Marlyn Bonaventure, Orange, California
The Book of Origins
Case binding in Harmatan light blue leather with a collage of various goat leathers and 24k gold stars. Paste endpapers by Claire Maziarczyk. Silk handmade endbands. Sprinkled and gauffered head edge. 8-1/2 x 5-3/4 x 1 inches. Bound 2005.
James Crumley, The Mexican Pig Bandit, illustrated by Phil Parks
Full leather, traditional laced-in of dark brown Harmatan goatskin. Top edge sprinkled with brown ink. Hand-tied red, green and white silk headbands. Cover design blind stamped with leather onlays of red, green, white and beige. The endpapers are a red handmade paper. This design was an edition of 12 all signed by the author and illustrator. Book: 9 x 7-1/8 x 1/2 inches. Box: 10 x 7 x 1-1/4 inches. Bound 1999.
My experience in bookbinding began later in my life, and slowly, in Southern
California in the early 1990's with short weekend workshops whenever they
were available. I learned about the Hand Bookbinders of California in
San Francisco, and began taking weekend workshops there. I was fortunate
to take a class with Bernard Middleton on Rebacking Leather Books at Mills
College. In 1993 I met Eleanore Ramsey and for about 7 years commuted
to take lessons from her. I have studied in Telluride and in California
with Tini Miura. Thanks to Mel Kavin I have been able to study with many
wonderful binders at workshops that were held atKater-Craft Bindery. My
family has owned a bookstore, used and out-of-print books, in southern
California for the last 18 years, which has availed me with more repair
work that anyone could want. Website at http://www.bonaventurebindery.com.
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244
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