Closer than Breathing

Seven Tales

By R. I. Sutton

This hand-made, limited-edition volume is the first of its kind to emerge in Australia: an extended work of fiction created exclusively by the writer herself, using the traditional bookmaking crafts. Featuring images engraved by artist, Kain White, this work is a unique and independent tribute to art and craftsmanship.

 

As a literary work, Closer than Breathing transcends boundaries. Sutton’s characters inhabit the periphery—they are castaways and exiles, seeking to sustain the inner light in an incredulous world. Harry Oldmeadow, author of Journeys East, writes in the Foreword,

 

These are stories of luminous epiphanies and dark apprehensions, evanescent intuitions and fugitive glimpses, stories of hope and regret, love and loss and grief, of death and renewal.

 

To reserve your copy of Closer than Breathing, Seven Tales, you may pre-order it here. You can collect it at The Harebrained Press’ inaugural exhibition/launch in March, 2023, or it will be sent to you via post after its release. 


Pre-Order Closer than Breathing, Seven Tales (The Red Book)

The Red Book, Deluxe Series

 

The Red Book was lovingly designed and crafted by the author to be the most faithful expression of her work. Its anatomical theme is realised in both its visual and tactile qualities. The covers are quarter-bound in carmine leather, blocked in white, with sides of Awagami Extra Thick kozo washi, burnished by hand. The endpapers are marbled to resemble vivisected flesh and have been hinged in carmine with exposed linen thread. This series features a hand-coloured text block and hand-sewn Gütermann silk headbands in red and white. The text is hand-set in the classic typeface Bembo with initials and Garamond italic display, and printed on 175 gsm Magnani Revere Book Suede cotton paper in ivory. The internal images are printed from Resingrave blocks, the cover image from a maple block, all designed and engraved by Kain White. Book dimensions: 162mm x 233mm (ISBN 978-0-646-82010-1)

  • First 50 pre-orders of the edition receive a copy of the book Prospectus
  • Limited to 60 deluxe numbered copies, signed by both the writer and artist
  • Cover image hand-coloured by Kain White
  • Australian, responsibly-sourced leather, processed under rigorous environmental standards (PURE)
  • Tight-backed library binding style
  • Clam shell case included
  • Book to be released in March, 2023

$450.00

  • 1.4 kg
  • Available
  • Ships within 1-3 days

Pre-Order Closer than Breathing, Seven Tales (The Blue Book)

The Blue Book, Classic Series

 

With its high key pages and cool tones, The Blue Book is the classic version of Sutton’s work. It combines the anatomical visual theme with an enduring binding design. The covers are quarter-bound in Arbelarve Library Buckram, blocked in white, with sides of Awagami Extra Thick kozo washi, burnished by hand. It has flexible zig-zag endpapers and hand-sewn Gütermann silk headbands. The text, hand-set in Bembo with initials and Garamond italic display, is printed on 160 gsm Magnani Pescia Editions cotton paper in eggshell white. The internal images are printed from Resingrave blocks, the cover image from a maple block, all designed and engraved by Kain White. Book dimensions: 162mm x 233mm (ISBN 978-0-646-82082-8)

  • First 50 pre-orders of the edition receive a copy of the book Prospectus
  • Limited to 60 deluxe numbered copies, signed by both the writer and artist
  • Cover image hand-coloured by Kain White
  • Hollow-backed library binding style
  • Clam shell case included
  • Book to be released in March, 2023

$350.00

  • 1.4 kg
  • Available
  • Ships within 1-3 days