(Sydney: Bookbinding Exhibitions Australia, 2005). 215 x 152 mm. (8 1/4 x 6"). xvi, 55 pp.Translated by Margaret Whitlam ("Charley") and Maurice Blackman ("Jim et Jack"). With an introduction in French by Jean-Paul Delamotte and a foreward in English by Maurice Blackman. No. 83 OF 150 TOTAL COPIES.
Attractive and supple limp Australian calf by Constance K. Wozny (signed in ink in colophon), cover with blind-stamped rounded rectangle divided into four quadrants containing images of a cowboy hat, a cactus in landscape, a cowboy boot, and a horse's head, a star at center, flat spine with "Paul Wenz" stamped in blind, each letter (deliberately) stamped crookedly, unfinished edges to cover and paper. In a buckram-covered box with blind-stamped calf label, matching label on cover, and suede-lined pull-out tray with stitched calf spine. Eight engraved plates by Daniel Pata. Printed on watermarked Aboriginal paper, handmade by Euraba Paper Company. As new.
This is a superb copy of a handmade, limited edition by celebrated French-Australian writer, Paul Wenz, offered in a binding that speaks perfectly to the outback stories the volume contains. Wenz (1869-1939) was born in France to a wool merchant who had interests in Australia, where Wenz eventually settled and where most of his writings were set. The two short stories presented here come from Wenz's first collection of stories, "À l'Autre Bout du Monde," published in 1905. "Charley" is the story of a wizened rabbiter in the outback, hunting rabbits and then periodically spending his earnings at the bar. "Jim et Jack" is the story of two best "mates" working on a ranch in the outback. Both stories are simple, yet picturesque, and each has a macabre ending. The impressionistic engravings by Daniel Pata, an Australian artist and teacher, add to the appeal of the stories. This edition was chosen as part of an exhibition entitled "Double Bush Binding," held in 2005 by Bookbinding Exhibitions Australia. Binders from Europe, Japan, North America, Scandinavia, and Australasia were invited to bind copies of the present book using the materials and methods of their choosing. Our copy was bound by American Constance Wozny, who works in Eastwood, Kentucky. She is a member of the Guild of Book Workers and the Hand Bookbinders of California, and has studied with such well-known binders as Merl Kast and Tini Miura. (ST14433)
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PJP Catalog: SE19BF.035