May Rare Book of the Month: Artist Book remake on Jekyll and Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, illustrated and cut by Joanna Robson, Number 14 of 50, 2013.
This is a laser cut artist’s book depicting scenes from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella of the same name.
The illustrations of buildings are based on the author’s home town of Edinburgh, and the detailed silhouettes she has created evoke the dark atmosphere of late nineteenth century London.

The story of Dr Jekyll, and his sinister alter-ego, Mr Hyde, gained immediate popularity when it was published in 1886. Readers were gripped by the struggle between two opposing forces within the same being. This is perfectly shown in the contrast between dark and light when the book is viewed with backlighting, adding an extra dimension of shadow.

Dr Jekyll and dr hyde

The book would be of particular interest to Graphic Design students, and is available in the Epsom Special Collection.Joanna Robson’s blog is here, joannarobson.blogspot.co.uk/. She has another example of a laser cut book there, Dracula’s Crossing: joannarobson.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Dracula.
Image used with permission from the author

Reviewed by Gaye Williams, Advisor (Epsom Library)

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