Cloth binding for Gray’s ‘Silverpoints’

Charles Ricketts


Cloth with gilt overlays

8½ x 4½ inches

The radical aspect of this design and of the book as a whole is its narrow shape - a format repeated within in the treatment of the text, which is surrounded by a wide margin. Ricketts's pattern epitomizes the minimalism of his Art Nouveau design. As in other books, the title is consigned to a small area, privileging the decorative effect of the gilt motifs and conveying the idea of the book as art rather than literature. Perhaps Ricketts's most delicate work, and certainly his most famous and prized.

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  • Art Nouveau
  • Photograph and text by Simon Cooke

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