Width: 98mm (3¾")
Height: 140mm (5½")
Depth: 26mm (1")
|Interior Language||English International|
|Date Range||January 2021 – December 2021|
|Page Count||160 Pages|
|GSM (paper weight)||100
Our Daphnis & Chloe design replicates a book binding containing a 1910 French edition of the story of the two eponymous characters. Written in the 2nd century AD in Greece, Daphnis & Chloe had lingered in obscurity for a long time before being published in a vernacular French translation by Jacques Amyot in 1559. After the story of two innocent lovers and the hurdles they overcame was introduced to European audiences, it entered the Western literary canon. Apart from being published and adapted for stage and film, the tale of Daphnis and Chloe has become a common source of influence in literature and art, including The Princess Bride.
The publication that became the basis of this Paperblanks design was bound by Émile-Philippe Mercier. This binding belongs to a classic tradition of adorning book covers with intricate patterns and patent symmetry as key elements. Unlike many bookbinders of the time, who were taking their cues from experimental artists and their novel forms of expression, Mercier stayed loyal to old principles. The central panel and outer frame of the design feature small details and delicate precision which are contrasted with the heavy, solid gilt tooling. In fact, for many years Mercier supplied all the gilt work for another esteemed bookbinder, Cuzon, gaining a mass of specialized experience. No wonder then that, once he started his own bookbinding business, it was his expert gilt tooling that earned him especially high praise.
With its muted gilding and rich inlay ornamentation, this design is steeped in a sense of majesty and splendour. The colours we have chosen are our homage to the courageous lovers and their romantic relationship. The dark teal of the Chloe cover evokes a sense of the Mediterranean region, one of the settings in the original story. It also evokes popular decorative colours of the era when the French translation was published – a time when Europe was experiencing a cultural rebirth that originated in Italy. Associated with a sense of dignity, wisdom and mystery, with which Chloe faced adversity, purple was our choice of colour for the design’s details.
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