5 December 2006
[ALLIX, Susan, illustrator]. ALBERTI, Leon Battista. On Painting. London: Susan Allix, 1999.
4o. Illustrated by Susan Allix using a variety of etching techniques including aquatint, drypoint, mezzotint and corborundum, together with watercolor and pencil. Bound by Susan Allix in brown goatskin, covers with applied abstract elements of dyed goatskin, uncut.
LIMITED EDITION, number 17 of 22 copies signed by Allix. Five or six years in the making, Allix's book encorporates a variety of her techniques, according to Hugh Worthy's profile in the Rare Book Review. "Here she has retranslated Alberti's text from the Tuscan as well as making every element of the book. She refers me to an illustration that looks to me like a simple perspective study. This, she tells me, was created using the notoriously complex rules of perspective described by Alberti. 'While I was making it I kept on throwing it away. It wasn't right. Then suddenly it all resolved itself very quickly,' she says.
"The subject of perspective brings her onto the peculiarities of the book format. 'What is extraordinary about the book,' she begins, 'is how it can capture and describe space and time.'"
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
John Nash’s incredible story was told in the 2001 Oscar-winner, A Beautiful Mind. On 25 October his Nobel Prize for Economics is offered in New York
As Dashiell Hammett first editions are offered in New York, his biographer pays tribute to the crime writer who transformed US literature
Mark Wiltshire, Associate Specialist in Science & Books, walks us through the history of Christianity’s most influential printed text
Our Books and Manuscripts specialists advise on a richly rewarding and ever-evolving collectors’ market
Grant Wood’s double portrait is arguably the USA’s most famous painting, but what does it mean? Andrew Graham-Dixon investigates
The elder brother of Ettore Bugatti, the auto pioneer, spent his days at Antwerp Zoo sculpting its inhabitants. Five of his works are offered in New York in November