Blank Manuscript Book
for Tom Phillips' translation of Dante's Inferno
Whatman paper
Bound by Minsky 1979
9 5/8" x 7" x 1"
"MINSKY 79" blind tooled inside back cover
Collection of The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry

Nigerian goat sumac tanned and dyed by the artist, blind tooled with Florentine lily design drawn by Phillips, made into intaglio, relief and outline tools. Hinges of same skin, with doublures of the same skin reversed. This book is a translation of a 13th century Florentine bookbinding design (in the British Library) into a contemporary British bookbinding idiom. The skin was tanned by Minsky at the National Leathersellers Center in Northampton, England. The paper was hand made in England. The finishing tools were engraved in England. The binding was done in England.

You can also view a unique Minsky binding on a copy of the finished limited edition of Tom Phillips' Dante's Inferno.

Read about this binding in Rose Slivka's Review.

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