(Alpignano:Editions Alberto Tallone), 1965. 8 x 13 167 pages. Bound by Jeff Clements in a bold geometric pattern of rectangles & triangles in black, grey, blue, & red morocco, blind-tooled & with raised bands on the covers; pastedowns of black & grey morocco, endleaves of red suede; all edges in graphite. Stamp signed JC88 on the rear doublure. Fine in felt-lined traycase. Item #18742
A stately printing of Dante's poems in a handsome binding, this no. 182 of 375 copies printed on a handpress in 24 point Caslon italic. This binding was exhibited at Design Bookbinders in 1989. Clements wrote "this is an example of an 'axis' binding in which strict vertical and horizontal lines are related to oblique forms."
Clements, past president of Designer Bookbinders, says his binding designs "are essentially a resolving of tensions and stresses within a contained area. Finishing techniques have been consciously restricted to make maximum effort from a minimal statement, and I find it possible to work with freedom using only inlaid leathers and linear blind tooling."