St. Petersburg: Nikodim Press, 2019. Sayenko, Dmitry. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 12 of 20 copies, folio size, 32 pp., signed by James J. Owens and Dmitry Sayenko, in slipcase. Fine. Item #19091401
Dmitry Sayenko (b. 1965), Russian printmaker and book artist, graduated from the Mukhina Art School in St. Petersburg in 1995. He resides in St. Petersburg where he prints and binds his own books; a true book artist, he not only prints and binds, but carves the blocks, sets the type, and often makes the paper for the books himself. His works are in private collections as well as institutions around the world, including the Russian National Library, the Staatsbibliotheck, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Van Abbemuseum, and the Eoun-ho Kim Collection, among others.
"An Arthurian Narrative Sonnet Cycle" is the second book with an Arthurian theme upon which Dmitry collaborated with James Owens, a specialist in Arthuriana and fluent in Latin. Dmitry has always produced lovely illustrations, but he has reached new heights with this work – this is not a book for children. It is a book for those who have ever felt passion, love, lust, hatred – the words of the Arthurian legends live in these illustrations. Dmitry’s vision has clothed Jim’s words with flesh, and the result is astounding.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in half red leather over decorated paper boards, one linocut by Sayenko on the front board, paper label mounted to the front with red lettering, red endpapers, title page with lettering in red, the text is carefully placed upon each place so that the words and illustrations form a complex dance, with each complementing the other, linocuts on every page in black and shades of grey printed upon paper which has been "distressed" which gives added dimension and weight, printed in an edition of 20 copies, this no. 12, signed by both James Owens and Dmitry Sayenko on the colophon; folio size (13.5" by 9.75"), unpaginated with sixteen printed leaves. Encased in a matching slipcase of sturdy cardboard, the sides covered with decorated paper matching that on the boards, limitation number in pencil on the spine.
___CONDITION: Fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; we acquired this copy directly from the book artist, it is as new. The slipcase also fine, clean and without wear. A stunning rendition of the Arthurian legend.
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