To the City of London – a river stanza by William Dunbar

To the City of London

To the City of London by William Dunbar
Illustrations of London bridges engraved on wood by Hellmuth Weissenborn
Incline Press, 2003
122 x 157 x 15mm
Bound 2010
Sold. Private Collection.

Concertina binding. Hand dyed and distressed natural goatskin. Foil finishing. Hand printed papers. Text and images (originally a single broadside) trimmed and lined with Japanese paper (due to grain direction going across the page). 

Housed in a petrol blue cloth box with navy blue Suedel linings and red ribbon.

I decided to use the River Thames as the subject matter for the design. It was perfect for this style of binding. The Thames creeps over the distressed leather boards, the foil tooling represents different aspects of the city: parks, walkways, roundabouts, buildings and the bridges, abstracted and peppered across the river.