The Poetry of Chance Encounters. Harriet Bart.

(Minneapolis, MN: Mnemonic Press, 2003.)

Copy number 17 of 35.

16.2 x 23.2 x 1.6cm

Bound in the French technique in butter-colored goat. Cover design utilizes the incision technique, with thin lines of leather pulled and painted black to depict the shapes. Other design elements include hand-sewn silk endbands, leather hinges and matching butter-colored suede pastedowns and flyleaves. Untitled. Bound in 2015. Custom clamshell box.


Harriet Bart’s combination on each page of a discovered “ancient object” — some described as vessels — carefully composed over found “early signs of writing” completely captured my imagination. The objects themselves provided inspiration for the chosen shapes; their gold color suggested an avenue for the tooled band across the waist of the book cover. The combination became a homage to Bart’s seek-and-find in the interior.