The Pencil

The Pencil - cover spread

The Pencil – cover spread

by Henry Petroski
Alfred A. Knopf, 1990

Bound by Eric Alstrom

Dimensions: 9 3/8″ x 5″ x 1 5/8″

Description: Publisher’s binding rebound in full-leather with leather onlays. Blind-tooled title and decoration. Adhesive bound in the round with false shoulders added. Hahnemule gray end sheets. Leather endbands. Bound using three-part Bradel binding with hollow.

The Pencil - original sewing

The Pencil – original sewing

Artist’s Statement: A book over 20 years in the making. I purchased this book as a gift to my “Master” when I was serving my bookbinding apprenticeship. A false start of overcasting on raised bands made me put the project aside when I realized I didn’t know what to do next. On my Master’s retirement, I pulled out the book, still didn’t know what to do, so I chopped off the spine and adhesive bound it. I had help with the design, leather onlays showing the subject of the book, from my daughters.

In private collection.

The Pencil - endband detail

The Pencil – endband detail


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