Brush Up Your Shakespeare

  • By Cole Porter (Words and Music from the musical play ‘Kiss Me Kate’)
  • Illustrated by Seymour Chwast
  • Designed and Printed by the Tideline Press (Leonard Seastone)
  • Piccolo Press, New York, 2009
  • Book: 80mm x 80mm x 18mm
  • Box: 100mm x 100mm x 34mm
  • Bound in 2010
  • Collection of Neale M. Albert, New York, USA

Wooden boards backed with lacquered brass, joined together with hand-made brass rivets
Images of musical notes and staves routed into the wood using a CNC machine
Leather inlays in lime green, dark grey and light grey, one inlay concealing two magnets to act as a closing mechanism for the book
Miscellaneous linear images and words of parts of the ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’ song hand sewn into the wood using green, white and grey cotton thread
Cream and Brown ‘brads’ hammered into the wood and hand-pierced musical notes showing the brass behind
Leather-covered vellum strap containing a magnet at either end to keep the book closed
Hand-drawn and painted end papers in lime green with gold-tooled buttons on the jackets of the two men
Book edges painted in acrylic in three different shades of grey

Wooden box using the same techniques and materials as the book inside
Title of book printed onto lime green paper and sewn to the top of the box using gold thread
Leather hinge and outer edges of the box covered in pared dark grey leather
Lined in light grey felt with a wide green ribbon to enable the book to be lifted out

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Brush Up on Your Shakespeare
Brush Up on Your Shakespeare
Brush Up on Your Shakespeare
Brush Up on Your Shakespeare
Brush Up on Your Shakespeare
Brush Up on Your Shakespeare
Brush Up on Your Shakespeare
Brush Up on Your Shakespeare