Bound by: Christine Giard

Carte d'identité

[Le Muy]: Unes, 1986. Signed Limited First Edition. Full leather. Fine.


Illustrated by Colette Deblé. Copy IV/XXI. One of 21 copies with an original painting, signed by the illustrator and inscribed by the author, from a total edition of 123. Bernard Noël (b. 1930) is a poet , essayist , art critic, and novelist. He also writes under the pen name of Urban Orlhac. He has created several artists’ books under the Unes imprint. Colette Deblé (b.1944) is a painter who works in Paris. She has collaborated on several artists’ books. 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. Full aubergine box calf. Boards covered in dyed “kromekote” paper and onlaid with quadrilaterals of olive Japanese tissue and silver Buddhist “ghost money.” Tooling in red foil. Bound by Christine Giard. Housed in a clamshell box. 13.5cm x 15cm.