Monday, 18 May 2009

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde.

A Fantastic read, with this particular volume having dark images. A lot to get one's teeth into. The original case was removed and kept as the owner wants all the stuff keeping. As this is a commission I would do this any way.
As you can see from the image the book was originally rounded and backed. Over the years the rounding has given way leaving a rather flat spine. Other considerations.... There is not a square edge, line or angle to be found. The edges are rather uneven with the deckle and brisk cutting. All in all this book is going to be interesting to work on.
With some commissions I find myself working to a budget.... let work commence.

After the spine was cleaned, I judged that the sewing was sound and was able to move on to the end papers. I managed to find an old print of a lab with all the flasks, bunson burners, pipes, and strange shapes that one thinks of. With further manipulation with pencil, crayon and tipex I was able to make soft plate off-set prints. The colours are sharp, moving from acid yellow through to rich re, perhaps the lab through the eyes of both Jekyll and Hide.

The head was already coloured red, the end band is sewn in a green silk with a red leather skirting which has been brought round to cover the ends of the end band core.

Detail of the tail and the disappearing spine, Bradel binding. The structure will allow me to use a double board and offer a degree of flexibility to the finished design.

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