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Birds from Byzantium / Lefteris Olympios ; Peter Lyssiotis = Pouliá tou Vyzantíou / Panagiōtēs Lyssiōtēs ; Leyterēs Olympios
Πουλιά του Βυζάντιου / Λεύτερης Ολύμπιος, Παναγιώτης Λυσσιώτης
Bib ID 6491755
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Lyssiotis, Peter, author, artist
Λυσσιώτης, Παναγιώτης
Description Melbourne : Masterthief, 2010 
84 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 44 cm. 

An artist's book about the relationship between a father and a son, and about sounds and the places they can reach. The text was written in Cyprus while the artist stayed in a monastery built on the ruins of a Byzantine church, with a military checkpoint in front of it, and a modern mine nearby, which produces the pigment umber. Among the sounds of hymns, soldiers, and the excavations, he rarely heard birds, unlike his suburban garden in Melbourne. This silence, and a memorable icon of a raven, lead him towards conceiving a bird's eye view of human life, while also suggesting that birds may be "the harbingers or the omens for all those who are displaced, the refugees, those who cross borders, searching - the wanderers." The text has been set in left and right justified columns, with no regard to word breaks, to trap the eye, an invoke the traditional design of early Bibles. Bible commentaries in Greek also appear in the background of the collages on which the text rests.--Based on the artist's statement.


Limited edition of 18 copies.

Greek translation by Andreas Psillides and Lefteris Olympios.

"Birds from Byzantinum was completed in 2010. Peter Lyssiotis wrote the text 2 years earlier during a stay at the Saint George Mavrovouni Monastery, Cyprus. The Greek translation is by Andreas Psilides and Lefteris Olympios. The drawings in ink of birds are by Lefteris Olympios, the backgrounds on which the text appears are by Peter Lyssiotis and the design of the book is a result of a collaboration between Marius Foley and Peter Lyssiotis. The English text is set in Baskerville Old Face. [The Greek is in Minion Pro]. Monica Oppen formatted and edited the text. The book was printed duotone on [Mohawk] Superfine Ultra White Eggshell, 216gsm paper by Bernie Rackham of Redwood Prints and hand bound by Wayne Stock"--Colophon.

National Library's SR copy is no. 9 and signed by Lefteris Olympios and Peter Lyssiotis.

Title also in Greek; text in English and Greek.


Quarter bound with grey dyed kangaroo leather spine and burgundy cloth, with two decorative raised bands. Title gold stamped on the spine, publisher name blind embossed at the foot. Grey, gold and burgundy head and tail bands. Front cover decorated with a lightly blind embossed rectangle formed with two parallel lines, linking four raised circles. These circles re-appear on the back cover without the square. An untitled and unsigned artwork by Ilse van Garderen, showing two ears of wheat, printed in black on a gilded ground, is tipped into a recessed panel in the centre of the front cover. 

Subjects Artists' books -- Australia.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Olympios, Lefteris, translator, artist  |  Oppen, Monica, editor  |  Rackham, Bernie, printer  |  Stock, Wayne, binder  |  Masterthief
Ολύμπιος, Λεύτερης
Also Titled

Pouliá tou Vyzantíou


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