Tuesday 18 October 2022

Romeo and Juliet.


My biblionautic chums and friends.
A binding that I had finished forwarding, sorting out the pagination and stuff a little while ago.

I halted, sat on it for a while. I wanted to think about the design. The one thing I did know was that I did not want it to look like some cheesy, 1920's/30's hollywood B movie poster. This book did not need the bling of gold and everything else thrown at it.

Romeo and Juliet, perhaps the best know and performed of Shakespeare’s work. This particular edition has had a life. Many annotations, underscoring, stage directions and notes litter the pages. One can imagine the actors learning their lines, adding to previous notes, marking their lines and so forth. These squiggles have informed the design of the tooling to the front board, squiggles and lines creating a stylised balcony.
A simple treatment.

Full Palimpsest Parchment binding. Leather jointed end papers to edge to edge paper doublers. Single needle sewn end bands.

Please note.... there are other studios/binderies doing stuff, spelling and grammar. Please further note, the opinion of the author may change at any moment. This is due to having an open mind of sorts.