Partially used notebook for notes, bound by Philip Smith. by…

Partially used notebook for notes, bound by Philip Smith. by SMITH, Philip. < >

~ Partially used notebook for notes, bound by Philip Smith.

[1954]

Tall slim folio [145 x 335 mms], bound by Philip Smith in full green goatskin with an Alpha and Omega fiture in bline on the upper cover and row of the same figures on the lower cover, all edges gilt. Spine slightly darkened, a little offset from turn ins. 152 leaves, mainly blank but with notes in Smith’s small and elegant hand in ink in three places - 4 pp. of notes on a lecture by J.G. Bennett ‘Who is Man’?, 10pp. of notes on another lecture by him dated 1954 entitled “Man’s Task & His Reward’ and 3pp. dated 3rd Jan. 1956 which are apparently his notes on a dream he had which includes a little girl sitting in an empty antique shop reading a book and included him being handed a book with a lock.

A very early binding by Philip Smith done while he was in his last year at the Royal College of Art. This would seem to show the direction he was to take in bookbinding and the beginning of the development of his philosophical thought.
Philip Smith (1928-2019) was a renowned and innovative British bookbinder and was well-known for inventing several techniques including the ‘lap-back’ structure which allows the book to open fully and so an image or configuration can be created across both boards. His first major invention was ‘maril’ which can also be seen here - it mixing scraps and fragments of leather parings and compressing them to create a block or thick tile from which parings can be taken to build up images or for onlays or inlays.

Stock ref: 10933
Keywords: Book, Fine Bookbinding
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