In 2010, Annette Friedrich bound Ovid’s Elegies and Epigrams of Sir John Davies by Ovid and Sir John Davies with woodcut illustrations by John Nash. This is one of my favorite bindings of Annette’s due to the rich, vibrant colors and the contrast between the smooth tooled lines and the textural grain of the leather.
Bound as a full leather binding in yellow levent goatskin. Tooling on the covers is done in three shades of grey and silver. The spine is divided into three segments by crosses tooled in pink; the title is centered in between the crosses in silver. Matching leather joints and endpapers are light blue. The fine binding is housed by a chemise and slipcase covered in the same yellow goatskin and blue-grey and purple hand-dyed papers.
This binding is held in a private collection in Southall, United Kingdom.
In addition, Annette sent along this image of herself tooling the spine of Ovid’s Elegies during the sweltering heat.