Reed Contemporary Books | artists' and fine press limited edition books and bindings
Myth, London 2011
127 pages, 340 x 270mm. Edition of 28. Hand set and printed letterpress in 18 pt. Bell, Roman and Italic with titling in Caslon and handcut metal letters. The paper is mould made Somerset Book with Somerset Velvet for the heavier multi plate etchings.
The binding is full leather. The front board and spine are covered in black goatskin, inlaid with a panel of white calfskin and the back board is red. The front cover is onlaid with a soft-ground etching of a woman printed onto white hard grain goat, with black leather dye additions in pen. It is completed with red and white onlays and lettered in random red lettering sprinkled over the spine. The endleaves are hemp paper with red ink and drawn black lines; the flyleaves are white textured with fibres and the double endbands bright red. Contained in a red box lined with black.
The book won a Judges’ Choice Award at the 2011 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair.
£3,950 (plus P&P and insurance)
In Paradise, London 2012
175 x 165mm, edition of 12. Six etchings with letterpress set in Bembo, printed on a variety of hand and mould-made papers.
Images from the Andaman Sea with short QUOTATIONS. Cover in Malaysian batik printed cotton and contained in purple cloth covered box. The special edition with a silver palm tree.
Five Delightful and Irresistible Things, 2011
40 pages including one folded, 100 x 95mm, edition of 23.
Linocuts and etchings in colour and black and white printed on Arches paper, bound with a yellow leather spine and batik printed paper, contained within a hand-made sealed paper cage and finally enclosed within a dark pink box with yellow leather fastening. Special copy bound in full leather inlays of yellow, green and pink goatskin with a green silk headband and green striped endpapers. The binding is contained inside a sterling silver cage of abstract lines and rococco curves, closed with silver chain. Contained in a drop-back box. Signed by Susan Allix and numbered.
This‘caged’ book takes its form from precious mediaeval books sometimes taken into battle as talismen and carried aloft on a standard, the book locked into a cage to keep it safe. The owner has to decide whether to break open the seal and view the book’s contents.
Standard Edition £320 (plus P&P and insurance)
Special Edition £790 (plus P&P and insurance)
Palm Tree Sketchbook, 2006
14 pages, 170 x 130mm extending, edition of 25.
A concertina of 14 palm tree prints in etching, relief and reproduced drawings printed on Somerset paper, bound with a folded front board using green suede and Abaca paper. Signed by Susan Allix and numbered.
Images from sketch book drawings of palm trees from distant locations, the text giving a descriptive title to each tree.
£210 (plus P&P and insurance)
Susan Allix, London, England