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[Album Chain Book]

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[2011]
Essig, Daniel, 1967-

http://danielessig.com/

A single-instance (one of a kind) artist's book with no text, actually in the form of two attached books of very different size with matching exposed Coptic bindings, entirely blank pages and decorated covers. Materials used include: Italian handmade paper, mahogany, milk paint, linen thread, brass, leather, mica, found metal, and found photographs.

The smaller book is attached to the front cover of the larger by a chain (13 cm.). It slips into a notched recess in the front cover of the larger. It is bound in wooden boards; a small window, covered with mica, in the front board contains tiny shells. The endpapers of this book are recycled book pages with French text.

The larger book comprises 16 octavo signatures of handmade paper, with endpapers of walnut-stained handmade flax paper, bound in heavy green wooden boards with textured surface. Within the back surface of the recess on the front cover (in which the smaller book fits) is a photograph of a woman holding a book, framed within a layer of soft cloth. A rectangular frame of metal surrounds the top and sides of the recess, and a "shelf" protrudes below the recess for the smaller book to rest on. On the inside of the back cover is a mica-covered recess containing a flat rock decorated with a simple botanical drawing; a border of recycled French text surrounds the rock. In a corresponding position on the outside back cover is an old photograph (ca. late 19th century?) of four women with open books in hand, presented within a found metal frame attached to the cover. The book has a leather strap closure.

"Until fairly recently all books were prized possessions--medieval libraries chained books to the shelves to prevent theft. In those days each volume was crafted with precision, elaborately decorated and embellished with precious stones and metals. I aim to make my books just as precious as those medieval manuscripts"--Artist's statement from Vamp & Tramp Booksellers website, viewed June 19, 2013.

Title

[Album Chain Book]

Publisher

Essig, Daniel, 1967-

Date

[2011]

Description

http://danielessig.com/

A single-instance (one of a kind) artist's book with no text, actually in the form of two attached books of very different size with matching exposed Coptic bindings, entirely blank pages and decorated covers. Materials used include: Italian handmade paper, mahogany, milk paint, linen thread, brass, leather, mica, found metal, and found photographs.

The smaller book is attached to the front cover of the larger by a chain (13 cm.). It slips into a notched recess in the front cover of the larger. It is bound in wooden boards; a small window, covered with mica, in the front board contains tiny shells. The endpapers of this book are recycled book pages with French text.

The larger book comprises 16 octavo signatures of handmade paper, with endpapers of walnut-stained handmade flax paper, bound in heavy green wooden boards with textured surface. Within the back surface of the recess on the front cover (in which the smaller book fits) is a photograph of a woman holding a book, framed within a layer of soft cloth. A rectangular frame of metal surrounds the top and sides of the recess, and a "shelf" protrudes below the recess for the smaller book to rest on. On the inside of the back cover is a mica-covered recess containing a flat rock decorated with a simple botanical drawing; a border of recycled French text surrounds the rock. In a corresponding position on the outside back cover is an old photograph (ca. late 19th century?) of four women with open books in hand, presented within a found metal frame attached to the cover. The book has a leather strap closure.

"Until fairly recently all books were prized possessions--medieval libraries chained books to the shelves to prevent theft. In those days each volume was crafted with precision, elaborately decorated and embellished with precious stones and metals. I aim to make my books just as precious as those medieval manuscripts"--Artist's statement from Vamp & Tramp Booksellers website, viewed June 19, 2013.

Rights

Courtesy of the artist

Source

Vanderbilt University Special Collections, Southern Civilization Collection

Files

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Citation

Essig, Daniel, 1967-, “[Album Chain Book],” Gallery, accessed July 4, 2022, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/1153.