Robert Wu's Design Binding on George Barbier & Francois Louis Schmied's " Personnages de Comedie", Paris, 1922, Meynial

Just finished a major commissioned design binding on a favorite book of mine- George Barbier and Francois Louis Schmied's art deco masterpiece "Personnages de Comedie". The binding was commissioned by the Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto, Canada and is part of its permanent collection. You can see this binding on display at Fisher Rare Book Library Toronto as part of a new major exhibition "Chevalier du Bracelet" George Barbier and His illustrated Works. This free exhibition runs from September 30 to December 20. It's curated and organized by Arthur Smith (Head Librarian at the Royal Ontario Museum) and the show is the first major solo show on the works by George Barbier in North America. More info about the show, please visit 



“ Personnages de Comedie “, by Albert Flament, Meynial, Paris 1922, F.L. Schmied, printer, G. Barbier, illustrator, Copy # 52 
Box Dimension: 13” x 15 1/2” x 1 1/2”
Book Dimension: Folio 12 1/2” x 15” x 1” (closed)
Bookplates with original deckled edges “temoin” sewn on stubs
Bound in ivory Buffalo leather with various colourful leather onlays and gilding in gold and tooling in coloured foils.
Headbands: Blue, fushia, and yellow with gold metallic thread
Endpapers: blue moire inner pastedown on boards, marbled paper endpaper by Robert Wu in red/purple and gold.
Chemise & Slipcase: lined with blue suede and flannel, edged with scarlet goatskin leather.
Exterior slipcase: teal green deluxe Japanese silk with gold floral motif.
Design: The cover design is inspired by the little vignettes in the book showing the puppet theatre with two groups of comical love triangles playing out on the stage.