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Books by Erica Jong, Bound by Minsky

Becoming Light
Becoming Light
 by Erica Jong

HarperCollinsPublishers, 1991
Bound by Minsky 1992
Book is 9.5" x 6.5"
Slipcase which includes book and typescript is 12" x 9" x 4"

Binding includes back cover and spine in Nigerian goatskin, with a 23k gold stamped title. The front cover is a lacquered panel of acrylic over a photo of the author. The binding has a paper chemise which slides into a velvet lined double slipcase. The original typescript is in the other side of the slipcase, in a folder with Velcro closures. The inside of that part of the slipcase is paper lined, and has recesses for the flaps of the folder.


 Inventing Memory
A Novel of Mothers and Daughters
by Erica Jong

HarperCollinsPublishers, 1997
Bound by Minsky 1998
9.5" x 6.5" x 1.5"

Calf dyed by Minsky, gold stamping, oak, brass hardware, wallpaper endsheets, inkjet photomontage and labels. Edges of Armenian Bole and gold leaf. Note the hinged oak straps across the spine. This binding is created to give the feeling of a steamer trunk, with destination labels relating to the travels of the four generations of women in the novel. It is a binding, however, and not a box. The text is integral to the structure, as can be seen in the detail photos.

Before creating the above version, a prototype was made in varnished buckram and mahogany, without the photomontage, and just the thickness of the text. You can click on the image to see an enlarged version with details.

Inventing Memory
Any Woman's Blues
A Novel of Obsession
by Erica Jong

Harper and Row, 1990
Bound by Minsky 2000
10" x 7" x 3"
Collection of Mechtild Maes, Amsterdam

Binding in the style of a writing-box. Wood and wood veneers stained to a cherry-mahogany hue, inset leather panel. 


Sappho's Leap

A Novel
by Erica Jong

Norton, 2003
Bound by Minsky 2003
12" x 7" diameter

Bound as a scroll. Papyrus endpaper printed inkjet with reproduction of Sappho text from early scroll fragment. Wood endcaps with oil base stain, 23K gold leaf, polyurethane and lacquer. Inset brass bushing for cedar scroll handle, which is contained in scroll center under removable endcap. Wood base with, stain, polyurethane and lacquer. Scroll cover is lacquered inkjet adapted from Greek Krater image of Alcaeus and Sappho. 


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