La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation
Size of binding
370 x 195 x 18 mm (14.76 x 7.68 x .7 in)
Goatskin leather, calfskin, sheepskin, acid free paper, gold leaf, palladium, bookcloth, Japanese Kozo paper, millboard
From the Collection of Simon Eccles
Description of binding
The lines from the poem: “The everlasting noise of wheels rolling wildly along ruts in the sky” and “The railway lines form a new geometry” were lodged in my mind when conceiving the design. The colours were chosen to compliment the vibrant pochoir printing and to create a sense of rhythm and colour. The tooled, palladium dots accentuate the sense of motion and echo the spherical work of Sonia Delaunay. The colourful and conflicting views from the train Cendars writes about are echoed in the opposing parallelograms. The simplicity and movement of the design is also intended to reflect the emerging abstract geometric art movements of the time.
Derek Hood studied printing and bookbinding at Napier University in Edinburgh before working as a fine binder at St.Andrews University Library. A break from books saw him pursue a career in music, touring & recording with All About Eve and The Auteurs. He later worked at Shepherds in London and then Bayntun Riviere in Bath. In 2009 he set up his own studio, where he works on commissions for collectors and institutions. His books have been exhibited in the V&A Museum, The British Library and the Grolier Club in New York. They are held in public and private collections throughout the world.
Not for sale