The Bindings of Anker Kyster
published in the
International Studio in 1901
The name of Anker Kyster is not unfamiliar to lovers of artistic bookbindings : in fact, he has many friends both in Europe and America. The following illustrations show some of his latest work, which can only Serve to further enhance his reputation as a craftsman of great skill.
The binding of "Shakespeare's Poems" (designed by Th. Bindesboll) is a darkish brown, with pale-blue and yellow ornamentation laid in, the lines being done in gold. Morris's "Love is Enough" (designed by Th, Bindesboll) is claret-coloured. with green leaves and pale-blue flowers.
Dobson's " Proverbs in Porcelain " (designed by Th. Bindesboll) is pale-blue, with yellow and pink flowers, the remarkably well-designed ornamentation being in gold. The cover for the cleverly illustrated Danish book, "Troldtoj" ("Witchery"), designed by Professor A. Jerndorff, is a binding of quite unusual artistic and decorative merit, harmonising entirely with the weirdness of the book and its illustrations. It gives one a distinct impression of something uncanny, something threatening, and the excellence of the brown, black, a sombre dark-blue, and a stale or steel-coloured grey, into which penetrate flashes of a yellowish-red or orange, colouring forms a worthy sequel to the ingenuity and the originality of the design. The colours are dark brown, black, a sombre dark-blue, and a stale or steel-coloured grey, into which penetrate flashes of a yellowish-red or orange, the whole forming a peculiarly striking cover. G. B.