Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fine Bindings of La Prose du Transsibérien
NBSS, 150 North Street, Boston MA 02109

La Prose du Transsibérien

Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fine Bindings of La Prose du Transsibérien

February 21 - April 30, 2020

Free and open to the public weekdays 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am-2:00 pm, and by appointment.

The remarkable book by poet Blaise Cendrars and artist Sonia Delaunay, La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France, was produced by letterpress and pochoir in 1913. It was a landmark achievement for its time with its unprecedented format, avant-garde typography and abstract imagery, and remains vibrant and modern today.

Kitty Maryatt of Two Hands Press has been researching the production of La Prose du Transsibérien since 2012. In 2018, she debuted a new edition of 150 copies, which faithfully incorporates techniques and methods used in the original. The exhibition includes her recreation, plus fine bindings by notable design binders from around the world commissioned by Maryatt and her underwriters.

The exhibition will feature the work of twenty-four design binders, including Don Glaister, Monique Lallier, Midori Kunikata-Cockram, Samuel Feinstein BB '12, Erin Fletcher BB '12, and Julian Thomas. Tools, materials, and supplemental material used in the creation of Maryatt's edition of La Prose will also be on display.

Special Events

Exhibit Opening Reception | Friday, February 21 (by invitation only).

Introduction to Traditional French Pochoir Workshop
Taught by Kitty Maryatt
Hosted by the New England Guild of Bookworkers

Saturday, February 29 & Sunday, March 1, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register Here

Lecture & Maker Talk
With Exhibitors Erin Fletcher BB '12 and Sue Doggett
Thursday, April 9, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Bookbinding Program