The Book About Cats

St. Petersburg: Nikodim Press, 2014. Sayenko, Dmitry. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 11 of 15 copies, folio size, 31 pp., signed by book artist Dmitry Sayenko. Fine. Item #21052005

Dmitry Sayenko, born in 1965 in Kiev, learned a love of book illustration from his father, a book illustrator himself, by watching his father at work. In 1995 he graduated from the Mukhina Art School, St. Petersburg; Dmitry still lives and works in St. Petersburg. In 1993 he began to work in the artist book field and, for most of his books, he not only designs the book, but makes the cuts, prints and binds the books, and for several also makes the paper.

His works are in private collections as well as institutions around the world, including the Russian National Library, the Staatsbibliotheck, The Grolier Club, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Eoun-ho Kim Collection, among others. Dmitry's illustration are powerful and evocative, and in addition to wood and linocuts he uses other media such as pieces of old sheet music in creating his books.

Cats are a prevalent theme for Sayenko, as is evinced in this work which is a series of short stories about famous people - such as Tsar Peter the Great, Mark Twain, and Winston Churchill - and their relationships with cats.

___DESCRIPTION: Bound accordion style with printing on one side only and with the final leaf tipped onto the back of a case of sturdy cardboard, quarter-bound in natural thick linen cloth, the sides covered in paper decorated and with printing by Sayenko, the top and bottom edges uncut, the endpapers (pastedowns only) of grey paper, title page in red and black with a small cut of a cat, most of the text in black with some phrases in red, cuts throughout in multiple colours; folio size (text block just under 15" tall), unpaginated with 31 leaves (printed on one side only) and with two additional leaves tipped in which fold out. Enclosed in a sturdy cardboard slipcase covered with white paper.

___CONDITION: Fine, as new; we acquired the book directly from the book artist (this being the sole remaining copy, the edition is now sold out), it is as it came from his workshop; slipcase also fine.

___POSTAGE: Please note that due to size and weight additional postage may apply, please inquire for details.

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Price: $2,800.00

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