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A Catalog of the Thirty-Three Miniature Designer Bindings of You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover.
Pico Rivera Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 1998 - Oblong quarto. (76)pp. Copy number one of six signed by the binders and everyone involved in the publication of the book. This was Mel Kavin's personal copy, which he had specially bound by Michael Wilcox, and it was the only copy of the six to have received a designer binding. Photocopies of the correspondence between Kavin and Wilcox are included with the book. In a letter dated November 28, 2001, Wilcox explains his design concept: "My design (intended to be decorative) is about reading texts.and binding texts into books (precisely thirty-three of them, in this case)." What Wilcox does here is to transform the concept of turning ideas from the text, and the binder's reaction to that text, into physical objects. At the lower inside corners of both covers sits the text, which is symbolized by a small rectangular light brown gilt-framed onlay with lines. Radiating out from these two onlays are gilt rules that terminate in thirty-three book forms within gilt circles surrounded by small geometric shapes. In between the text and the finished books are small nebulae of these geometric shapes tooled in gilt, various colored onlays symmetrically arranged in a semi-circular pattern. Further along, the lines cross a wider field of various shapes formed of gray onlays. All these pieces represent the choices binders make when deciding on a design: tooling, color, and shape. Wilcox continues the visual theme on the turn-ins, creating a running border of text and book shapes. As with all of Wilcox's designs, this binding reflects the thought, care, and craftsmanship for which he is widely regarded. Extremely fine, housed in a stout cloth clamshell box. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers, Inc., ABAA]
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