By Air

BY AIR: original text in a fine binding.

BY AIR: Priscilla Spitler binding.

Structurally, this is a traditional laced-on boards binding covered in Hewits goatskin leather, but much of the imagery has been created by non-traditional methods. Prior to covering the boards, the leather was decorated with stencilled acyrlic paint, while other designs, such as the letters and airplane shadow, were made by heat setting cut-outs of stamping foils. The airplane itself is executed as a traditional leather onlay with gold tooling around the edges. The title is hand tooled title on spine.

Size (closed): 7-3/4 x 11-5/8 inches.

Title page for Title page.

Text for By Air was created by the binder and tells a story of the dangers of early airmail flight. By the close of the 20th century, airmail is dubbed “snail mail”. The handwritten letter becomes an endangered species keeping company with the ghost pilots who once flew the mail. Pages painted with acrylic paste paper technique with collage imagery and hand set text printed on a Kensol stamper. One of a kind book and binding by Priscilla Spitler, 2003.

Following are a few of the pages from the book.

By Air opening text. The handwritten letter.
A Bleriot monoplane delivers the first letter.
The brave pilots who flew the mail.

They flew the mail in all weather conditions.

Lindbergh jumps.Socially correct airmail.
Worldwide mail.Over the Sahara.Mail in cyberspace.

BY AIR was exhibited in the retrospective part of GBW Centennial exhibition (opening September 2006, at the Grolier Club, NYC). It was originally seen in the recent GBW 2003-2005 Trienniel exhibition featuring the theme In Flight.

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