Artists handbound book 'Sailing to Byzantium' featuring W.B. Yeat's poetry. Reader's gift

Artists handbound book 'Sailing to Byzantium' featuring W.B. Yeat's poetry. Reader's gift



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A handmade artist book featuring three poems by W.B. Yeats, 'Sailing to Byzantium', The Cloths of Heaven' and 'The Wandering Song of Aengus'. A lovely literary gift that can be personalised. It is hand bound using a coptic stitch which has been used for centuries - W.B.Yeats would have liked that!
I have complemented the poems with illustration to reference Yeats reflections about ageing, and about nurturing the spirit in order to live as fully as possible in a mortal world. The illustrations for Cloths of Gold are originally from medieval manuscript, as Yeats had a predilection for history and tradition and I think he would have approved of choosing images from a previous century referencing the age old traditions of using art to express our human existence. In Cloths of Gold I think Yeats is referring to the beauty that nature provides us with in landscape. The final poem is exquisite, and I have superimposed some blossom from the poem onto a vintage portrait of a beauty . The poem refers back to old mythology in which Aengus is entranced by a vision for whom he searches, and finds her, but both are turned into swans for a year. Yeat's Aengus has a vision, but is still searching. He refers to the magical transformative powers of sun and moon, of magic and meaning - and it is this transforming message of faith that Yeats hearkens back to.

The cover complements the books textured pages, which are printed onto a heavyweight premium paper, Bockingford 190gsm for longevity and print quality. The cover may differ slightly as each book I make is made to order and is individual . The finished book measures approx 11 x 14 cm and is sewn together using a traditional coptic stitch method. I include a printed certificate of authenticity which is signed and dated.

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Each book I make is researched and produced by myself, and reflects my interests in art, history and literature. Nature is also a theme which I return to. Each book is individual and can be much longer in it's gestation than in its manufacture!! Some take months to become clear to me!!

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My handmade come with an individual slipcase ideal for gifting, and protecting the book. Additionally I am happy to wrap this in a gift paper.

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kkcc00xx May 25, 2018

5 out of 5 stars
Beautiful and meaningful gift. It is lovely, and very nicely packaged.

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Desi Kelley Jun 11, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
it came beautifully packaged in a protective cover created with print from the manuscript, which is awesome. The seller kept me updated on the progress of creation and informed me when it was shipped. I am very satisfied with my purchase!

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Samantha Ede Dec 14, 2018

5 out of 5 stars
I am so pleased with this, Anne put a lot of effort in researching this for me and crafting it all together. I now have a tribute to my favourite poet & it’s so unique. Thank you very much

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Samantha Ede Sep 18, 2018

5 out of 5 stars
Truly adorable & beautiful little book & lovely tribute to Virginia. Perfectly put together & well made. You can tell a lot of love and care has gone into making it. Perfect for the literature lover in your life (Especially if that’s you!)

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