La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation
Size of binding
192 x 130 x 42mm (7.5 x 5 x 1.6 in)
Leather, suede, paper, gold leaf, silk thread
Description of binding
Full yellow goatskin leather binding with gold tooling and onlays, with folded paper pockets for insertion and removal of accordion booklet, and yapped edges. The central aspect of the design is the repeated motif of overlapping pieces, the bifurcation of which alludes both to the simultaneity of the book, both text and visual art to be taken in at once, as well as the general shape of the Eiffel Tower, where the poem concludes. This structured, restrained motif, and the colors chosen, were influenced by Cendrars’ own words on the work, that it was “a sad poem printed on sunlight,” and the design on the front board goes off the rails, evoking the instability inherent in the poem.
Samuel Feinstein trained at the North Bennet Street School under Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley and has been in private practice since graduating in 2012. Among other private and public collections, he has work in the University of Iowa Law Library and the Newberry Library.
Not for sale