Heaven on Earth: Explorations into the Wilderness by John Muir
Illustrations by Charles D. Jones
Published by Press Intermezzo, Austin, Texas
Unique Full Leather Exhibition Binding by Constance Wozny
Binding Details: Designed and executed in 2006, the binding is full rust goat leather over boards featuring leather onlays which are feathered to symbolize leaves falling on the front and rear covers. The front cover has black lines with the title stamped in red foil. A hand drawn design by Constance Wozny appears on the top page edges and the endpapers were designed by Kathryn Radcliff. The book is housed in a clamshell box with paper designed by Kathryn Radcliff and internally the box is lined on the left with Kathryn Radcliff designed paper and the right side in suede leather.
The binding was selected for inclusion in the 35th Annual Exhibition for The Hand Bookbinders of California held in November, 2007.
The book measures approximately 8.25” x 6” and has been signed by Constance Wozny on the last page.
Book Details: Published in 1988 by Press Intermezzo, Austin, Texas, Heaven on Earth: Explorations into the Wilderness is a collection of essays providing a broad view of the natural phenomena influential to the development and evolution of the majestic landscapes of the West. In a series of investigative explorations from the glaciers of Alaska, through the Sierras, and down to the Grand Canyon, naturalist John Muir reveals the extraordinary workings of nature--glaciation, storms, wildlife, streams and lake formation, forestation, erosion, and cataclysms--as they conjoin in sublime harmony to shape some of the most magnificent expanses of wilderness on Earth. Printed on letterpress using Hahnemühle Schiller, mouldmade paper, the book features wood engraved illustrations by Texas artist Charles D. Jones
About the Artist: Constance Wozny has been a bookbinder for over 18 years and her creations are widely exhibited in various exhibitions and juried shows in the United States, France, England, Australia, and Tokyo. Her bindings are included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions ranging from the Special Collections Department of the Chicago Main Library to the University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor. She holds a degree in Marketing from Eastern Kentucky University and has studied with many notable book artists and fine binders including Tini Miura, Monique Lallier, Dominic Riley, and Don Ethington. Her artistic works have been featured in book art exhibition venues locally, nationally and internationally as well as in several book art publications. Her studio is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Condition Report: Both the book and clamshell box are in FINE condition with some very minor surface wear to the boards.
Photographs of the binding, clamshell box, and some contents from the book appear in the photo section of the listing.