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Kate Holland, Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

Nine Dragons, 2017

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Made for the 2017 Designer Bookbinders International Competition. Based on the ancient Chinese myth of the nine dragons who are manifestations of the Dao, the central truth of Taoist philosophy, the creative forces of Nature that appear for a moment then vanish in mystery. The images are based on a 13th century scroll by the Taoist Chinese painter Chen Rong. Print no.1 was awarded the Highly Commended Silver prize.Accordion book of 10 gilded and screen-printed boards with hand painted watercolour, gouache and acrylic overwashes and 23c gold, applied metal leaf to rear. Housed in a custom-made clamshell box with gilded and screen-printed labels in Chinese and English. The wraparound case is of gilded and inked boards with a pierced black goatskin overlay and black goatskin doublure.

Edition 5, 152 x 217 x 29mm.

£3,575 (plus P&P and insurance)

Doors of Perception, 1954
Aldous Huxley (first edition)

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This book ticks many boxes: it is unique and it combines the work of a famous author with the work of a fine binder. It has a real wow factor! Photographs have been printed in black on to alum tawed calf (know for its archival properties) and overlaid with sunken onlays of gold and orange neon leather

The endpapers are of photographs printed on to watercolour paper, with watercolour wash laminated with Japanese tissue. All edges are gilt with neon splatter. It has hand-sewn silk headbands and comes in a custom-made drop-back box.

185 x 120mm, 64 pages, unique binding 2015.

£2,200 (plus P&P and insurance)