Bound by: Christine Giard


Paris: Gallimard, 1950. Limited Edition. Full leather. Fine.


Copy 3180/3269. One of 150 copies hors commerce. Inscribed by Michaux to Marcel Thiébaut. Passages is a book of aphorisms and reflections by the painter, poet, and writer Henri Michaux (1899-1984). The inscribee, Marcel Thiébaut, is likely the literary critic, playwright, and translator whose publisher was also Gallimard. Giard has planed the leather to such subtle variations of depth as to be almost invisible to the eye. The resulting texture, however, can be felt. This binding is deliciously sensuous in the hand. 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. Blue box calf, planed. Titled in blue foil. Japanese paper endpapers, leather hinges. Leather-edged slipcase. Bound by Christine Giard in 2009. 13.5cm x 17 cm.