The Fables of Æsop
- Illustrated by Edward J Detmold
- Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1909
- Book: 230mm x 165mm x 30mm
- Box: 330mm x 167mm x 50mm
- Bound in 2016
- Collection of Margaret and Neale Albert, USA
- ONE OF 25 "DISTINGUISHED WINNERS" IN THE 3RD INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER BOOKBINDERS BOOKBINDING COMPETITION
Full leather binding bound in grey goatskin.
Across the cover are a variety of coloured leather onlays.
Detail is added to these onlays with different embroidery stitches using coloured and metallic threads.
The book is titled in carbon and Moon gold onto leather and paper discs.
The endpapers and edges have been decorated in a net pattern.
Gold leaf laminated to Japanese paper is used for detail on the back cover and the doublures.
The box is made of oak with a panel that slides out upon which three 3D birds sit atop "perches".
The 3D birds can also be displayed sitting on top of the book boards.
Inspiration for the design
This binding was for the 3rd International Designer Bookbinding Competition on the theme of "Myths, Heroes and Legends". I chose to bind Aesops fables as they each contain a narrative that seeks to illustrate a hidden message, they are often tales of morality. I chose six fables to illustrate on different parts of the binding, as follows:
The Oak and The Reeds - Box
The Eagle and The Arrow - Front cover
The Hen and The Golden Eggs - The 3D hen and the front doublure
The Fisherman and The Little Fish - Book edges and endpapers
The Swallow and the Crow - The 3D Swallow and Crow, and the back doublure
The Ant and The Dove - The back cover