HAEIN SONG, designer bookbinder. CAMUS, Albert. ~ The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays.
141 x 217 x 21 mms. Bound by Haein Song in 2013 in a Bradel binding with dark blue vellum sides and natural goatskin spine. Hand tooled in gold. Hand printed endpapers with leather joint to panel doublures. Housed in the original purple cloth clamshell box with gilt lettering on upper cover.
Camus' philosophical essay compares the absurdity of man's life with the Sisyphus, a figure of Greek mythology, who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. Song’ inspiration for the binding design came from a beautifully haunting reflection on life's absurdity and our futile search for meaning, unity and clarity.
Haein Song, originally from Seoul in South Korea, is a fellow of Designer Bookbinders and a remarkable book artist. Her bindings and artist’s books are in many public and private collections and her work is much sought after.