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Re: [BKARTS] Ratskin puton



I don't know about Chimpanzee skin, but State Library of Queensland
(Australia) has a binding that is part toad skin, and I have seen books
bound in fish (particularly barramundi) skin. Really.

Helen (no friend of toads-they are a biological disaster in Queensland)

P.S.
loved the description ''quarter rat". Wonder if it will make it into
Glaisters?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jet Wimp" <bolu.bolu@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2004 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: Ratskin puton


> This whole thread is a put on, yes? What's next, chimpanzee skin? Dog
skin?
>
> Paul Bettinson wrote:
>
> > Hi Richard,
> >
> > How did you add the search tool?  I mean, where did you get it from?
> >
> > regards, a friend of rats -
> >
> > Paul
> >
> > On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 17:13:07 -0400, Richard Minsky <minsky@xxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:
> > > Phil Zimmerman is correct. In 1979 I bound Patti Smith's book _Babel_
in
> > > alum tawed rat, with safety pin clasps. Actually it's just quarter rat
> > > (spine only) with goat covered boards. At the time this punk
bookbinding
> > > created quite a stir.
> > >
> > > It was hard getting rats in New York City. They don't let you shoot
them,
> > > and when I volunteered to join the Dept. of Sanitation's Rat Patrol
they
> > > refused my offer. I think it was a union job. I ended up preparing the
> > > sumac tanned goatskins and the alum tawed ratskins at the National
> > > Leathersellers' Centre in Northampton, England. I discovered that
although
> > > ratskins were not commonly used for anything, mouse skins had been
used in
> > > earlier times for the bosom linings of ladies' evening gowns.
> > >
> > > You can read a review of the binding at
> > > http://www.minsky.com/reviewta.htm
> > > where there is a link to a photo of it.
> > >
> > > When I read Phil's note on the list archive I went to minsky.com to
look at
> > > the book, and realized it was not easy to find it. So I added a search
form
> > > field on the home page. Now you can find just about anything at
minsky.com
> > > from the home page by typing in a keyword. There are over 300 pages
there,
> > > so this should make it easier for the 4,000 weekly users of the site.
> > >
> > > --
> > > Richard
> > > http://minsky.com
> > > http://www.centerforbookarts.org
> > >
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> > Paul Bettinson
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