Selected Poems

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Bound by Haein Song

Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
Introduced by Lavinia Greenlaw
Illustrated by Jane Lydbury
Published by the Folio Society
Bound in 2017

For this binding in the 2017 Designer Bookbinders Competition,
Haein was awarded the Folio Society 1st prize for the 'set' book and the 'Mansfield Medal' for the best book in the competition.

Full leather binding in Hewit's white alum tawed goatskin with tooling in various shades of grey. White leather joints and doublures. Pencil drawn endpapers with a layer of Japanese paper. Design and colour are to represent stillness and seclusion of Dickinson's life and to emphasise her idiosyncrasy by directly using the dashes from the poems. Dickinson's unconventional use of dashes has been a great source of debate for interpretation to understand her poetry and it was heavily edited to conform to the norms of the time in her earlier editions. The manuscripts for all the poems in the book were studied and all the words are erased except dashes. Then all the pages are overlaid on top to create the design.

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