and "The Handmade Book" (2000). (ST12840)
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