Innes, Callum

The Unknown Masterpiece


Dimensions: 380 x 320mm
Medium: Artist’s Book
Format: Hand-bound, placed in a solander box
Edition size: 50
Date: 1996

Balzac’s tale of an artist’s quest for an unrealisable perfection is a classic meditation on the anxiety of creation – one which has fascinated many artists, among them Cézanne and Picasso.

Leon Livingstone’s new translation of the Balzac story is bound in startlingly beautiful fragments of original paintings by Callum Innes. As a result, the edition of 50 copies consists of 50 unique variants. Marco Livingstone’s introductory essay discusses Innes work, therefore providing a rich context for this unique piece of art.

The edition, bound by The Fine Bindery, is also contained in a handmade solander box, covered in black cloth. Each copy is signed by the artist, translator, and writer of the introduction. The text has been set in Caslon and printed on Zerkall-Bütten rosa 225gsm, with typographic layout by Atlas.

Cover of The Unknown Masterpiece