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Actus Reus 1 - Dimitri's Bookbinding corner
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Read here for Part 3

Here is the second of the three bindings revolving around laws and legal matters. Actus Reus is Latin for “guilty act” and according to Wikipedia is “sometimes called the external element or the objective element of a crime, …, (which) when proved beyond a reasonable doubt in combination with the mens rea, “guilty mind”, produces criminal liability“. In other words, for many legal systems a crime to be treated as such needs to comprise of both an intention or motive and some kind of act.

Actus Reus 2 - Dimitri's Bookbinding cornerThe idea behind this decoration was that a crime is a distortion of “normality”. If one considers society as a continuity of sorts, lines that flow uninterrupted fulfiling a specific purpose each, then a criminal act is a violent alteration that either breaks or diverts those lines in various ways and creates inteference. The image of a seismograph came to mind. The flow is restored when the effects diminish, representing society’s return to normality. Laws facilitate this process.

This is a case binding on a lovely terracota leather with hand-dyed blue onlays. The headbands were handsewn and I used hand-marbled endpapers. I used my Bookbinding Finishing Multitool, Line Rollers and Versatile typeholder to accomplish this design.

Actus Reus 3 - Dimitri's Bookbinding corner