Bound by Sonya Sheats

Tranströmer, Tomas. Madrigal. Translated from Swedish by Robin Fulton. Original linocuts by Birgit Alm-Pons. Illustrated by Birgit Alms-Pons. Vernon (France), 2010. Copy 13/50 signed by both author and illustrator. $5500.

Quarter leather spine in calf. Text block sewn onto green watersnake bands. Wood boards in birch veneer with zebrawood inlays and acrylic paint, zebrawood doublures, Silsuede flyleaves. Housed in a custom slipcase covered in Birch veneer stamped with a black point at the tail. Bound in 2012. 17.5 x 23 cm.

Since 2005, the Nobel Museum and the Swedish Bookbinders Guild have collaborated to present a bookbinding exhibition at the Nobel Museum in honor of the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. When Thomas Tranströmer was the recipient of the award in 2011, the exhibition was opened to bookbinders worldwide. Among the 78 bindings accepted for the exhibit, Sonya’s binding was one of only 10 awarded an honorable mention.