An exhibition of 45 bindings by the innovative French craftsman
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Jean de Gonet
49th, 88th, 113th and 121st Chorus from Mexico City Blues by Jack Kerouac
(1986) Softground etching by Enrico Baj. Published 1981, bound 1986. 37/60 on handmade Amalfi. Blue glazed calf with fantasy pattern. The front cover has a vertical band of lbue glazed calf with the same pattern reversed. The label is a black plastic material forming a horizontal half-moon suspended from the vertical band, with lettering in red, white and blue and pierced by two metal rivets. Doublures of light grey suede. Light grey chemise and slipcase. Private collection, Detroit.
A Badly Bound Book by François Morellet
(1986) Printed and punctured calf, brown, olive and black following the different cuts of the book. Title label on front cover. Private collection, Detroit. Published 1982, bound 1986.
Calamités des Origines by Jean-Mario Prassinos and Gisèle Prassinos
(1984) Cover of marked paper with “musical score.” Sewn on two raised bands. Riveted blue card corners and band end-pieces. Spine of black calfskin. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. 15/20 on Arches. Published 1937, bound 1984.
(1986) Standard Révorim binding. 6/110 on Velin du Marais. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Published 1957, bound 1986.
Catalogue One Hundred and Eight
(1986) Ochre clouded chagrin, lightly sprinkled with red, over flexible boards; bordered, on the outer edge, with a thin slat of terracotta boxwood, on the inside with a broad convex boxwood slat, deeply scored; on front cover oblong rectangle of thickly silvered calf, partly reticulated, and bearing the title lettered in metallic red; reticulated blue chagrin spine, three cords embedded in it; doublures of terracotta suede, endleaves of light-brown suede. Signed on upper doublure. Back of chemise of sprinkled blue leather, title lettered in metallic red. Collection of B.H. Breslauer. Published 1985, bound 1986.
Chronique by St. John Perse
(1984) A composition of papers with red stripes on a straw-colored background. Title on a slant on the front cover. Sewn on two tapes. Spine of red pigskin. Collection of M. Bernard Malle. 1/100 on Lafuma. Published 1959, bound 1984.
Confidence D’un Pécheur Solitaire by Louis Pons
(1984) Yew wood dyed blue. Clasp made from float and other fishing material. Sewn on two raised bands. Spine of brown calfskin. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Manuscript, 1983, bound 1984.
Dall’Etè Dell’Ansia. Recita. By Wystan Hugh Auden
(1986) Lithographs by Valerio Adami. Lithos printed in Milan. Giorgio Upiglio. 1/60 on handmade Amalfi. Révorim binding. Red spine and border, bands and label in light grey calf. Doublures of grey polished calf. Private collection, Detroit. Published 1969, bound 1986.
De la Sainte Famille au Droit è la Paresse by René Char
(1982) Frontispiece etching by Wifredo Lam. 47/75 with the etching. Published 1976, bound 1982. Both covers with parallel horizontal bands of natural calf. Back and fore edge of dark brown polished calf. Raised bands and triangular leather band elements accented with tropical wood and metal decoration. Doublures of natural suede. Chemise back and fore edge of beige polished calf. Slipcase lined with leather. Private collection, Detroit.
Du Tic au Tac by Zwy Milshtein
(1981) Covers made of African dark wood, with ebony clasp and steel rivets. Sewn on two raised bands. Collection of M. Philippe Dupuy. 3/10 Vergé. Published 1973, bound 1981.
Guide de Paris et de Ses Environs et de L’Exposition de 1900 by Armand Silvestre
(1986) Révorim binding from personalised and numbered limited edition No. 1. Signed inside front cover. Published 1900, bound 1986.
(1986) Révorim binding with inset title label. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Published 1971, bound 1986.
Hiroshima Mon Amour. Synopsis by Marguerite Duras
(1986) 20 illustrations of paper pulp images by Ann Sperry. 32 pages on pink handmade paper fabricated at Kaldewey Papermill. Published 1985-1986, bound 1986.
Hommage et Profanations by Octavio Paz
(1977) Oxidized and waxed brown calfskin. Improvisation on a traditional French frame design. Collection of M. Philippe Dupuy. 10/25 with suite of color engravings. Published 1963, bound 1977.
Il Ne Fait Pas Assez Noir by Joe Bousquet
(1985) Combined sections of stamped and riveted black leather on flexible covers bordered on the front edge with ebony. Sewn on two tapes. Collection of M. Fred Feinsilber. 29/50 on Vergé. Published 1932, bound 1985.
Il y a un Océan by Philippe Soupault
(1986) Révorim binding with inset round title label. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Published 1936, bound 1986. 25 on Normandy Vellum.
Jean de Gonet Reliures
(1982) Standard Révorim binding. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Published 1982, bound 1986.
Jean de Gonet Reliures
(1982) Personalised Révorim binding with chemise and slip case. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Published 1982.
Jean de Gonet Reliures
(1986) Personalised Révorim binding stamped inside front cover: Jean de Gonet Révorim Atelier Antonio P.N. Private collection, New York. Published 1982, bound 1986.
La Deuxième Aventure Céleste de Monsieur Antipyrine by Tristan Tzara
(1983) Case binding in sky blue calfskin split. Title label with eyelet chain pulled by a little sheep. Collection of M. Claude Oterelo. Published 1938, bound 1983. 23/125 on colored paper.
La Femme Facile by Georges Hugnet
(1986) Published 1972, bound 1986. 57/100 on Vergé d’Arches. Covers of textured and glazed navy blue calf. Fore edges of black calf. Panels of sculpted ebony on spine edge, and a miniature sculpted ebony panel, in the center of the front cover frames a vermillion calf label titled in blue ink. Doublures of vermillion suede, endsheets of textured and glazed navy blue calf. Navy blue slipcase with rounded back of black polished calf, lined with vermillion suede.
La Hampe de l’Imaginaire
(1986) Etching by Oscar Dominguez. Published 1936, bound 1986. 49/70 on Normandy vellum. Inscribed on the title page “è Virgil Thomson pour tendre entre nous un arc-en-ciel perpétuel son ami Georges Hugnet 1936”. “Révorim Atelier” binding. Back and fore edges in green leather, yellow leather label. Green suede doublures. Dark grey chemise and slipcase. Private collection, Detroit.
La Tour de Babel by Franz Kafka
(1985) Personalised Révorim binding in chemise and slip case. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Published 1936, bound 1985. 39/70 on Normandy Vellum.
L’Art Nègre by René Rasmussen
(1987) Révorim binding from personalised and numbered limited edition No. 2. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Published 1951, bound 1987.
Le Bateau Ivre by Arthur Rimbaud
(1986) Two linoleum cuts by Jeff Pinkas. Published 1981, bound 1986. “Révorim Atelier” binding. Light grey marbled calf. Lettering in black and brown. Burgundy suede doublures. Private collection, Detroit.
Les Cris de la Fée by Max Bucaille
(1984) Flexible covers of blue calfskin with sanded grain, bordered with ebony on the front edge. Running vertically, in line with the spine, the impression of a boxwood engraving “le décamètre.” Sewn on two tapes. Black spine. Collection of M. Gilles de Chabaneix. 35/50 on Normandy vellum. Published 1939, bound 1984.
Lettre À Jacques Callot by Zwy Milshtein
(1985) Perforated sheet-metal, rubber and rubber patches, bordered with teak on the front edge. Sewn on two bands. Spine in brown calfskin. Collection of M. Gilles de Chabaneix. 13/50 on vergé. Published 1973, bound 1985.
L’Invité des Morts by Franz Kafka
(1985) Number 56 of 100 on Montval with 4 dry point etchings by Wols. Published 1948, bound 1985. From the collection of M. Daniel Filipacchi.
Martin Eden by Jack London
(1983) Articulated binding of ebony and teak. Rusted hinge decorations on the band end-pieces. Sewn on two raised bands. Canvas spine with rivets. Collection of M. Jean-Edouard Gautrot. 18/25 on Lafuma. Published 1924, bound 1983.
Monique Mathieu. Georges Leroux. Jean de Gonet
(1986) Révorim binding with inset leather fore edge and title label. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Published 1978, bound 1986.
Monsieur Ténor by Pierre Courthion
(1986) Etching by Kurt Seligmann. Published 1936, bound 1986. 22/70 on Normandy vellum. “Révorim Atelier” binding. Grey lizard back and fore edge, glazed black label lettered in red. Dark grey chemise and slipcase. Private collection, Detroit.
Oeuvres Complets de Lautreamont
(1987) Révorim binding from personalised and numbered limited edition No. 2. 61 on Hollande. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Published 1938, bound 1987.
Peintures et Dessins by Henri Michaux
(1986) Personalised Révorim binding in chemise and slip case. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. Published 1946, bound 1986.
Quatres Poemes. Four Songs by Samuel Beckett
(1986) French and English with six etchings and a record of the song by Chinese Composer Bun-Ching Lam. 28 pp on handmade paper fabricated at Kaldewey Papermill in triangular shape. Flexible wooden binding with ebony calf. Collection of Gunnar Kaldewey. Deluxed edition signed by Beckett and Lam.
Raccolta di 8 Versi by Constantinos Kavafis
(1986) Frontispiece etching by Mimmo Paladino. Published 1984, bound 1986. Etching printed in Milan. Giorgio Upiglio. 9/60 on handmade Amalfi. Blue polished calf with fantasy pattern. Front cover with a semi-circle composed of a horizontal band of black printed calf crowned by a setting sun of glazed red calf with fantasy pattern. The black band is lettered in green and blue and is pierced by two metal rivets. Dark brown suede doublures. Private collection, Detroit.
Rare Books and Fine Bindings 1463-1845. Catalogue 106.
(1983) Agate-polished clouded brown flexible calf, sides scored to the shape of a pointed envelope flap, the point dotted in blind and decorated with a small black metal fastener attached by the golden head of a nail, next to the spine a strip of ebony, from which emerge three exposed cords continuing across the spine, two black, and one brown. Doublures of greyish-brown suede, endleaves of light-grey handmade paper. Signed on upper doublure. Collection of B.H. Breslauer. Published 1982, bound 1983.
Rose Déclic3 by Dominique Fourcade
(1983) Flexible covers in black calfskin with a strip of Pernambuco wood along the spine edge. A title label of grey calfskin is set into this strip. Sewn on three raised bands. Private collection, Paris. 1/700 on invory Centaure.
Rose Déclic4 by Dominique Fourcade
(1983) Veined and polished calfskin with a strip of ebony along the spine edge of the cover. Into the ebony is set the title label made of the same calfskin unpolished. Sewn on three raised bands. From the collection of M. Bernard Malle. Number 58 of 500 on Vergé.
Violette Nozières by V. Nozières
(1984) Pink calfskin inlaind with fine colored and metallic strips. Title piece set aslant on the front cover. Sewn on two tapes, one green, one yellow. Spine of grey lizard skin. Collection of M. Jean de Gonet. 1/2000 on velin paper. Published 1933, bound 1984.