- Lines: Composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey
- ...on revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a tour: July 13th 1798
- By William Wordsworth
- The Old Stile Press, Tintern, 2002
- #103 of 150 copies
- Bound in 2018
- Book: 250mm x 345mm x 20mm
- Box: 293mm x 380mm x 52mm
- Collection of Neale Albert, New York, USA
Full leather stub-binding in dark green goatskin with miscellaneous leather and suede onlays in grey, turquoise, blue and gold.
The leather is embroidered in multiple lines and patterns over the onlays with coloured silks using a variety of embroidery stitches.
Fine gold wire is attached in a line on the upper section of the book.
The whole book is tooled both blind and with carbon.
The endpapers and doublures are made using a combination of machine-made and Japanese paper with thin strips of gold leaf (backed onto lens tissue) glued down in strips.
Oak box with carbon-tooled book title on the lid.
Description of Design
Although there is no mention of Tintern Abbey by name in the poem, the title of the book "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798." is very specific. The whole point of the poem is the location and the time, it tells the reader exactly where the speaker is and exactly when it was when it was penned. The influence of this bit of nature "a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" had upon Wordsworth's development influenced the cover design I chose for the binding.
I searched for plans of Tintern Abbey online and found some wonderful architectural drawings that were published on March 22nd 1884 in, The Builder. The Builder was a journal of architecture published in the UK in the 19th and 20th centuries. It began publication in 1843 and absorbed another journal titled "Architecture".
The cover design of the book depicts the “Detail of West Entrance”, but I chose to split it and tie the front an back covers together by drawing Lines (therefore directly relevant to the title of the book) using carbon tooling. I was able to incorporate the title of the book in between these lines on the bottom half of the spine.
The endpapers depict the “Jamb and Arch Moldings” from the West Entrance, the pattern of which was directly influenced by another drawing in the series from The Builder.