JHK/ [Paper-Re-Making] Book No. (55) One from seven. [Handbound & handmade book by J. H. Kocman; produced from 7 other books.].

Kocman, J. H. ( Book artist & bookbinder)

Editorial: [Handmade by J. H. Kocman in spring 1987]. With typed, signed identification slip., 1987
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An inserted, 6 x 4" typed slip, signed in pencil by Kocman, reads: "JHK/ Book No. (55) One from seven [list of 7 books pulped to produce paper for this book:] 1. Rozmluvy cesko-chorvatsko-italske, 1913 2. Funke-Lipold's Natur-u. Kunstlexikon, V. Bnd, 6 Heft 3. Tetmajer: Z velikeho domu, Praha 4. Riedl: Srdecni choroby, Praha, 1939 5. Nemec: V zaslibene zemi a na pude Africke, 1916 6. Krejci: Branka do literatury, Praha, 1917 7. Theer: Faethon, Polygrafie, Brno, 1922. These seven book[-s were] crushed by grinding in water; from this pulp hand-made paper sheets were made; from these sheets my book no. (55) was bound. Approx. size: 19 x 13 cm Binding in brown leather Hand made by J. H. Kocman in spring 1987 Signed by a blind stamp [JHK in an oval + -09-] on the last page of the end paper" [upper right corner, back paste down]. [signed] JH K. Size of binding: 7 x 9 1/4", contains 42 unnumbered leaves of his specially produced, "re-made" gray-toned, thick, deckle-edged paper, with small bits of Czech, or other language texts (from the 7 ground-up books mentioned above) visible, & sheet #40 shows mounted portions of titlepages of Czech books "pulped" to produce a later book ( No. -09-). Bound with thick, heavy boards covered in a dark brown, roughly-brushed, suede-type leather, with several, darker, transverse, angular lines running across both covers, formed from joining the leather together. In fine condition. A few words by Jiri Valoch about Kocman's experiments in bookbinding & papermaking (slightly edited): “In the year 1979 Kocman’s interest in paper takes the form of his own production of hand-made paper – it is his aim to enliven the traditional way of hand [made] paper production as [an] original ‘art’ category, which he called paper re-making. (By the way: such a conception is near to the understanding of hand [made]paper in Japanese culture). Gradually, he accentuates the various aspects of paper creation and at last he ranges the process of its rise into further semantic contexts [sic]. First he produced hand [made]paper from original raw materials which were soaked in water and ground on [in a] mixer into a water suspension, after adding glue, the paper pulp was put in layers on a felt base, on which the size of the sheet is limited by a frame. The sheet thus gained is pressed to remove the surplus water and dried by air. The result[s] of this work are individual variants of hand [made] paper; analogously, as in [Kocman’s] first bookbinding experiments the results had been the ‘fulfilment and non-fulfilment’ of the rules of bookbinding; thereby, the author [Kocman] is interested in the visual and the haptic [tactile] qualities of the created sheets, their micro-structure and the lyrical character of the detail[s] (this interest has been one of the constants of Kocman’s work for more than ten years now [1980]). In controlling the possibilities of technology, he used as raw material cuttings of hand[made]paper from Velke Losiny, later he emphasized the specific characteristics of the various kinds of paper by [using] some component (Cotton and Flax Paper), which changed their visual or haptic quality. Tea papers were made by mixing tea leaves into the paper pulp and they thus created a document of the author’s private relation to tea (similarly ‘Tobacco Paper’ resulted from a stimulus that allowed him to materialize his own relation to the personality of Josef Vachal). Later he became interested in the transformations of machine papers – he ground beautiful Ingres papers and remade them into ‘Hand-[made]Ingres’. His work with printed paper then led to the destruction of printed texts, [books] to their disintegration into words, syllables, letters or their fragments – here not only the matter [material] of the paper is transformed, but also the text, which in the newly created sheets of hand [made] paper forms a kind of chance ‘three-dimensional collage'.". N° de ref. de la librería ABE-162260438

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Título: JHK/ [Paper-Re-Making] Book No. (55) One ...

Editorial: [Handmade by J. H. Kocman in spring 1987]. With typed, signed identification slip.

Año de publicación: 1987

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro: Fine

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