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Jeff Clements – The Bird Catcher


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Author: ARMSTRONG, Martin

Published by: Martin Secker, London 1929 – Copy number 258 of 500 SIGNED by the author.

Printed on light brown hand-made paper.

253 x 165 x 20 mm.

Description of binding: Edges minimally trimmed by hand; the text block sewn on five braided tapes; end-leaves of Fabriano 130gsm Roma ‘Guido Reni’ brown hand-made laid paper; the flyleaves lined with mustard yellow suede leather; endbands sewn with grey linen thread over a double core of vellum and nylon.  Covered in Harmatan terra cotta red goat skin over sculptured boards; black rectalinear lines tooled over each cover, with one curved line tooled in grey on each board; feathered onlays of black and white goat skin, with the white onlays traversing both boards and spine.

Binding SIGNED: Jeff Clements, 2010.

Box: Clamshell box with fall-down back, covered in blue acid free Irish Buckram; interior lined with grey acid free felt; titled to the spine on Fabriano hand-made paper.

Binder’s comment on the binding: The author is well known as one of the ‘Georgian’ poets.  Included in the book are serious poems reflecting on the horrors of the First World War.  These are interspersed with pastoral and seasonal poems of a much more gentle and personal nature.

The design depicts two severe black crosses, lightened by  feathered ‘arial’ forms alluding to the passage of time and a solitary figure of a bird in flight.  The total impression is the paradox of freedom of expression on the one hand and ‘the cage’ (title of the last poem) of ‘self-created barren eternity’ on the other.


Binder Profile: Jeff Clements

From 1984 Jeff was Head of the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of the West of England.  He was President of Designer Bookbinders from 1981 to 1983, served on numerous committees throughout the years and created the concept of the firs international conference in bookbinding, ‘Horizons’ in 1984.

In 1988 he moved to The Netherlands and continues to bind, paint and produce designs for books and bindings.

Jeff’s bindings are in most major collections throughout Europe and America, both public and private.  Notable public institutions include the British Library; The John Rylands University Library, Manchester; The Keatley Trust; The National Libraries of The Netherlands, Estonia and also the University Library collections in Canada, the USA, The Netherlands and Great Britain.  A biography appears in The Book Collector vol.25 no. 4, 1976 written by Dorothy Harrop.

In 2007 Jeff was elected to honorary fellowship of the International Society ‘Meister der Einbandkunst’ and in the same year was awarded the MBE for Design and services for Bookbinding.