New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1979, 2011. Hardcover. Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays that intertwine history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Karen was the winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, she has studied with many notable fine binders. She exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Her masterful bindings wed the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. This spectacular signed unique designer binding for a first edition of Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff was inspired by Wolfe’s notion of single combat warriors battling the Cold War in the heavens on behalf of the US and USSR. Further inspiration was taken from space-themed advertising of the era. The binding thus incorporates various patriotic and space race icons from the US and USSR, portrayed as constellations, planets and spacecraft. In full black goatskin binding with laced-in boards, with edge-to-edge black goatskin doublures and black suede flyleaves. The boards are decorated with the space related images; some are back pared and cushioned onlays, some laser-printed, and some areas sprinkled with gold leaf. The page edges are graphite and gold-sprinkled, and there are hand sewn silk headbands. The book's original dust jacket is bound in. A beautiful exemplar of Karen's meticulous and creative work. Housed in a black cloth clamshell box with red leather title label to spine. Book measures 8.5 x 5.5. x 1.75 inches. In fine condition. FINEBINDING/080618. Fine.