St. Petersburg: Dmitry Sayenko, 2019. Sayenko, Dmitry. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 1 of 20, oblong octavo size, approx.  pp., signed by Dmitry Sayenko on the colophon. Fine. Item #19020401
The game of chess has a nuanced and fascinating history, and Dmitry Sayenko presents an engaging account of the development of the game, copiously illustrated with Dmitry's stunning linocuts; each page is filled with illustrations of the varied characters and versions of chess described in the text. Dmitry's illustrative style perfectly captures the flurry of anecdotes and the history of chess that fill the book; the visual aesthetic of the linocuts, as they weave throughout the text and spread across pages, is as necessary to experiencing the book as the actual comprehension of the words.
Dmitry not only illustrates the books and prints the text by hand, but he also designs and binds the books himself; this volume comes in a lovely slipcase made of wood, with checkerboard patterns printed on the front and rear side, and wooden chess pieces adhered over the pattern. Each element of the book is painstakingly considered, to create a participation, a tactile resonance that connects the viewer with the subject of chess.
___DESCRIPTION: Full grey cloth, black-and-white linocut inset to the front board, metal corner guards, all edges uncut, grey endpapers, title page in brown and black with linocut featuring two men playing chess, linocuts printed in black, grey, tan, and red throughout, some on grey paper and a couple on small fold-out sheets; oblong octavo size (8" by 11.5"), approximately 40 unnumbered pages, signed by Dmitry Sayenko on the colophon. In a wooden slipcase with a checkerboard pattern printed in black on both sides, with vintage wooden chess pieces adhered to both sides.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The wooden slipcase is fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear.
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