Lowlands Away

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simplified binding (invented by Sün Evrard)


  • author: Adrian Henri
  • illustrator: Adrian Henri
  • press: Old School Press, Hinton Charterhouse, Bath
  • year: 2001


26.3 x 19.5 x 1.3cm


19th century stytle bookcloth, leather spine and endbands, suede flyleaves, colored edges, paste downs of bookcloth and Arches paper dyed with natural pigments, end sheets are handmade paper dyed and digitally printed, clamshell box with bookcloth and hand dyed hanji.

The Cynthia Thames barge was lost at sea while carrying thousands of empty clay bottles to be refilled at the Apollinaris water company in Remagen, Germany, on the Rhine. It was its fiftieth voyage doing so like may other barges employed by the Germany company.

I made the 19th century style bookcloth with wheat paste and natural dyes to obtain a warm red reminiscent of the Thames barge sails. The endsheets are printed with images of the Apollinaris clay bottles similar to those transported in the hull of the Cynthia barge.

Incidentally, Apollinaris water was served on the Titanic, and the brand now belonds to Coca Cola.

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