Gone with the Wind, Unique Bindings and Sculpture by Richard Tuttle

Price: $2,985
Gone with the Wind, Unique Bindings and Sculpture by Richard Tuttle
free shipping


Richard Tuttle


Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell in Two Volumes

Details of the Bindings

As with all of Richard Tuttle’s pieces, this is a one of a kind binding that captures the spirit of the book and returns us to a time when books were beautiful to display as well as read. In a world of mediocrity and mass produced books, he believes important literary works are special and should be treasured and passed on to future generations.

The books have been rebound by Richard Tuttle in a combination of green velvet and cowhide sale leather covered boards with “Tara 1 and Tara 2” on a paper label affixed to the spine. One of Richard Tuttle’s many talents is that of a master carpenter. To house the books he has created a spectacular case/sculpture made of various woods that serve as a beautiful display piece for the books. The binding and case sculpture were done in 2012.

Each book measures 11.5” x 8”

Details of the Book

This is a two volume edition of Margaret Mitchell’s masterwork “Gone with the Wind” published by the Heritage Press in 1968. The books are printed in double column and feature 11 color plates in Volume 1 and 10 color plates in volume 2 by John Groth. The introduction was written by Henry Steele Commager. The internals of the books are in FINE condition.

Artist Statement

Included with the book is a signed artist statement by Richard Tuttle on the making of “Gone with the Wind”.

About Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle is a painter, writer, graphic designer, carpenter, bookbinder and lover of literature. For the past 20 years, he has combined his many interests to create one of a kind works of art that merge the written word with fine leather, paper, paint, wood and veneer.  These original book bindings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and were featured in a PBS documentary on the Chicago Art beat. Richard describes his work as follows:  “I make literary artifacts. They are designed to pull books down off the shelf and display them in the salon, gallery or home as if they were works of art, which, of course, they are. Whether binding books with leather, paper, paint, wood, and found artifacts or building sculptures to encase the volumes, I seek to find a perspective that shouts out a piece of the essence of the literary work. I try to put myself in the author's or character's mind to say something about the time it was written in; the attitude that is explored and expressed; the magic that makes it a work of art. While I obviously respect and admire the books I work on, the humor, wit and raw energy I find so attractive in their works leads me to places that some might call disrespectful, but are, for me, essential parts of these literary works. Motivated by Marcel Duchamp's attempts to elevate the object into art and William Blake's efforts to remake his world and James Joyce's efforts to include all culture and all action in one whole: Motivated by the ongoing conversation of Jazz musicians between its earliest practitioners and its most avante garde practitioners: Motivated by the great world library of "what we are" as extolled by Jorge Luis Borges: Motivated by the desire to live in a world that is conscious of itself and conscious of its ability to create itself: I create these art objects out of books in order be surrounded by a physical environment that reflects the world of ideas I want to live in.”

Additional Images

Photographs of the book as well as the display piece appear in the photo section of the listing.