The Bicycle Diaries #1

  • The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker’s Journey Through 9-11 #1
  • By Richard Goodman
  • With wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec
  • Midnight Paper Sales, Wisconsin, 2011
  • 15/20 in sheets
  • Book: 233mm x 136mm x 20mm
  • Box: 264mm x 163mm x 43mm
  • Bound in 2014 for the DB Private Press Touring Exhibition
  • Collection of Anthony Davis, UK

Full leather binding in maroon goatskin with miscellaneous leather onlays in grey, turquoise, brown, green, white, cream, blue and pink.
The leather is embroidered over the onlays with coloured silks using a variety of embroidery stitches.
Sections of the cover leather are washed with acrylic paint before embroidering.
The wheel spokes are made using fine gold wire, and there are two gold plated brass elements inserted through the front board.
The endpapers and doublures are printed with bicycle tyre tracks using the soft-plate off-set printing method, and are then embroidered with cotton threads.
The front endpaper has a bicycle track pierced out with gold leaf visible through the holes.
The back doublures are foil tooled with hand-made finishing tools.
The top and bottom edge of the text block has a tyre track drawn onto it with ink.
The text block is sewn on five cotton tapes that are laced into the boards.
Mahogany box, mitred and held together with tulip wood keys at each of the box corners.
The box sides are routed with channels holding decorated panels in place.
Front and back panels are constructed from frosted acrylic with soft-plate off-set printed designs behind, which are decorated with stitching and gold foiled tooling.
The bottom internal box pad is made of felt.
Description of Design
The binding illustrates the scene of a bike parked on a New York Street whilst the author gets closer to the aftermath of 9-11.