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    [Paul Delrue, bookbinder]. William Shakespeare. The Sonnets. London: The Folio Society, 1947.

    Specially bound edition by Paul Delrue. Twelvemo. 154 pages plus Index of First Lines and binder's signature in pencil on a rear flyleaf.

    Unique lacunose binding by Paul Delrue achieved in 1995, encompassing a waved collage pattern of various shades of green tooled leather and leather inlays artfully applied with a black tooled circular relief design utilized in parts. Red leather inlay strips outline the interior design of the binding, which appears to be an abstract representation of two figures intertwined. A simply sumptuous custom binding. Endpapers echo the design of the binding and are signed in print by the binder on the front pastedown. Housed in a complementary green cloth slipcase with leather laid into the interior of the box, with an artfully executed eye-like cartouche design on the inside front of the case and green leather with a tooled circular relief design on the inside back cover. Slipcase lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine, to which is affixed a red leather title plate. All edges marbled to fit the style of the binding. A fine copy of a fine binding.

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    "Paul Delrue was born in Middlesex in 1944. He bound his first book in 1959 and was an apprentice under John Vivien at University College bindery 1961-64, where he worked until 1971. [...] Paul became a Fellow of the Society of Bookbinders in 1981 having founded the Chester and North Wales region in 1979 and served as Chairman. He won the Harrison prize for students in 1964, was elected a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders in 1986 and a Fellow in 1991, having won the Silver Medal and three other awards in book-binding competitions. Paul has exhibited widely, and has bindings in private collections in Britain, Europe, Australia and the USA. He has taught students since 1976 and apprentices since 1983" (Society of Bookbinders).

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