James Reid-Cunningham

James Reid-Cunningham

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation

Size of binding

102 mm x 368 mm x 25 mm (4 x 14.5 x 1 in.)


Leather, gold, metallic foil, and shell veneer

Description of binding

The original poetry and artwork of La Prose du Transsibérien are disjointed, fragmented and enthralling. The conflicts and mysteries of life appear in the jagged and jarring words and colors careening across the accordion folds.

The binding captures the crisp imagery and shunting movement of the text as the train stops and starts across Russia.

Two seminal quotes from Cendrar’s poetry animate the front and back boards.

Artist bio

James Reid-Cunningham is a bookbinder and conservator in private practice. He studied bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, then worked as a book conservator at Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum for over thirty years. He was the adjunct lecturer in book conservation in the graduate art conservation department at Buffalo State College (SUNY) from 2009 to 2013 and served as the President of the Guild of Book Workers from 2006 to 2010. He received the DeGoyler Prize in American Bookbinding in 2018. His artistic bookbindings have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Not for sale


Back to Gallery