Friday, August 7, 2015

Not for the Folk

Jeweled binding to Selected Poems of Robert Burns Robert Burns, the Ploughman Poet, the national hero of Scotland, the bringer of Scottish folk culture to the world, done up in about as fancy a dress as you can imagine. This copy of Selections from Burns was executed in an edition of one with every feature handcrafted by the firm of Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The colophon reads:
This "Selections from Robert Burns" has been written out and illuminated on vellum and illustrated with six original hand painted Miniatures. By Sangorski and Sutcliffe of 1-5 Poland St. London. And will not be duplicated.
Painted miniature from Selected Poems of Robert Burns
From the moment you pull it out of its silk lined box, you know you are in for a treat. The cover, morocco leather with a gold-leaf floral pattern, is studded with gemstones. The flyleaves are silk covered and all of the text is in manuscript on rich vellum. The six miniatures are exquisite depictions of key scenes in the poems. It is so beautiful and precious, you forget to read the text.

Page spread from Selected Poems of Robert Burns
Alas, no humble ploughman would have been able to afford this one. Made to be a treasured item for a select few, we open it to the public--to take a look, ask for Bindings 243.

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