The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Bound by Glenn Malkin

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, bound 2021
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Illustrated by Mervyn Peake
Published by Libanus Press (2003)
Limited edition: #24 of 50 'Special' copies including an additional set of prints.
330mm x 230mm x 20mm

Winner of the First Prize for Fine Binding in the Society of Bookbinders International Competition 2022.

The book is bound in an adapted K118 style in full pale grey Pentland leather, tooled in carbon and ink and hand dyed with acrylic inks. The bird detail is a back-pared black leather onlay. There are hand-sewn double silk endbands. The endpapers are suede and the edge-to-edge doublures are red dendritic printed paper by the binder with red leather joints. The book is housed in a bespoke suede-lined wooden box with decorative leather title panel and suede base. The box also contains the additional set of prints which accompanies this edition.

The design of the covers represents the turbulent and stormy seas with the albatross gliding above the waves, whilst the doublures represent the hot and becalmed fate that awaits the ship.

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