Il Decameron di Giovanni Boccaccio.
ASHENDENE PRESS. ; BOCCACCIO (1920.)
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One of 105 copies. Folio, in a very handsome, suitably restrained binding by Donald Glaister, signed and dated 1987, of full black morocco, two borders in blind, silver lettering on spine with spectacular doublures in his trademark sanded aluminium sheeting, producing metallic iridescent patterns, suede free endpapers. Chelsea, The Ashendene Press.
Donald Glaister bound this to commission with the remit that the binding should fit the aesthetic restraint of the book - beauty from simplicity. This he achieved: the binding complements the austerity of the book to a very high degree, and in fact could be said to complete it. Like scarlet underwear to be seen only by invitation, the barely adorned covers give no hint of the irridescent doublures inside.He says of himself - "Donald Glaister is a book artist now living and working on Vashon Island, Washington. He began his bookbinding career after taking degrees in painting and sculpture from San Jose State College in California, and studying binding privately with Barbara Hiller in San Francisco, and Pierre Aufschneider and Roger Arnoult in Paris. His over twenty-five year professional career in design bookbinding has centered on the exploration, development and use of unexpected binding materials, visual humor, and spontaneous expression, while working within the classical framework of the European binding form."
Stock Code: 121137