A glimpse at some of my work for two presses. New work gets blogged about as it happens.

Hadean Press

A selection of books bound under the aegis of Hadean Press, an esoteric press exploring the union of myth and magic.

Obeah: A Sorcerous Ossuary by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold

Obeah: A Sorcerous Ossuary by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is bound in black sheepskin with raised bands on the spine, black and gold marbled endpapers, and black endbands. On the front is a copper seal of Anansi. The text was printed on 120gsm cream paper. 112 pages, full colour inside.

The book measures 148mm by 95mm and has a black silk ribbon bookmark, to which is tied a red silk bag containing the following Obeah charm: a piece of snakeskin, a hawk feather, Manacá (from a douen tree), silk cotton thorn and silk cotton itself, and galbanum. This edition was limited to 21 numbered copies, of which 19 were offered for sale.

Learning by Austin Osman Spare

Learning by Austin Osman Spare

Learning by Austin Osman Spare is a handbound miniature, limited and numbered edition of 33 copies. The book measures approximately 94mm wide by 44mm high. The challenge with this edition was to turn one A4 sheet of text into a substantial little book. We went through nine prototypes in total before deciding on the final version shown here.

The book is bound following the technique of the 4th century Nag Hammadi Codices, with a single signature and reversed leather (faux leather in this case) hinges for the spine. Some modifications were made to the technique in order to strengthen the book, such as the addition of material to bulk out the head and tail of the spine.

The text itself was transcribed from the original by the owner of the fragment, but when it comes to Spare’s work, text is not enough. We used the original sheet as the background on the pages of this book, and a sigil Spare had drawn in the margins on the endleaves.

Papaveria Press

A selection of books bound under the aegis of Papaveria Press, a micro-press focusing on fairy tales and fantasy.

The Room by Veronica Schanoes

The Room by Veronica Schanoes is a poetic testament to friendship by a friend who was left behind. The title has been printed on sheer, gold paper and gold thread has been used to sew the signatures together. The text is printed on linen paper.

Ghosts of Gunkanjima by Catherynne M. Valente

Ghosts of Gunkanjima is a tale of wind and metal by Catherynne M. Valente. This handbound book is perfect bound with a Japanese paper cover and black satin spine. The book is overlaid with stained metal, below which rests the skeleton of a leaf.

Vertebrate Dreams © Erzebet Barthold 2005

Vertebrate Dreams is a very limited and miniature edition of 9 hand bound copies contained partial reproductions of a selection of my bone panels with accompanying text. The spine is made of bone and sandalwood beads. Marbled paper and cloth was used for the cover.