Bindings in the Spotlight (1)

Image of a James Brockman binding for Goethe's Faust

This year a regular monthly blog post will highlight some of the most interesting book and manuscript bindings in our collection. To begin, we are featuring a beautiful contemporary binding by James Brockman (b. 1946) of the French translation of Johann Goethe’s ‘Faust’ (Kessler.bb.10).  Covered in full maroon Harmatan goatskin, the design has been tooled in gold leaf with toned vellum and goatskin onlays.  The design is inspired by the famous illustration opposite page 15 (see below).  The gold linear tooling suggests wings over the black and red towers.  The other three towers are toned vellum.

Image of a winged man from p. 15 of 'Faust'
Image of a winged man from p. 15 of ‘Faust’