in box: 15.3 cm x 15 cm x 1.5 cm; book alone: 14.6 cm x 14.8 cm x 0.7 cm
Cased-in single signature book bound in green suede with red goat back-pared onlay, blind tooled. Cream-colored pastedowns and scarlet handmade tissue flyleaves. Enclosed in Japanese-style wrap case covered in scarlet linen with green embroidery and a garnet clasp, lined on the inside with cream handmade paper.
The design of this book is based on a mathematical pun. The angled line on the front cover is a greater than/less than sign, with the "Biting" on the less than side and "Swallowing" on the more than side. The red is drawn from red-brown fibres in the text block paper, and the green from the initial capitals in the book.
The text of the book is a poem by my father, set and printed at his press, River and Madrone, in Piedmont, California.