London: John Lehmann, 1949. Vaughan, Keith. 1st Edition. Leather. First edition, in a custom binding, octavo size, 69 pp., signed by binder Paul Delrue. Fine. Item #CNPD02
First edition, in a custom binding. Paul Delrue (b. 1944) bound his first book at the age of 15 in 1959, and knew he had discovered his calling. He became an apprentice at the University College, London from 1961–64 and worked there as a binder until 1971. He set up his own bindery in 1971 and in 1981 was elected a Fellow of the Society of Bookbinders, having founded and served as chairman of the Chester and North Wales branch in 1979. Paul has earned numerous awards and honours, including the Silver medal and three other awards in 1991 in The Bookbinding Competition. He was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in the same year; the following year he was awarded two Bronze medals in the prestigious Prix Paul Bonet. Paul developed the lacunose style of binding which is now used by other binders; his work is highly prized and springs from within him; as he writes on his web site, "A book and its binding are inextricably linked – the one complements the other in a way which creates something more than just a book with an attractive cover. My design bindings draw on what a book says to me and how it inspires me emotionally". Rimbaud is Delrue's favorite poet, and this is a sumptuous design binding of the first edition, including illustrations and the dust-jacket which is inlaid to the upper board of the case. ***DESCRIPTION: Full blue marbled sheepskin by Thomas Schmitz, onlay to upper board depticts Arthur Rimbaud at 17 smoking a pipe and is hand drawn in black by the binder, small circular onlay to lower board, housed a blue cloth fall-down-back box, with the upper wrapper of the original dust-jacket inlaid to the upper board and ruled in blind, lined in grey suede, bound with marbled endpapers, frontispiece and eight full-page illustrations, [i-vi], 1-69 pp., first edition in a custom binding, signed on the final page of text by Paul Delrue. ***CONDITION: A stunning, fine example of both the condition of the first edition, and the binding, in a fine box. Some might disapprove of a rebinding of a first edition, but in this case it is more of an homage or collaboaration, a loving new home built by a kindred spirit, and a very fine way to enjoy the first edition of the text. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.