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Consists of twelve binding models with leather and various papers and sewing supports, wooden boards, and museum board. Accompanied by a 45 page illustrated booklet outlining key structural features of each binding, and providing numerous references for further study. This reference set of binding models is based on Karen Hanmer's popular workshop "Biblio tech: reverse engineering historical and modern binding structures". The models remain uncovered and only partially completed so methods of board attachment, sewing, spine lining, and endsheet construction are visible. Each model measures approximately 13 x 9 x 1 cm. Issued in an artist-made drop-spine box (30 x 20 x 9 cm) with title on paper label attached to spine of box. Illustrated guidebook is signed and numbered in ink by the artist.

Exterior covering of Biblio Tech The 12 binding models
Bluestem
Karen Hammer, Henry Maron
Art Library Rare Books Collection N7433.4.H352 B58 2006 box 6.2

Edition of 25 copies, the Art Library has copy 17. Artist's book consisting of: 2 heavy stock leaves covered in paper illustrated with drawings of wild grasses; attached between these leaves are 2 strips of accordion-folded paper with similar illustration; affixed to each fold is a set of 4 transparent plastic leaves (5 x 13 cm. each) with similar illustration. An appropriate quotation from Willa Cather's My Ántonia appears on final leaf, along with colophon.

A top view of Bluestem showing the spine Internal view of Bluestem
Star Poems
Karen Hanmer
Art Library Rare Books Collection N7433.4.H352 S73 2008 box 12.1

Limited ed. of 30, issued in matching case. Art Library has copy 20. "Star poems presents quotes that document response to the night sky across the ages by philosophers, artists, and poets from Plato and Byron to contemporary writers, scientists and astronauts. This text is paired with 17th century mythological images of constellation forms and images of early star gazers on a background of a NASA photograph of the Milky Way. The book can be held in the hand and read page by page like a traditional book, can be removed from its jacket and unfolded flat to reference historical astronomical charts or contemporary NASA composite photos, or can be folded into an infinite variety of sculptural shapes."—Artist's Website.

Star Poems folded Star Poems partially unfolded

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