Bound by: Christine Giard

Mort du Papier

Paris: Pierre Gaudin, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine.


Woodcut by Pierre Gaudin. Unknown limitation. This slim volume is the text of a speech Delluegue delivered at the July 1966 commencement and prize-giving ceremony at the Lycée Technique et Moderne à Isle–sur-Sougue. In it he continually refers to recently published works of fiction by Eero Tolvanen and René Zuber in which an unstoppable bacterium destroys all paper, including paper currency, causing the collapse of civilization. No doubt, many of these graduates assisted in the rescue of the millions of books and works of art damaged in the catastrophic flood of the Arno in November of the same year. The accompanying woodcut by Pierre Gaudin, printed in flaming red, and the charred aspect of Giard’s binding underscore Delluegue’s point by using vivid imagery of the destruction of paper. Christine Giard has been studying and teaching bookbinding for over 35 years. In bookbinding, Giard found the perfect combination of her interests and talents. She immerses herself completely in the combination of the precision required in binding structures of all kinds, the attributes of the materials involved, the freedom to choose or create the materials she uses to realize her designs, and the opportunities to never, ever stop learning. Her passion and creativity are evident in her bindings. Giard's design aesthetic leans toward minimalism, but her use of unexpected techniques and materials create a tightly controlled tension that makes her work vibrate with energy. Giard has studied with many renowned bookbinding artists, including: Micheline de Bellefroid, Michel Richard, Hugo Peller, Edwin Heim, Vladimir Tchekeroul, Sün Evrard, Hélène Jolis, Edgard Claes, and Anne Goy. Her work can be found in public and private collections all over Europe and the United States, including Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands) and The Morgan Library. Bradel binding. Burned paper, painted and applied over Japanese paper. Titled in pyrography. Clamshell box. Bound by Christine Giard in 2007. 11.7cm x 20.3 cm.