Kent, Rockwell; Colin Urbina [binder].
Voyaging Southward from the Strait of Magellan [Art Binding].
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1924/1968. Revised Edition. Hardcover. "Kent's account of refitting a boat and the difficult journey he has at the southern tip of south america is beautifully illustrated in his trademark style. The binding design is meant to evoke both the rigging on a sailboat and the heading lines on older navigational charts. The golden ratio and the book's structure are used to generate the geometry. The leather onlays and grain manipulation are patterned after the changing colors of the ocean and the wood inlays are teak, a wood used in shipbuilding for millennia. Growing up as a sailor I knew I wanted to sew this book on raised cords, which is so reminiscent of sailing not just in the sense of ropes and rigging, but also in the very act of sewing a book on a traditional wooden sewing frame, which creaks with tension like a mast. The lines on the covers are anchored by those raised cords, bringing part of the structure of the book into the decoration. Sailing from one port to another can be, for a large part of the time, very boring, and it gave me a long time to look and marvel at the water all around, and the changing patterns of wind lines and waves. This book is inspired by that nature and forces that are only apparent to human sight when they act upon something else." [Artists statement]. Fine in Fine Archival Box. Item #9165 Tight, bright, and unmarred. Blue goatskin, various colored goatskin onlays, teak inlays, grain manipulation, hand sewn silk endbands, marbled endpapers, blind tooling. 4to.