Chemins de Traverse. Textes de Luc Bureau. Conception et illustrations Ghislaine Bureau. Coleen . Bureau Curry, Luc, Binder.

Chemins de Traverse. Textes de Luc Bureau. Conception et illustrations Ghislaine Bureau.

Quebec: Editions Les Giboulees, 2017. Unique binding on artist's book printed in an edition of 45 hand-numbered copies, signed by the artist, Ghislaine Bureau, and the poet, Luc Bureau, on Muguet du Moulin de Larroque paper. Page size: 6-1/2 x 9-3/4 inches; 48pp. Bound by Coleen Curry: full grey suede given a micaceous wash (giving suede its iridescence), split in half and then top pared by the binder, backed in sanded, straight-grain black goat skin which has been shaped into an articulated binding, pierced to allow red Japanese paper (which is an additional backing) to show through; black articulated leather turn-ins again allowing red paper to show through, black suede gardes, with 10 gold staples on spine; red wood dowels as yaps; red linen headbands, all edges silver-gilt palladium; Dutch (Zaan mill) - De Schoolmeester - handmade papers as endsheets, original wrappers bound in; housed in custom-made portfolio of stiff grey paper with red leather and suede spine at top and bottom, grey suede pull and edging. The text is shaped poetry (in French) by Luc Bureau. The design, featuring different typefaces and sizes, with intentional differences in leading, is a delight. This is shaped poetry taken to a new level - intriguing and provocative. Poems are about Canada, country and people. The five illustrations are printed letterpress in black and white with red and/or silver gilt embellishments. The title, CHEMINS DE TRAVERSE, may be translated as "Short Cuts" but it is clear that nobody associated with the creation of this book took one! The grey and white subtlety of this book requires close reading and is worth the effort. Item #11395

Price: $3,400.00

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