Le Grande Meaulnes by Alain Fournier

Le Grande Meaulnes

Le Grande Meaulnes by Alain Fournier
Illustrated by Laura Carlin
Folio Society 2008
155 x 225 x 36 mm
Bound 2009
Sold. John Rylands Library Collection, Manchester


Unsupported link stitch with a Fraynot hinge board attachments. Secondary sewing. Double, leather core silk end bands. Edges hand painted. Dyed natural goatskin with multiple onlays. Foil hand finishing. Dyed goatskin leather joints. Hand printed end papers and edge-to-edge doublures using Zerkall 145gsm.

Finished with a shellac based bookbinding varnish. Book comes with a full cloth drop back box lined with Suedel. Leather label.


The design captures the briefest of moments within the story but one that I think is significant. The protagonist, Meaulnes, steals a horse and cart with the idea of picking up some people from the train station but he very soon realises that he is unable to control the horse and proceeds in getting lost. They speed through the countryside and forests at great speeds until they eventually come to a stop, exhausted and lost. It’s at this point that Meaulnes’ life changes forever.  

I wanted to encapsulate that transitional moment onto the cover; the blur of the forests and the fragmented landscape.