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Pat & Rosemarie Keough

LABYRINTH SUBLIME is limited to one edition of 250 signed and numbered full-leather tomes; 26 premiums signed and lettered (A through Z); 15 Artist Proofs and five Production Proofs.

The 344 pages include 340 colour photographs by Pat and Rosemarie Keough prefaced with text and maps.

The Keoughs’  photography is inspired by The Inside Passage. The discussion of The Sublime is one of the aesthetics of nature where there is an edge of danger. The Labyrinth refers to the 1000-mile, navigable searoute that is sheltered from the open Pacific by thousands seaward islands between Seattle, Vancouver and Skagway, along the west coast of North America. With the fiords of mainland, the channels, straits and passages among the islands, the length of the shoreline is roughly equivalent to travelling around the equator twice! It’s a maritime maze through a lush, temperate rainforest.
This portfolio of fine photography is elegantly hand-bound in the tradition of the Venetian Renaissance by three master binders who share a combined 130 years of book-binding experience. Each tome is sewn by hand on an antique sewing frame with 341 running stitches and 62 kettle stitches woven about 4 linen tapes, and bound in the Classic European Style combined with Split Board Construction. Luxurious, archival materials have been specified for this opus —  morocco (the finest of vegetable-tanned goat leathers), French flocked-velvet, Dutch Linen and Irish linen thread. The binders, lithographers as well as the Keoughs are Canadian. The Keoughs’ photography has been brilliantly printed on heavy 100-pound cover weight, acid- and chlorine-free, American paper using light-fast inks sealed with an aqueous coating.

The accompanying Presentation Box, like that of ANTARCTICA, is a natural-linen clam-shell fitted with velvet cushions. Inserts of embossed leather decorate the front and spine. Corner blocks give support to the pages

LABYRINTH SUBLIME within its presentation box weighs 27.6 pounds (12.5 kg) and has dimensions of 18.25” x 15” x 3.75” (46cm x 38cm x 9cm). The volume itself is 19.2 pounds (8.7 kg) and 17.25” x 13.5” x 2.5” (44.5cm x 34cm x 6.5cm).

ISBN : 978-0-9867083-0-5

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