Karen Hanmer

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Title: The Life of Gen. Francis Marion 

The Life of Gen. Francis Marion 

The Life of Gen. Francis Marion


The Life of Gen. Francis Marion, a Celebrated Partisan Officer in the Revolutionary War Against the British and Tories in South Carolina and Georgia by Brig. Gen. P. Horry and M.L. Weems | bound by artist in 2016 | $3500

Philadelphia: Joseph Allen, 1856.

Full goatskin binding with backpared onlays, tooling and hand-titling in blind, three-color hand-sewn endbands and three edges sprinkled in three colors of acrylic. Marbled endpapers by Pamela Smith.

7.5 x 4.5 x 1”

This binding was created for an exhibit in Charleston, SC. As a Midwesterner unfamiliar with the area, I inquired about local icons and incorporated several: an antiquarian text block on the local Revolutionary War hero “The Swamp Fox” decorated with South Carolina’s palmetto motif, on a background of the once ubiquitous “Charleston green.”