A Beautiful Work by Master Bookbinder Philip Smith
SMITH, Philip. Contemplations 11. Wiltshire, England: Philip Smith, The Book House , 1987.
Original manuscript in black ink Smith's hand on paper marbled with multicolored acrylic paint and ink. Sixteenmo (4 1/8 x 2 3/4 inches; 105 x 70 mm). 104 pp. With thirty-one pages of quotations and phrases in manuscript. Signed and dated at head and foot of rear pastedown.

Bound in vellum boards, similarly marbled, with blue leather yokes at head and tail of the spine. Otherwise, spine is open. Spine stitching, hand-colored. Housed in a blue felt drop-in slipcase, stitched with red. Overall a beautifully produced, about fine copy.

Of the numerous quotations, some are from T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland, Mother Teresa and Proust among others.

"Born in 1928, Philip began his career in bookbinding and book art in 1949, graduating from the Royal College of Art in London with First Class Honours in 1954. He was an internationally renowned designer bookbinder and book artist. He designed and created intricate and fascinating bindings for well over 50 years and was awarded gold and silver medals in several international competitions. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for services to Art. Philip was a great innovator, having invented and pioneered several ground-breaking and influential techniques and structural developments. His work is represented in many private collections and can be seen in several public collections overseas and in the UK including the V&A National Art Library and the British Library." (From the Estate of Philip Smith, Obituary on PhilipSmithBookArt website).

HBS # 68235 $2,500