The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table


The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
Illustrated by Mark Smith
Introduced by Ian Thomson
Translated from the Italian by Raymond Rosenthal
230mm x 175mm x 25mm
Folio Society 2011
Bound 2012
Friends of The John Rylands Library Prize for Finishing.
Private Collection



TECHNIQUE
Unsupported link stitch with a Fraynot hinge attachment. Secondary sewing. Fair goat painted with aniline and spirit leather dyes. Foil stencil work. Black line and foil tooling. Onlays. 

Painted and stencil printed flyleaves and doublures. Acrylic wash with foil tooling to the edges. End bands are part tooled leather and silk sewn.

DESIGN
The flame appears quite frequently throughout the text either in its symbolic form as light and hope or as a prospector or chemist’s aid. I have taken the flame form and have simplified and abstracted it.

The flame will react and change colour depending on the chemical or metal that it is introduced to. These colours are represented within the design.