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  • Philip Smith
  • Finnegans Wake
    by James Joyce
    First Edition 1939
    244 x 180 x 73mm
    Bound 1981‑82

    The book has acrylic painted edges and is covered in an orchestration of green goatskins. The figure stretching across the book (Dublin as the Giant Finn) is built up of balsawood and epoxy‑putty and parts of an Airfix skeleton, all covered with leather onlays (the hollow skull has 8 small ball‑bearings which rattle when the book is handled).

    The River Liffy is represented by a band of crocodile skin with a snap closure.
  • Gormenghast (in 3 volumes)
    by Mervyn Peake
    Volume 1: Titus Groan
    The Folio Society, 1992
    Illustrated by Peter Harding
    257 x 195 x 50mm
    Bound 2009-2010

    Bound in the lap-back binding style. On the front cover is an image of Steerpike and ‘twin sisters, Clarice and Cora’ below; ‘medicine’ bottles on a shelf and a view of the city beyond the walls of Gormenghast Castle. The figures and background are made with epoxy putty in relief and covered with leather onlays and maril.
  • Gormenghast (in 3 volumes)
    by Mervyn Peake
    Volume 2: Gormenghast
    The Folio Society, 1992
    Illustrated by Peter Harding
    257 x 195 x 50mm
    Bound 2009- (this is a work in progress)

    Bound in the lap-back binding style. On the front cover is an image of Gertrude, Countess of Groan, with her many white cats and a white crow, Nanny Slag and Dr Prunesquallor; there are overlaid stripes diminishing across both covers. On the back cover there is an image of the great hall with guests attending the ‘burning of bright carvings’ ceremony, overlooked by the hierarchy on the balcony.
 

Philip Smith is an internationally renowned designer bookbinder and book artist. He has been designing and creating intricate and fascinating bindings for well over 50 years and has been awarded gold and silver medals in several international competitions. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for services to Art.

Philip is also a great innovator, having invented and pioneered several ground-breaking and influential techniques and structural developments. His work is represented in many private collections and can be seen in several public collections overseas and in the UK including the V&A National Art Library and the British Library.

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