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Rare Books Archives - Kurtiak & Ley

Boccaccio Giovanni – Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio – Decameron

 

Boccaccio’s Decameron is an extraordinary book. It is one of the most famous texts in world literature. Sławomir Chrystow has had been preparing excellent illustrations decorated with real gold for us over the years. The unique leather bindings with inlays, also decorated with 23-carat gold, were made by bookbinding artists in our workshops.

English Edition – 28 numbered copies only.

There is also Arabic and Italian Edition.

The book has a unique format, measures 40 inches wide when opened and is printed on everlasting paper with an unusual texture.

 

Giovanni Boccaccio - Dekameron

Giovanni Boccaccio – Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio - Dekameron

Giovanni Boccaccio – Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio - Dekameron

Giovanni Boccaccio – Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio - Dekameron

Giovanni Boccaccio – Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio - Dekameron

Giovanni Boccaccio – Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio - Dekameron

Giovanni Boccaccio – Decameron

 

 

 Dekameron na Targach Sztuki 24-26 listopada 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Dekameron (Polish Edition) at the Art Fair in Warsaw – November 24-26 2023. This is  technically the most difficult of all the books we have published so far.

 

 

 

 

 

Illustrations hand-gilded with real gold:

Fifth of the original illustrations, hand-gilded with 23-carat gold .

Decameron Boccaccio, fifth of 11 original illustrations hand-gilded with 23-carat gold

Decameron - ninth illustration

Decameron ninth of 11 illustrations

Decameron - tenth illustration

Decameron tenth illustrations

Adam Mickiewicz – Pan Tadeusz (English Edition)

Mickiewicz Adam — Pan Tadeusz or the Last Foray in Lithuania (English Edition)

 

First Bibliophilic Edition – artistic, handmade binding

 

Adam Mickiewicz, Pan Tadeusz in a jewelry binding

Format: 30 x 21,5 cm
Edition: 99 numbered copies
Translation: Kenneth R. Mackenzie
Illustration: Jerzy Kozimor
Limited collector’s edition
Artistic leather binding

 

Pan Tadeusz is the last epic poem in the history of world literature. It can be compared to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Adam Mickiewicz was a genius of poetry just like Chopin of music. If the Nobel Prize had been awarded in those days, the author of Pan Tadeusz would inevitably have received it.

For this reason, he deserves to be more popular. So we published it in English, and it can serve as an excellent gift for English speakers, perfectly spreading Polish culture.

The most important and well-known text in Polish literature was printed on special art paper and hand-bound uniquely in leather and also silver and gemstones. The illustrative layer reflects one of the characteristic features of Poles, which is quarrelsomeness.

Each element of the binding such as the type and color of leather, liners, capitals, bookmarks are carefully selected and executed to achieve a harmonious whole.

 

Books and Gardens

Books and Gardens

 

English Limited Edition

Combines the noble bibliophile tradition, luxury craftsmanship with the latest technologies.

 

We would like to introduce you to Books & Gardens, a personal album by Kurtiak and Ley Publishing House, which is located in a historic palace surrounded by old greenery.
It shows how we brought the historic building back to life, and how we shaped the garden arrangements over 25 years. Comparative photos show the same locations before the planting began and the current state.
This album tells the story of what plants mean to us as our immediate environment, but also as a creative inspiration. This is because we use floral motifs to decorate the bindings of our books using artistic bookbinding techniques.
In this book, we used augmented reality as a bookbinding decoration technique for the first time. In the video from the Books & Gardens AR application, we point out the synergy of the plant world and bees, which have a unique significance for humanity.

Books & Gardens – presentation of augmented reality

An English-language collection of the most interesting and meaningful aphorisms about gardens, supplemented by photographs of the garden of Kurtiak and Ley Publishing House and photos of our publications having floral themes.

The Books & Gardens was published on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the Oxford Botanical Gardens.

 

An artistic edition of <em>Books &amp; Gardens</em>

An artistic edition of Books & Gardens

Rozszerzona rzeczywistość dostępna w książce Books & Gardens

Augmented reality available at Books & Gardens

Books & Gardens is gaining a completely new dimension with a mobile application using augmented reality to experience the unprecedented sensation of bringing the cover to life with spatial animation.

Pokaz możliwości rozszerzonej rzeczywistości w książce Books & Gardens

A demonstration of augmented reality capabilities at Books & Gardens

Książka Books & Gardens ręcznie oprawiona w skórę

Books & Gardens hand-bound in leather

Piękna książka Books & Gardens

Books & Gardens book with beautiful photos

Twain Mark — Adam and Eve’s Diaries

Twain Mark — Adam and Eve’s Diaries

First Bibliophilic Limited Edition with artistic hand-made bindingAdam and Eve's Diaries - Mark Twain - collectible books - rare books - unique leather binding

English Edition

157 numbered copies

Copies from No. 1 to No. 35 in the innovative form of a frame – book.
Format approx. 45 x 45 cm.

 

 

Brilliant for an exceptional wedding gift.

 

Copies from No. 36 to No. 157 in artistic bookbindingAdam and Eve's Diaries - Mark Twain - collectible books - rare books - unique leather binding
Format 17.5 x 17.5 cm

 

Mark Twain’s Adam and Eve’s Diaries is one of the most moving novels of the 20th century.

 

 

A well known Author with his extraordinary text needed a unique binding. This sophisticated binding demanded special form, materials and technique as well as an exclusive frame. The book was printed in a limited edition on art ribbed and hand made leather binding. Some of the books were edited in a new form of frame – book which could be hung on the wall. Only the book owners know how to take out the books from the frame and replace it. This new concept is backed by law with patent number 119400.

It has already won nine awards and prizes:

1. Perfect Home & Interior Trade Show 2010

2. Nomination in the 51st Most Beautiful Book of the Year Competition 2010 (English version)

3. RemaDays 2011

4. Product of the Year 2011

5. Innovative Product of 2011

6. Product of Koszalin 2012

7. Gold Medal at the Poznan International Fair 2013

8. Gold Medal – Consumers’ Choice at the Poznan International Fair 2014

9. Renoma 2014

Adam and Eve's Diaries - Mark Twain - collectible books - rare books - unique leather bindingWhat is this extraordinary and intelligent text about? About what really matters in the world, about what can change the course of history, what can make people happy and at the same time depress them, what can inspire all human action. Taking a metaphor from the biblical story of the creation of the world, Twain described, extremely insightfully and with his proper sense of humour, how that first all-powerful feeling – the world’s first love – was born. The meeting of the first human beings, the forefather and foremother of us all, in the literary form of diaries, is an opportunity to show those subtle mental qualities that have distinguished men and women since the human race came into being on Earth and are as much a source of misunderstanding as of mutual fascination. Mark Twain’s perceptive, subtle and witty language makes the text a pleasure to read.

The book was printed in a limited edition on artistic ribbed paper and hand-bound in leather. Some copies have been published in the innovative form of a picture book, housed in a frame to be hung on the wall. However, only the owner knows how the picture book can be removed and reinserted for reading. This new book concept is legally protected (UP No. W119400).

Pamiętniki Twain-Adam i Ewa `s, luxuary porządku, wyjątkowa książka wiążące skóry
Golden Medal on Poznań International Fair 2013 – the movie

 

Pamiętniki Twain-Adam i Ewa `s, luxuary porządku, wyjątkowa książka wiążące skóry

Adam and Eve’s Diaries in an unique frame-bindingMark Twain - "Adam i Ewa"Twain Mark Adam i Ewa w Nowym JorkuPamiętniki Twain-Adam i Ewa `s, luxuary porządku, wyjątkowa książka wiążące skóry

Twain Pamiętniki

Adam and Eve’s Diaries in an unique frame-binding

 

Gibran Khalil – The Prophet

Gibran Khalil The Prophet

First Edition, Limited EditionGibran - The Prophet - Prorok - książka kolekcjonerska - unikatowa oprawa w skórę

Edition: 45 numbered copies in English and 45 copies in Polish

Paper: cotton

Binding: leather, with brown and black inlays, unique design, inimitable  pattern of each copy

Illustrations: 8 signed linocuts by Slawomir Chrystow and 28 initial linocuts, imprinted by hand on Xuan mulberry paper with 1000-year guarantee; initial linocuts decorated with Ebru technique

Graphic design: Urszula Kurtiak

Format: approx. 25 x 25 cm

Each copy comes with a protective book box. Decorated and ornamental boxes (leather or wood) are made to order.

 

Gibran - The Prophet - Prorok - książka kolekcjonerska - unikatowa oprawa w skóręIs The Prophet a collection of the best advice and wisdom on how to live to be happy, how to love to be loved, how to work to be fulfilled? Or is it more and yet more?!

It is not without reason that Khalil Gibran is said to be the most widely read author after William Shakespeare and Laozi in the world, and in the USA , after the Bible, the best-selling book.

The illustration layer, consisting of eight signed linocuts by Slawomir Chrystow, creates a different, parallel story.

The prints are printed on Xuan mulberry paper with a shelf life of a thousand years.

In addition, 28 initial linocuts have been embossed on Xuan paper hand-decorated using the Ebru technique.

Machiavelli Niccolò – The Prince

Machiavelli Niccolò – The Prince

Limited Edition

Edition: 88 numbered copies.

Binding: Hand-bound in leather with inlays.

Illustrations: Full-page gilt illustrations.

One of the most famous banned books – a Renaissance treatise on power – that was dangerous to read. Today, one would innocently call this remarkable book A Guide to Governance.

 

Książka Machiavellego Niccolò, The Prince idealna na prezent osobisty

Niccolò Machiavelli’s book, The Prince – ideal for a personal gift

Książka Machiavellego Niccolò, The Prince ręcznie oprawiona w skórę

Niccolò Machiavelli’s book, The Prince hand-bound in leather

The Prince was recognised in the International Image Of The Book Competition 2021 in the Best Illustrations For Fiction Category organised by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

 

 

Piękna książka Machiavellego Niccolò, The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli’s beautiful book, The Prince

Artystyczne wydanie książki Machiavellego Niccolò, The Prince

An artistic edition of Niccolò Machiavelli’s book, The Prince

Piękna książka Machiavellego Niccolò, The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli’s beautiful book, The Prince

Książka Machiavellego Niccolò, The Prince na luksusowy prezent

Niccolò Machiavelli’s book, The Prince ideal for a luxury gift.

 

 

 

Machiavelli Niccolò, The Prince. Ekskluzywny prezent

Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince. Exclusive gift

 

Muhammad Al Ali Astron Arabe

cuda astronomii1
The first edition

25 numbered copies

Abay Kunanbaev

Abay Kunanbaev Abay

Abay

 

Writings of the most famous Kazakh poet, philosopher and composer Abay Kunanbaev. The book contains advices for his nation regarding morality, need for literacy and social development.

Book in Kazakh language. The binding is designed in the spirit of Kazakh national art – rich silver ornaments, dark blue and black leather.

Collector’s edition. The issue consists of 50 numbered specimens.

Abay
Abay

St. John of God – Letters

Letters of St. John of God

1000 copies printed on hand made paper
Format: 22 x 14 cm

Letters of St. John of God

The first edition in 1000 copies printed on hand-made paper. The book comprises six letters written in the 16th century by St.John of God, the founder of the Order of St. John of God. The letters have been inserted in an envelope which also makes the cover. The contact and feelings of the message is strengthen with respect to the preservation of the author’s handwriting. The book was issued by order of the Convent of Good Brothers at Łódź.

St. John of the Cross – „Letters”

Letters of St. John
of the Cross

First edition
Artistic book
Limited collector’s edition
Format: 17 x 23 cm

Letters of St. John of the Cross

 The first edition comprising 5 numbered copies printed on hand-made paper.
The edition contains 27 letters in a leather- and silver-trimmed casket set with ambers.
The book, favourite reading of Pope John Paul II, was published by order of LOT Polish Airlines.
Owners of respective copies thereof have been mentioned in Editor’s Note.