Julie B. Stackpole

Thomaston, Maine 
Julie B. Stackpole's has studied bookbinding with Kathryn Gerlach in Vermont, 1972-74; at the Centro del Bel Libro at Ascona, Switzerland, 1974; at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London, 1974-75; and with Roger Powell in Hampshire, England, in 1975. She established a bindery on Nantucket Island that year, and has worked in Thomaston, Maine, since 1985.

Example Binding: 
Mark Twain. 
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Wood engravings by Harry Brockway.
London: The Folio Society, 1993.

Full leather tight-joint style binding. Fine grain dark blue goatskin "sky" across top of binding; spine and part of both boards covered in navy blue Niger goatskin, with induced wrinkles signifying the river; rest of boards covered in dark green Niger goatskin with blind linoleum-cut embossings, signifying the land. Title tooled in curves down the spine in blind. Colored top edge. Marbled paper endpapers by the binder, with leather hinges. Sewn on flattened cords, hollow spine; worked silk headbands.

Design Description: 
Stackpole's design places the emphasis on the river, which serves as both the background to the story and almost as one of the characters, since all of the action takes place either on it or along its shores. She will portray the river at night, because Huck and Jim traveled at night and laid up during the day. Twain described the starry sky beautifully, and this suggested the semi-abstract binding.

Dark blue Niger goatskin to portray the river, with the spine grain on the spine of the book, flowing down the center of the binding from a distant horizon line where the river meets the sky. Dark green Niger goatskin emphasizing the contours of the shore. Leafy treescape  suggested with blind linoleum-cut embossings, title tooled with hand letters in blind, curving down the spine so that it also becomes part of the currents of the river. Spanish moss handmade paper endpapers and sewn "frayed cords" for a smooth spine. Tight back; worked headbands in blues; a colored top edge.

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