Bound by Tuttle: The Amazing Bindings of Richard Tuttle May 2, 2013 – Posted in: book arts, bookbinding, Books and Art

The Raven 10” x 12”

One of Richard Tuttle’s latest magical bindings is aptly called “The Raven.” For it Tuttle takes a copy of the 1995 Folio Society edition of Poe’s classic poem and binds it in some black goat leather boards. The boards and endpapers are then “feathered” to give binding  the impression of flight. The book is able to stand alone for display.

Here is a sampling of some of his other recent astounding creations:

A copy of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World bound in lamb skin over boards that feature a drug dispensary motif with the titles and commentary printed on vinyl. The endpapers were created by Richard Tuttle for this book.

George Orwell’s Animal Farm bound in full pig skin over sculpted boards with original endpapers. The sculpting of the boards is about an eighth of an inch deep showing the imprint of actual pig’s feet.
A copy of the two volume Heritage Press edition of Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell  in a combination of green velvet and cowhide sale leather covered boards with “Tara 1 and Tara 2” on a paper label affixed to the spine.Tuttle’s also built a spectacular case/sculpture made of various woods that serve as a beautiful display piece for the books. The book measures 11.5” x 8”
A large print edition of The Catcher in The Rye bound in pig leather covered boards with elaborate tooling to the front board and spine expressing views from the book The front endpapers are an elaborate combination of a detective magazine similar to one Holden took on the train with him and other period memorabilia he might not want his mother to see. The final touch is a padlock. 2012. 11” x 9”
For The Henry Miller Trilogy Tuttle designed a custom valise/suitcase. He also created all the travel stickers that adorn the suitcase. The inside lid of the case includes the history of the books publication, censorship and eventual distribution.
All of the bindings are unique and available at Franklin Books
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