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Richard Tuttle, Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince

Heritage Press

1955 - 2012


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Sculptural one-of-a-kind rebinding of The Prince.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli (Italian).
  • Preface by Irwin Edman (American).
  • Sculptural rebinding by artist Richard Tuttle (American, b. 1951) in 2012.
  • New York: Heritage Press, 1955.
  • Included with the book is a signed artist statement by Richard Tuttle on the making of The Prince.
  • The binding date and artist’s symbol signature are contained on the copyright page.
  • Bound in lambskin over sculpted boards with raised bands and decorative endpapers.

Tuttle creates one-of-a-kind works of art that merge the written word with fine leather, paper, paint, wood and veneer. These original book bindings have been featured in a PBS documentary on the Chicago Art beat. Tuttle describes his work as follows: “I make literary artifacts. They are designed to pull books down off the shelf and display them in the salon, gallery or home [...] I seek to find a perspective that shouts out a piece of the essence of the literary work. I try to put myself in the author's or character's mind to say something about the time it was written in; the attitude that is explored and expressed; the magic that makes it a work of art."

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Occasional light wear to binding.


Height: 9.5 inches / 24.13 cm
Width: 6.5 inches / 16.51 cm




Politics, Philosophy, Art, Fine bindings

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