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Monster Book

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A3- - 300 pages. A life size replica of a magical creature - nasty and vicious, it will try to bite the hand of anyone who opens it. Gold text on the front of the book reads "The Monster Book ". Full bound in kangaroo fur with 'fight' marks, tentacles and spines. The padded tentacles are hand dyed and carved kangaroo leather, and wired to allow them to be bent into any position. Four yellow eyes in the centre of the cover, eyebrows and nostrils. Side of the book features hand sculpted and painted teeth with a hinged bottom jaw. Deep red leather forked tongue bookmark. Pages are handmade cotton rag paper with deckled edges. The book is sewn in French style with four reinforcing ribbons. Oxford hollow back. White cotton rag endpapers.
Cover: 323mm W x 409mm H (12.71 x 16.10in). Page: 275mm W x 380mm H (10.83 x 14.96in). Weight: 4.46kg (9.83lb).
Commission: Kirsten Gooch (Melbourne, Australia) 14 Jul 2004 - 23 Dec 2004

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