PETER JONES, designer bookbinder. OLD STILE PRESS. SHAKESPEARE, William. ~ Pyramus and Thisbe.
Woodcuts in one and two colours by Chris Nurse. One of 160 copies numbered and signed by the artist. Printed on Somerset paper in Bulmer type. Oblong 4to., 290 x 162 mms. Bound by Peter Jones in 2014 black, red, cream and grey morocco with an opaque acrylic ‘crack’ on the front cover and a wooden strip in the lower board. Housed in the original black cloth covered clamshell box.
Jones has taken this tale from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and reflected the story - particularly noticeable in his use of opaque acrylic to represent the crack in the wall in the story. The binding is structured beautifully and perfectly executed.
Peter Jones worked in London as a furniture restorer and leather liner before training in bookbinding at Brighton Polytechnic. He now works as a bookbinder and as a carpenter and his books have a remarkably engineered quality with a great understanding of how to use different material in his work. He has taught bookbinding extensively, including at the Universities of Brighton and Roehampton and is a Fellow and Past President of Designer Bookbinders. His work is exhibited internationally and held in numerous collections. Peter mainly works from his studio bindery in Wannock, East Sussex.