Bound by: Sonya Sheats


Vernon: n.p., 2010. Signed Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine.


Copy 13 from an edition of 50 plus 5 Artist's Proofs initialed by Tranströmer and signed by the illustrator, Birgit Alm-Pons. This copy with one unique signed collage and six original linocuts by Birgit Alm-Pons and one unique leaf of Chinese calligraphy by Guo Ruoyan tipped in opposite the final poem, "Haiku," translated into Chinese by Göran Malmqvist. Poems selected by Birgit Alm-Pons and translated into English by Robin Fulton. Text in Swedish, English, and Chinese. 37 leaves (including flyleaves). Sonya Sheats has created an exquisite binding for this beautiful edition of poems by 2011 Nobel Prize winner for Literature Tomas Tranströmer. Her binding was one of only 10 awarded an honorable mention, out of 78 submissions, at the prestigious Nobel Museum and Swedish Bookbinders Guild bookbinding exhibition in 2012. Sonya Sheats began her binding studies in the studio of Anne Vion in France in 2000. She has been practicing and teaching bookbinding ever since, returning to France frequently to study with master binders, including Edgard Claes, Sün Evrard, Michel Richard, and Florent Rousseau. Sheats works with unusual leathers, wood, and polycarbonate as well as more traditional materials and structures. Her art ranges from minimalist leather bindings in muted hues to raucous colors and designs rendered on polycarbonate using automotive paint. No matter what material or structure, Sheats' craftsmanship and sense of style shine. Sheats' work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and Europe. Open-joint binding sewn on 5 green watersnake skin supports. Quarter calf spine matching the color of the birch veneer inlays on the zebrawood veneer boards, birch inlays highlighted with black acrylic paint. Zebrawood veneer doublures; brown Silsuede flyleaves. Double core endbands in black and brown leather. Brown Silsuede spine lining. Housed in a custom birch veneer slipcase by the binder, lined in brown Silsuede, stamped with a black acrylic paint point at the tail. Bound by Sonya Sheats in 2012. 17.5cm x 23cm.