- Foss: Duval & Hamilton, 2015.
- 9.5 x 11 inches
- hardcover, dust jacket
- 160 pages
- ISBN: 9780950135502
Price: $75.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 124455
"This is a complete catalogue raisonne, with every binding (except one) reproduced in colour, many with Jones's own working notes (he was a punctual archivist of his work).... If you missed the exhibition, don't miss the book."
-- The Book Collector, Summer 2015
This illustrated catalogue of 147 designer bindings by Trevor Jones (1931 - 2012) was largely compiled from the binder's own records. The entries, which cover nearly 50 years of bindings, include photos of each book, author and title information, a description of the binding itself, and comments Jones added in his Binder's Note. Jones was a highly innovative binder, not only in his approach to the binding he was working on and its relationship to the text, but in his use of materials. The descriptions include details of these materials, and a glossary gives definitions of these and other binder's terms. Three articles by Jones, "New Directions, or No Direction? British fine binding design in the second half of the 20th century;" "Confessions of an Unrepentant Designer Bookbinder;" and "Extending the Options: the Use of Spirit Leather Dyes in Bookbinding Design," complete this book. With a foreword by Pauline Jones and an introduction by Mirjam Foot.
Trevor Jones trained first at Harrow School of Art and then went on to Hornsey College of Art where he studied bookbinding under Arthur Johnson. He subsequently took up a teaching post at the College of Ripon and York St John. In 1955 he became one of the founding members of the Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders (now Designer Bookbinders). He was markedly influenced by Edgar Mansfield, who enabled him to develop in a manner entirely his own and to become a major figure in the renaissance of fine bookbinding which took place in Britain in the second half of the 20th century.
Although a fine draftsman, he chose bookbinding as his form of expression. Reluctant to accept commissions, he followed his own method of making bindings which were allowed to evolve; each binding its own individually and extending, in one way or another, our appreciation of the text. Interested in the structure of the book and in the use of new technologies and unusual materials, he was continually innovating, and even at an early stage, his bindings show a complete personality of their own and express his gentle, determined, penetrating, witty and humane nature and approach. His use of materials, his understanding of the text and his ability to communicate and transform it into another medium has extended the language of bookbinding in an unexpected and refreshing way.
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