Forrest Jackson

Dallas, Texas 
Forrest Jackson started bookbinding at the Craft Guild of Dallas in 1997 and since has pursued fine binding, conservation, and restoration. He has taught beginning restoration classes at the Craft Guild and the Edgemere Retirement Community. Jackson’s work can be seen at Rosedale Rare Books inside the Jackson Armory in Snider Plaza (University Park, Texas).

Example Binding: 
Rodney Perkins and Forrest Jackson. 
Cosmic Suicide: the Tragedy and Transcendence of Heaven’s Gate
Dallas, Texas: Pentaradial Press, 1997.

Full purple goatskin with black and silver leather onlays. Blind-tooled title on spine. Platinum-tooled stars and Hale-Bopp Comet with UFOs on the front board. In the recessed center is a glow-in-the-dark alien reminiscent of that worshiped by the Heaven’s Gate suicide cult, painted by David F. Hanson.

Design Description: 
The design for Borges’ Ficciones is suggested by the mysterious encyclopedia described in “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.” The volume number is a hint from the infinite “Library of Babel.” English fine binding in full yellow goatskin with recessed onlays of black, silver and blue leather. The blind-tooled title and conservative decorations on the spine are evocative of early twentieth-century encyclopedias. The platinum-tooled phrase “Orbis Tertius” is complemented by three spheres. The hollow-back binding also features sewn silk headbands and marbled endpapers by Catherine Levine.

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