Locks of the Oxford Canal

  • The Locks of the Oxford Canal: A Journey from Oxford to Coventry
  • With Fifty Wood Engravings by John Craig
  • The Whittington Press, 1984
  • Book: 272mm x 195mm x 21mm
  • Box: 296mm x 222mm x 57mm
  • Bound in 2011
  • Southall Collection, UK
  • WINNER OF THE MANSFIELD MEDAL FOR BEST BOOK IN COMPETITION IN THE 2011 DESIGNER BOOKBINDERS ANNUAL COMPETITION

Full leather binding in turquoise goatskin with miscellaneous leather onlays and inlays including; pink eel skin, turquoise shagreen and yellow, grey and cream
goatskin.
The leather is embroidered over the onlays with coloured silk and metallic threads using a variety of embroidery stitches.
Two gold-plated, hand-shaped brass pieces inserted through the front book cover and recessed into the boards. Carbon tooling and flecks of gold tooling scattered over the whole book.
Soft-plate off-set printed endpapers from two images taken from the book. Both are hand-embroidered and tooled with gold foils.


Oak box, mitred at the corners with routed channels holding decorated panels in place. Oak stained black with suede dye.
Front and back panels are constructed from frosted acrylic with cut out sections, brass wire, gold foil tooling and sewn detail. Printed paper is set below the acrylic.

Description of Design  

The text block consists of fifty wood engravings of the locks along the Oxford to Coventry Canal.
The box is stained black to look like the black of lock gate handles. On the front and back of the box is a map of the canal, the front showing the position of the gates with brass wire, and the back with gold dots within a hand-pierced channel.
Inside the lid of the box is a proof image of one of the images within the book. The box is designed so that this image is removable.

     

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