Karen Hanmer

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Gallery: Science & Technology

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Title: The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff


The Right Stuff | bound by artist in 2011 | $3500

by Tom Wolfe; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; New York; 1979; first edition

French technique full goatskin binding with laced-in boards. Edge-to-edge goatskin doublures, suede flyleaves. Goatskin backpared and cushioned onlays, some laser-printed; some areas sprinkled with gold leaf. Graphite and gold-sprinkled edges, hand sewn silk headbands.

8.5 x 5.5 x 1.75"

Design inspired by Wolfe’s notion of single combat warriors battling the Cold War in the heavens on behalf of the US and USSR. Further inspiration from space-themed advertising of the era. Various patriotic and space race icons from the US and USSR portrayed as constellations, planets and spacecraft.