Shakespeare's King Lear printed at Roycroft shop 1904. Full leather design binding by Robert Wu. Bound in full green leather with simple blind tooling and titling in 22k gold leaves. Inset " Faux Ivoire " panel created by me and framed with leather strips. Interior marbled paper by Robert Wu. Housed in a linen covered folding box. Book dimension. 8 1/2" × 10 1/2"
Youtube video presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdJYBs5Gzw0
Mason's The Four Feathers. First Edition 1903
I am very happy with the way the design came out for this binding. One of the requirements from the commissioner was to incorporate white feathers and British flag in the design. The book is bound in full French technique with gorgeous navy blue leather. The design utilizes traditional gilding in 22k gold, palladium, and various coloured leather onlays and eggshell panels I made. Inside covers are lined with beautiful Abalone panels framed by leather strips and flyleaves lined with cork gold paper. Like all of my bindings, I incorporate with my own marbled paper in turquoise. The top edge of the book is coloured in navy blue with my own special "glittered edge" effect. The standing board edges and headcaps are gilded in gold leaves as well for that extra tour-de-force details. The titling is done with this beautiful Art Nouveau Typeface with palladium and 22k gold. The whole book is housed in linen covered folding box lined with red suede. Here is a youtube video presentation of the binding.
The binding is in full French technique. It's covered with gorgeous red morocco goatskin. The original covers in red cloth and gilt images were falling apart. So first I removed the cloth from the boards and preserved and lined and bound them in with the bookblock. The edges have original old gilding on them so I left them the way they are. Handsewn headbands in red, blue, yellow silk threads. Various coloured leather onlays were used to decorate the covers. I managed to create and invent this "Faux Ivoire" panels to great success. It also sparkles with fairy dust to add a touch of magic! I also incorporated with eggshell panels on the cover and mother of pearl on the inside of the books. Flyleaves are covered with my own delicately refined red bouquet marbled paper for a touch of elegance. The gilding and toolings are done with 22k gold leaves and soot. The book is housed in a linen covered folding box lined with suede.
I think the end result looks very elegant and timeless. Here is a video of the binding.
George Babier's masterfully illustrated book "Fetes Galantes" was published in 1928 in Paris. It contains over twenty exquisite pochoir plates. The book is in large quarto format measuring 9" x 12" without the binding. I started this binding 3 years ago and have been working on it intermittently. It's my favorite and most lavish binding to date. This book is copy #974. The open covers measure 20" x 12".
The binding is bound in exquisite rare French cyclamen goatskin. The grey doublures are covered in French chagrin leather. The headbands are done in purple, fushia pink and lavender silk threads. The top edge is gilt in 22k double gold with gaufferings in purple and pink. The cover leather onlays utilize different techniques to create various textures, and gilding is done primarily in 22k gold and palladium for the plumage feather. Standing squares of the boards are also gilt in 22k gold leaves. Inside doublure covers, two round eggshell panels are inlaid into the boards. I made the eggshell panels with special green eggshells and also added flakes of gold leaves (sunago). Flyleaves are lined with corkskins and my own hand marbled paper. Chemise and slipcases are also covered with my own marbled paper, lined with lavender suede, velvet and purple chagrin leather. Titlings on both the box and binding are all done in palladium leaves. Additional folding box is lined with vintage Japanese turquoise silk yuzen fabric and exterior covered in German linen. I hope I don't miss many other tiny details...
It's been a long journey since I started working on this binding of my own. I have huge admiration for George Barbier's illustrated books/drawings. So much thoughts, cost and labour and skills have gone into making this sumptuous binding. When I first saw the pochoirs in the book, a vision came to me. An image of the women with a fan in front of her face peeking through. It's a gift from above that I must fulfill and realize without changing a thing. Pictures are worth a thousand word. I hope to make a video for my own record soon.
An unique creation by Robert Wu. I discovered a new method to marble this unique floral effect through countless experiments. Theses floral papers are available for sale. Email me for wholesale / quantity pricing.
Natalie Goldberg's " Into This World ". Woodblock illustrations by Clare Dunne. Printed by Sialia Rieke, copy # 37 / 50, 2011.
This beautiful spiritual book is bound in full yellow chagrin leather in French technique. Decorated with various coloured/textured leather onlays. Tooling in foil and 18k gold. Handsewn silk headbands in brown, yellow and green. Inside marbled endpaper by the binder as well. Cork gold flyleaves. Housed in a pull apart solander case in Danish millimeter style, covered with German linen and edged with grey leather. The book measures 8" x 5 1/2" close.