- Quebec, Canada: Editions les Giboulées, 2017.
- full leather, cloth clamshell box with leather spine label with publisher, title, and author
- (48) pages
Price: $3,400.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 134406
Limited to 45 numbered copies signed by the author and illustrator, of which this is number 1. Illustrated by Ghislaine Bureau. This particular copy is bound in 2018 by Monique Lallier in full gray Buffalo leather with cut out on the front and back cover. The edges of the boards are painted red and onlays of stone veneer mark the cross roads with a small red onlays on the front and back. Edge to edge doublures of gray buffalo and fly leaves of silver leather. The book is sewn on stubs. Lallier states "This is a beautiful book printed on handmade paper. The concept by Ghislaine Bureau, and ARA Canada." Monique Lallier: A Retrospective (Oak Knoll Press, 2018).
The text is shaped poetry (in French) by Luc Bureau. The design, featuring different typefaces and sizes, with intentional differences in leading, is a delight. This is shaped poetry taken to a new level - intriguing and provocative. Poems are about Canada, country and people. The five illustrations are printed letterpress in black and white with red and/or silver gilt embellishments. The title, Chemins de Traverse, may be translated as "Short Cuts" but it is clear that nobody associated with the creation of this book took one! The grey and white subtlety of this book requires close reading and is worth the effort.