Details about the binding by Ann Tout:
As I opened Neale’s miniature book, I was struck by the jewel like colours of his flowers that were set against a velvety black. I wanted to incorporate this beauty into my design. To capture the delicacy of the flowers I used watercolours under transparent vellum. These flowers were picked from my garden. Then goatskin was chosen for the leaves to give a contrasting texture, adding a subtle tactile quality.
The book is rounded with a coloured top edge.
Bound in natural goatskin with a central inlayed panel of heavily grained shiny black leather (on the front and back boards). Onlays of leaves in differing shades of green travel across the boards and spine.
For a Shakespearian touch the inner slipcase is covered with watercolour stencilled leaves creating a tapestry of greens. The outer slipcase is of transparent vellum and is titled in a 16th century script.