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Sundrie Pieces.

HERBERT (George).

HERBERT (George).

Sundrie Pieces. A new selection of George Herbert's poetry, with samples of his prose. Edited, with an Introduction and Notes, by The Earl of Powis and illustrated with wood engravings by Sarah Van Niekerk.

Woodcut frontispiece portrait, five single page woodcuts and 18 vignettes; printed in purple and black.

Small folio. [314 x 185 x 28 mm]. xv, [iii], 99, [3] pp. Bound by Jeff Clements in 2007 (signed and dated inside rear cover) in grey goatskin over sculptured boards, consisting of three curved deeply grooved lines on each cover, with two black tooled lines crossing each cover and the spine and a wide grey line running vertically up each cover and two thinner curved lines in grey. Doublures of Fabriano "Guido Reni" brown handmade paper with straight and curved lines in black, brick-red suede free endleaves, Fabriano "Rafaello" yellow handmade paper flyleaves, top edge stained brown. Contained in a brown cloth drop-over box lined with felt, lettered on a paper label.
Gwasg Gregynog, 2003.

Designed and printed by David Vickers and limited to 215 copies, of which this is number 136.

In a letter dated 1st September 2007 the binder described his binding: "The use of mid-grey goatskin and black and grey lines, combined with the deep sculptured boards gives the binding a dignified and somewhat ecclesiastical character, further symbolised with the two crossing lines on each cover and doublures. The tonal quality is lightened by the coloured boardpapers, flyleaves and endleaves. The design grew out of the idea of man, placed low on the front cover reaching upwards, traversing the dividing line separating earth and heaven and hoping to attain the mysticism of the hereafter, symbolised high on the lower cover". He added: "This is the first binding for many years that relies purely on sculptural forms and tonal lines, no inlaid colour, at least not on the outside although the endleaves are very cheerful - whether this marks a new departure in my work remains to be seen".

Jeff Clements was born in Plymouth in 1934 and studied at the Plymouth College of Art and Design and at the L.C.C. Central School of Arts and Crafts. In 1957 he set up as a designer bookbinder and graphic designer and he was elected a member of the Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders in the same year. From 1961 he taught at Colleges of Art and Design in Plymouth, Newport and Bristol, where he was Dean of the Faculty from 1984 to 1988, and he has designed books for a number of publishers and presses, including the Folio Society. He was President of Designer Bookbinders from 1981 to 1983, and in 1988 he moved to Holland where his bindings continue to evolve.

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