This book won the annual Designer Bookbinders competition in 2004. Bound in two volumes in contrasting shades of grey goatskin, each cover depicts the abstract shape of an albatross with two drops of red blood seeming to fall below. The leather jointed endpapers have been monoprinted and the headbands handsewn.

It is presented in a box divided in two halves, one of which has a false bottom. Lifting a small flap reveals a dark interior, which contains fragments of Coleridge’s writings printed by hand on a Adana printing press. When the Romantic poets talked about the imagination they were referring to what we now call the unconscious. This dark space is a representation of Coleridge’s unconscious.

£600