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The Raven [Miniature, handwritten & illustrated manuscript,: Hadlac, Jiri (book

Hadlac, Jiri (book artist & bookbinder) & Edgar Allan Poe.

Published by Handwritten & bound miniature illustrated manuscript book; undated; ca. 1980's. Artist's name written on front paste down. (1980)


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From: Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc. (Brecksville, OH, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Handwritten & bound miniature illustrated manuscript book; undated; ca. 1980's. Artist's name written on front paste down., 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Handwritten & bound miniature illustrated manuscript book; undated; ca. 1980's. Artist's name written on front paste down. A hand-crafted miniature artist's book by Jiri Hadlac. Size of binding: 2 x 2 1/2"; consists of 18 numbered pages of calligraphic manuscript, written in English, in several different colored inks & with similar drawings in outline of heads of ravens, by Hadlac. Paper is a special, multi-tinted paper, assembled accordion-style, with written words in various directions & drawings on one side. Text is sentences from Poe's "The Raven", beginning" "Once upon a midnight." Binding is in a dark- stained calf leather with a semi-abstract, raised/sculpted form on front cover, which suggests a pen, head on a raven, etc. with various tools blind-stamped in lines on both covers, letter P on back cover; text is bound to back cover, so the front cover drops down & away from text-block; cover edges, surface show "antiqued" look. Artist's name signed as calligraphy on front paste down: Hadlac. Fine condition. One of a small series of handwritten & entirely handmade/bound books based on Poe's Raven. This appears to be the smallest in size, to our knowledge. Rare item. "[.] The decisive breakthrough came with the Fifth Jubilee Trienale held in Prague, and organized by the Prague Museum of National Literature. The selection offered a rich and varied cross-section of new styles and unconventional approaches, including books written, illustrated, and bound by one artist, book-concepts, book-objects, books bound in morocco and decorated in classical style, books employing conventional techniques and materials, books of handmade paper or synthetic materials. Particularly outstanding binders included J. H. Kocman and Jiri Hadlac. Kocman, though by profession a veterinary pharmacologist, is the creator of numerous livre d'auteur projects and concept-books embodying his conception of the total book; i.e., a book created in all respects (idea, material, actual execution) by a single artist. Jiri Hadlac, graphic artist and sculptor, had a different background, natural science having been his original field of specialization. Hadlac is an idiosyncratic interpreter of famous literary texts. A good example of his work is his calligraphic rendering of Poe's poem "The Raven" accompanied by his own illustrations, graphic layout, and design and finished with Hadlac's own handmade colored paper and binding." (The Contemporary Renaissance of Fine Bookbinding in Czechoslovakia, 1973-1985, by Emil Minar; in: Fine Print, Vol. 13, #1, January 1987; p. 24). Also see Jiri Hadlac's own article: "Artist of the Book", in: The New Bookbinder Journal of Designer Bookbinders Vol. 8, 1988; pp. 28-36; several pictures of other book-projects, featuring Poe's "Raven" are shown. Signed by Illustrator(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-162495140

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