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.
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:
Mickiewicz Adam — Pan Tadeusz or the Last Foray in Lithuania (English Edition)
First Bibliophilic Edition – artistic, handmade 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
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.
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.
Twain Mark — Adam and Eve’s Diaries
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.
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
What 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).
Golden Medal on Poznań International Fair 2013 – the movie