In Paradise: Images from near the Andaman Sea, with Short Quotations.
Allix, Susan.

[London:] Susan Allix, 2012. One of twelve copies. The six etchings, with letterpress set in Bembo, have been printed on a variety of hand and mould-made papers. A fine copy. Green cloth, decorated with multi-colored flower design., with yellow paper title strip between the cover and endleaf. In purple cloth slipcase. 6 7/8 x 6 3/8.” [42] pp. (Item ID: 16626)

$750.00

“What are the sights and sounds of paradise? This book suggests ideas of the physical surroundings (as opposed to states of mind) that evoke a pleasurable and undemanding experience. Each section of the book is a separate proposal that is expressed through the shapes, textures and colours of the pages and the prints. This means that pages are different sizes and prints reveal themselves from out of folds and angles of semi-transparent, printed or manipulated papers. The words are brief; short lines found in Coleridge, a hymn, Kipling or Shakespeare. The colours used in the pages related directly to the binding which is a combination of cloth over boards over hand-made bright green paper heavily embossed with exotic plant shapes. The cloth is Malaysian batik-printed cotton in green, purple, red and gold. The form of the book is from an idea based on a collection of folded offcuts of various papers. The irregular and overlapping leaves seemed to create an interesting life of their own, while the vibrant cotton print (originally intended as a sarong) suggested a colour scheme" (Susan Allix).

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