Blaise Cendrar’s Panama is a collection of experimental poems concerning exploration and imagination, elation and despair. Because the volume dates from the Art Deco period, the design has luxurious materials, strong colors, and geometric forms colliding in space, expressing the cryptic nature of the text. Handling multi-leveled boards creates a sensation that parallels the layered quality of the poems. The design forms a bright, colorful world where the viewer may sit in an armchair and, handling a binding that is almost topographical, dream of distant landscapes and cities.




Design binding on:
Blaise Cendrars,
Panama, or the Adventures of My Seven Uncles, Harper and Brothers: New York, 1931. Illustrated by John Dos Passos.

The volume was disbound and the leaves were dry cleaned and washed in alcohol and de-ionized water. The sections were sewn with new endsheets of Egyptian Tow Flax paper with leather hinges. The boards have multiple levels. It was bound in red and white scarf-joined goatskin with inset lines of black and orange goatskin. The raised central panels were covered in green goatskin and decorated with gold leaf, metallic foil, and Paua abalone shell veneer. The volume was titled in metallic foil, and tooled and signed in gold.

9 5/8” x 7 5/8” x 1 3/8.”
24.5 x 19.4 x 3.5 cm.

Bound in 2017.

This binding is for sale for $2000.








Limited Editions

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