A Golden Thread: The Minotaur

A Contemporary Illumination
NEW LIVRE D’ARTISTE, Text by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Design, artwork and letterpress printing by artist Mindy Belloff
Edition of 35, 50-pages, 14.5″ x 11″ c. 2017

In progress, is a new tour de force edition from Intima Press, for release January 2018.  This livre d’artiste focuses on the classic Greek tragedy of Theseus, the brave son of King Aegeus, who ventures into Daedalus’ labyrinth with his gilded sword at the ready, and a silken thread in hand held by the heroine, Ariadne, who awaits at the entrance to the maze.

Each page is beautifully composed of multiple press runs.  With inspiration from historic illuminated manuscripts, the pages are adorned with hand drawn initial caps, ornate borders with hand painting, lively calligrams, and original illustrations.  Elegantly typeset in Adobe Garamond with additional type faces, the text comes alive, as it gradually becomes larger and more animated with each page, as Theseus bravely winds his way through the dreaded labyrinth to confront the bull-headed monster.

The pages are printed on lush cotton rag paper with deckled fore edge.  The story unfolds on ivory colored pages, which darken to tan as our hero enters the mizmaze, and transitions to bright white as he emerges victorious.  Additional writing includes quotes of Carl Jung and text from Lorem Ipsum.

Quarter leather binding by Celine Lombardi, inside gold cloth clamshell box. Cotton rag papers made by St. Armand Paperie. 

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