Vita Nuova

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Bound by Ann Tout

Vita Nuova
by Dante Alighieri
London: Folio Society. 2016.
Translated by Mark Musa
Introduced by A. N. Wilson
Illustrated by Daniel Egnéus

The binding won 'The J. Hewit & Sons Award for The Interesting Treatment of Leather' in The Designer Bookbinders Competition, 2016.

Full leather binding in red Chieftain Goatskin, silk headbands, solid gilt top edge with red and gold marbled endpapers. The leather has been airbrushed in several shades of red with gold and blind tooling. As a bookbinder, painter and printmaker the surface of the material becomes an important part of the design and here to create movement and texture a finishing tool has been repeatedly worked over the goatskin. The whole concept is of reds and golds.


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