Joan Byers - Canada
"Unbound" reflects the vast, open white space being freed from evil. Full printed alum goat skin in ivory white with raised images of the two fighting bears, Iorek Byrnison on the front cover and Iofur Raknison on the back. White leather headbands and black leather inner hinges. The black endpapers have the embossed image of a bear on the lower corners and are slightly cockled reflecting the eerie cold north. The edges are uncut to match the handmade paper and add to the ruggedness of the story. Joan chose black and white to reflect the fight between "good and evil". The box is covered in soft black leather and lined with black felt.
It has been virtually impossible to capture the essence of this beautiful binding by photograph. The vast, open white space is reflected by way of a raised image of a polar bear to the front and one to the back of the binding - these images in white have been built up on top of the white leather and the light makes it difficult to convey to the viewer on screen what the book actually looks like when held.
Trim size: 250 x 340mm portrait
Engravers: Andy English, Chris Daunt & Harry Brockway
Designer (text): Jo Hilton
Typesetting: Jo Hilton
Typeface(s): Adobe Caslon
Origination, Repro: Artwork prepared by Hurtwood and 16g zinc plates made by Alpha Engraving
Print process: Letterpress
Printer: Hand & Eye Letterpress
Bound, finished by: Joan Byers
Text paper: Ruscombe Hand Made approx 130g
Paper supplier: Ruscombe Paper Mill
Encased in a Solander Box