Ladislav R. Hanka. Remembering Jan Bohuslav Sobota. Kalamazoo, Michigan.: Ladislav R. Hanka, 2012.
The design is inspired by Ladislav Hanka’s powerful and beautiful engravings and the story, which many bookbinders had never heard fully before, about Jan Sobota. I used to believe that it was terribly sad when someone died and had not been able to do all the things they had hoped to achieve in their lifetime. Now I believe it would be sad if one had finished the list. This is represented in the spring and autumn leaves and the cycle of the beginning of life rather than the end of one.
The binding structure is one that I have been playing around with for more than twenty years. It is simple, basic, and I love that the text can be removed at any time with no damage to the paper or binding. This is the most recent variation of this structure in that there is a full leather spine and the sewing is not visible. It provides the book with the flat opening of the hollow tube and the solid structure of a tight back. The binding is composed of various goatskins with an alum tawed goatskin inner spine. The onlays are of various leathers applied to the surface and then back pared before the inner lining is attached. Headbands are leather and the rivets are gold tooled. Pamela Smith marbled endpapers are utilized and Twinrocker handmade paper leaves have been sewn in with the text at the very end of the volume.