To the Lighthouse
photos by Shannon Tofts
execution of design (on boards) by Claude Ribal, Paris
Part of the group Woolf I-IX.
now to be found in the collection:
Full leather binding in tan goatskin with green sewn silk headbands, leather joints, and green bord-à-bord doublures, and light yellow flyleaves. The book is housed in a chemise and lives in a slipcase.
The book's design is tooled with silver foil and fifteen shades of coloured pigment foil (1x white, 1x mauve, 2x grey, 2x blue, 3x yellow, and 4x red). Special guest: transparent pearl foil. The chemise is inlaid with blue grey paper and tooled with three shades silver foil. The chemise is inlaid with blue grey paper and tooled with three shades of silver foil. The slipcase is covered with the same paper and lined with mauve Alcantara. All papers used are hand-dyed.
To The Lighthouse centres on the Ramsay family and their summer visits to the Isle of Skye. The novel focuses on two days, set ten years apart, yet linked by the intermediate poetic interlude of ‘time passes’. The general atmosphere is that of a long idyllic summer day with a blue sky, a bright beach and time gently ticking by at a leasurly pace. It is in this setting that the various family members and guests settle down and buzz through the day. There is very little interaction between the characters, as they are preoccupied with their own thoughts and impressions.