Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley

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La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation

Size of binding

365 x 100 x 15 mm (14.37 x 4 x .6 in)


Goatskin leather, goatskin onlays, bookcloth, paper

From the Collection of Toby Schwartzburg

Description of binding

Box construction: laminated cushioned boards and wooden spine. Spine covered in dark green goatskin, front cover red, back cover blue. Multi-colored goatskin onlays, feathered and back-pared. Cover tooled with gold dots. Title on spine in the French style. Book housed in clamshell box, titled. Booklet enclosed in wrapper. Box and wrapper housed in separate slipcases. Slipcases housed in clamshell box, with title label.

My binding celebrates the colorful shapes in the pochoir. I love to use a lot of gold tooling to show off the binding: here I have used my trademark regular dot patterning. The binding is bound in the Paul Bonet format (book has no center fold), a tribute to the great French artist.

Artist bio

Dominic Riley has made about eighty design bindings to date. These are held in the British Library, the V&A, the St Bride Foundation, the National Library of Wales, the Rylands Library in Manchester, the Bodleian in Oxford, the Grolier Club in New York and the San Francisco Public Library. He has won over twenty prizes for his bindings, including first prize – the Paul Getty Award – in Designer Bookbinders’ International Competition in 2013. He is an accomplished restorer, and has taught and lectured in the UK, USA, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and the Czech Republic. He spends his summer teaching at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

Not for sale


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