Artists’ books may be enclosed, encased, wrapped up, or bound in engaging ways, inviting you to open them up and look inside.

Enclosures may be made of many materials from very modest cardboard to high-end leather.  Metal, plastic, cloth, or other unexpected materials may also be deployed.  Enclosures of artists’ books can be works of art themselves.

Slipcases allow a book to slip in or out of a box.  They also protect the contents and may be as creatively designed as the books themselves.

The Artist Nani Croze in Africa
Kenya: Nani Croze and Regina Reiling; 
Nairobi, Kenya: Bizone Printers, 1998
Edited by Mark Attwood, Joachim Schönfeldt and Robert Weinek.
Johannesburg: The Artists' Press in collaboration with FIG Gallery, 1994
Toufik Berramdane; text by Frédéric Brandon
Paris: Arte Estampe, 1992
Bessie Smith Moulton
Falmouth, ME, 2003