A second post about my recently published book TEXTILIA LINNAEANA – Global 18th Century Textile Traditions & Trade, will focus on the artistic and skilled craft behind this hand-bound volume and give a brief overview of the book launch at Majgren’s Bookbindery in Copenhagen. The 520 page monograph was printed in an edition of 350 numbered copies only; including a cloth bound hard cover, coloured edges, headband and a silk bookmark. Some stages of the production are half-mechanised, but many of the steps are based on bookbinding by hand after long-established traditions. I am delighted that the price can be kept as low as possible – or comparably priced to machine-bound books of this size – due to that the IK Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and the book project has received contributions from several foundations.

This volume has a high-quality cloth bound hard cover – and the bookbinders have used hot stamping of gold foil by hand for the title, author’s name, decorations etc. (Photo: Lars Hansen, The IK Foundation, London, United Kingdom).

Anders Sparrman’s chapter covers twenty-five pages, mainly concentrating on textile observations from his journey between 1772 to 1776 in southernmost Africa and as a botanical assistant etc on James Cook’s second circumnavigation. The text about Sparrman also includes two new handmade bark cloth samples from Tonga, just as his own editions of 1802 and 1818 were added with similar genuine samples. (Photo: Lars Hansen, The IK Foundation, London, United Kingdom).

The decorative red-edging of the pages reflects the design throughout the book and this specially adapted colour was painted before the book got its cloth bound cover in the bookbinding process. The yellow silk bookmark is reflecting the colour of the headband. (Photo: Lars Hansen, The IK Foundation, London, United Kingdom).

The volume is richly illustrated with 220 images, including reproductions of original 18th century sample books and black/white detailed plates. Here illustrated with the first double-page of Carl Linnaeus’ two chapters covering over 100 pages – observations of raw materials, textiles, manufacturing, handicraft, trade, clothing and natural dyes from the 1730s to the 1770s. (Photo: Lars Hansen, The IK Foundation, London, United Kingdom).

The last page of the book – Colophon – shows the unique number of each book for this limited edition. The photographed example is number 6 of 350 copies. (Photo: Lars Hansen, The IK Foundation, London, United Kingdom).

A second angle of the cloth bound cover, displays the fine bookbindery craft on the spine. (Photo: Lars Hansen, The IK Foundation, London, United Kingdom).

200 of the 350 numbered copies at the bookbinders in Copenhagen in late February 2017 – pre-ordered and ordered books ready for shipping. (Photo: Gregers Knudsen, Majgren’s Bogbinderi a/s, København, Denmark).

Mingling at the book launch on 2nd March, we all enjoyed a lovely buffet served by the bookbinders Gregers Knudsen and Kim Larsen. (Photo: Lars Hansen, The IK Foundation, London, United Kingdom). At Majgren’s Bookbinders, København, March 2, 2017.

The keynote speech was focused on how I more than ten years ago got the idea, to write a book about the 1730s to 1790s textile observations by Carl Linnaeus and his seventeen “Apostles”. Together with the wide range of printed and visual sources, physical objects, extensive fieldwork and experimental textile work with natural dyes used for this publication. (Photo: Lars Hansen, The IK Foundation, London, United Kingdom.) At Majgren’s Bookbinders, København, March 2, 2017.

 

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– This is a not-for-profit project/publication. Please order a copy of the volume or recommend the monograph to your librarian, colleagues and friends.

 

More information about the book: In case you missed this earlier post ‘Sample Pages: Textilia Linnaeana – Global 18th Century Textile Traditions & Trade’, TEXTILIS (February 13, 2017).

Sources:
– Hansen, Viveka, Textilia Linnaeana – Global 18th Century Textile Traditions & Trade, London 2017.
– Majgren’s Bogbinderi, Esplanaden 34 B, 1263, København K, Denmark. Website.