A King Reclaims his Crown
Philip Pullman – À Outrance – Ruscombe Art Edition
Philip Pullman & Don Taylor
Some of the world’s finest designer bookbinders were commissioned to produce fifteen individual hand-bound copies. All offer exceptionally beautiful one-off examples of how each artist interpreted the book. Each has been meticulously printed letterpress by hand on traditional cast iron Heidelberg Press on paper handmade at the famous Ruscombe Mill in France. This copy was exhibited in Oxford University’s Bodleian Library.
Don likes to use his own paste papers in his design bindings. As these tend to be impressionistic, leaving the reader to use his or her imagination, Don felt that he needed something else to convey something of the violence of the combat between these two mighty bears immediately. Something that, he felt, would match the highly visual text. He achieved this using acrylics, and the result appears on the front and back boards. The binding is in Bradel style and is done in a suitably violent calf colour with red Nepalese paper employed in the endpapers.