METAMORPHOSES.

(London: The Folio Society, 1995). 250 x 170 mm. (9 3/4 x 6 1/2"). xxix, [3], 350 pp.Translated and introduced by Mary Innes.

INNOVATIVE GRAY CRUSHED MOROCCO BY JEANETTE KOCH (with her leather ticket, dated 2001, on rear doublure), abstract onlays of gray-dyed chicken-feet skin at edges of boards, two-inch wide gray eel-skin strap lined with pink goatskin wrapped around spine and attached to boards with four silver cup-shaped fastenings made by Romilly Saumarez Smith, MARBLED GRAY SUEDE DOUBLURES, leather hinges, blue-gray Japanese Mingei paper free endleaves, all edges a weathered gilt and pink. In binder's custom black cloth clamshell box with gray morocco and chicken-feet skin label on spine, blind-stamped with title. In the original cardboard wrap-around box with paper label. With black & white illustrated title page and illustrations in the text, eight pleasing pastel color plates by Richard Shirley Smith. As new.

This modern prose translation of Ovid's classic comes in a binding by award-winning Designer Bookbinder Jeanette Koch that is muted but at the same time suggestive of radical transformation. Koch says, "I wanted a restrained binding as far as colour was concerned because of the rather delicate pale-coloured illustrations. However, the mixture of skins indicates the nature of metamorphosis from human to animal." Koch (b. 1947) began studying bookbinding in 1992 after a career in arts administration. She attended classes at The City Literary Institute taught by Sally Lou Smith, Jenni Grey, and Flora Ginn for three years, then began two years of private study with Romilly Saumarez Smith in 1995. She was a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders and is now an Honorary Fellow, after years of service which included organizing exhibitions and editing the catalogues, as well as serving on the executive committee and the Editorial Board of DB's "New Bookbinder" journal. In 2021, she received the Bernard C. Middleton Finishing Prize at the DB UK Bookbinding Competition. Mary Innes' entertaining translation of Ovid's tales of transformation are complemented by Smith's delicately colored illustrations. Wood-engraver and painter Richard Shirley Smith (b. 1935) studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, and has produced illustrations for the Folio Society, the Limited Editions Club, and Libanus Press.
(ST17263-27)