Designer binding by Pierre-Lucien Martin (1954). Illustration by Francis Picabia.
we wish to linger and graze upon it …
the sheer enjoyment of its flavor.
David Greenhood, “The Book as an Aesthetic
Object,” in Fine Print 2:4 (October 1976), 59.
Indeed, the flavor of my collecting interest came to me like a secreted dessert—a treat that has whispered to me and fed me.
I was initially trained in the letterpress and private printing arena. I hold a deep appreciation for typography and a well-set page, but also for the writing and production of an entire book. Eventually my fascination with this led to bookbinding—and as a final path that seemed to hold both printing and binding aloft, to designer binding. My personal aesthetic first led me to the tomes that started my library; growing it has become an unexpected joy. Designer bindings are what I collect, giving Greenhood's nourishment in a sumptuous manner: as a cover to the finest that literature has to offer.