Bound by: Sonya Sheats

Bien Aimé Raymond

Vézelay: Éditions de la Goulotte, 2002. Signed Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Fine.


Copy 52/75. WITH: Original lithograph invitation to the launch party 26 September 2002. Bien Aimé Raymond is a previously unpublished poem by Max Jacob (1876-1944), the French novelist, poet, and painter. It was contained in a letter to Raymond Queneau. Jacob was close friends with many avant-garde writers and artists including Picasso, Cocteau, and Modigliani, and his work touches on the same symbolic, surreal, and cubist tendencies. Queneau’s son Jean-Marie designed the text, illustrations, and lithographed the book. The colophon is signed by J-M Queneau. Queneau joined the Gallimard publishing house in 1938. His son, Jean-Marie, is the creator of this book. He runs and is one of two illustrators for Éditions de la Goulotte. All books published by Éditions de la Goulotte are lithographs, both text and illustration, and are printed by hand in runs of 100 copies or fewer. Éditions de la Goulotte mostly publishes poetry by contemporary writers and previously unpublished works by 20th century poets. 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. Dorfner, or open structure, binding sewn onto four light yellow watersnake bands, blue goatskin spine, bird’s eye maple boards with dyed maple onlays, bird’s eye maple doublures, Silsuede flyleaves, and Nepalese paper blanks. Bound by Sonya Sheats in 2007. 28.5cm x 20.5cm.