The Sweet Silence before Sunrise

The Sweet Silence before Sunrise, was completed the first day of spring, March 2011. The book contains text from An Island Garden, by Celia Thaxter.  It was painted and lettered in watercolor and gouache by Nancy Leavitt on Arches text wove paper with Katie MacGregor handmade paper used as endpapers and for the painted paper binding. Joelle Leavitt Webber of Mermaid Bindery bound and boxed the book. Below are a few page spreads from the finished book.

“An insufferable glory burns on the edge of the eastern horizon…”

One in a series of flower pages describing Thaxter’s flower garden.

Thank you for taking the time to view this posting.

Nancy Leavitt

Priscilla Juvelis, book dealer

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One Response to The Sweet Silence before Sunrise

  1. Beautiful work. I love the longing it evokes for something just out of reach.

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