Friday, November 20, 2009

This "Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland" belonged to the grandfather of the owner, who was planning to throw it out. I made bookcloth from Irish linen, salvaged the front decoration to use as an inset, removed and re-used the endpapers because they had the grandfather's signature, and rebound the book. I discovered cigar bands scattered throughout its pages; I could picture the old gentleman settling into his favorite chair, smoking a cigar and enjoying a brandy while he paged through the book. Now, the owner plans to leave the book to his own grandson.

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