Limited edition of 158 numbered and signed copies in English.
Paper: artistic laid paper; colour: chamois and ecru
Hand-binding: leather, with gold tooled adornments, leather or wooden inlays and onlays, embossings and other own techniques
Graphics: paintings of Henri Rousseau
Graphic design: Urszula Kurtiak
Idea of this edition: Edward Ley
English edition (Polish edition published separately)
Copies from 1 to 35 have an innovative form of a frame-book (registered in the Patent and Trademark Office RP no W119400).
Some of the copies have artistic bindings with leather or wooden inlays and onlays.
The rest of the copies have leather bindings.
Size of the book in the frame: approx. 45 x 45 cm (17 x 17 in)
Size of the book: approx. 17,5 x 17,5 cm (7 x 7 in)
What is the most important value in the world? What can change history, make people happy, make people overwhelmed by sorrow and can be an inspiration to human activity? Twain took this metaphor from a biblical story about the creation of the world. He wrote this story with a peculiar sense of humour. In his text he described how the first mighty feeling of love in the world was born. The meeting of the first people on earth i.e. the first man and woman taken from an extract of a literary diary is a special occasion to show us the mental subtle features which distinguish women and men since the existence of the human race. Those features are a source of confusion as well as mutual fascination of both men and women. Mark Twain’s perception and his subtle and witty language ensures a delightful and fascinating reading.
A well known author with his extraordinary story needed a unique binding. This sophisticated binding demanded a special form, materials and technique as well as a luxury frame. The book was printed on artistic laid paper and leather hand-bound. Copies from 1 to 35 have an innovative form of a frame-book (registered design W119400). Characteristic of this type of book is a scrupulously made wooden frame, which, together with the book, create an inimitable work of art. It can function as both: a painting and a book. It can be hung on the wall and contemplated. However, only the owner knows the secret, how to take the book out of the frame and how to put it back. The success of this concept has been demonstrated by the nine awards which are as follows:
6. Product of Koszalin 2012
7. Golden Medal on Poznań International Fair 2013
8. Golden Medal – Consumers’ Choice on Poznań International Fair 2014
9. Renoma 2014
Our edition consists of Adam’s memories printed on excellent yellowy and coarse-like paper, as well as Eve’s memories printed on counterposing white vellum and sophisticated paper reflecting her personality. Henri Rousseau’s paintings were used as illustrations to this entertaining story, as if he had had a feeling that they would play such an elaborate role: on the one hand, full of life and exuberant and on the other hand, just like Twain’s book, flippant and playful. Every copy of the first 35 books was designed individually and every design was used only once and became an innovation – a book-painting.