I like my new postman, he brings me armfuls of books each morning without complaint wearing a big smile on his face and always knocks loudly if the parcels won’t fit through my letterbox. I’m usually expecting the books I receive but on Saturday, I had a little surprise as there was one in the pile that I hadn’t ordered. Upon opening the padded envelope it turned out to be from my good friend and doyen of the mail art scene Mr Lestaret (who blogs here)
This is a beautiful little square book measuring around 10cm square with heavily printed board covers. It is bound like an accordion, each outward fold containing a paper sheath inside which is a page.
Each of the four pages themselves are removable from their sheathes and appear to be constructed from recycled books, fragments of various papers and cloth. Each page has a wonderfully tactile and waxen feel to it which gives a certain stiffness to the leaf.
The whole book is a joy to handle and look at, the pages are multi-layered so you can see submerged words, symbols and printing like looking into cloudy ice. I love what Lestaret has done here and once again am happy to be a part of his rather exclusive mailing list.