Artists' Books Collection

The accordion book


One-of-a-kind artist's book made from a vintage accordion with the trade name Fratelli Giovanni, Torino, Accordion Italiana and in smaller letters, Made in Germany. The keys appear to be made from mother-of-pearl and the case has a floral design. The bellows have been slit open and fitted with sheets of paper carrying the book's content. This book was made by Peter & Donna Thomas in February of 2010. The images, collected over the years, were printed on Peter's handmade paper & hand-colored by Donna. The text was written by Peter, & hand-written in the accordion book by Donna. Before being purchased by the MSU Libraries, this book was exhibited at the Kalamazoo (Michigan) Book Arts Center in April 2010.


  • Thomas, Donna (Donna Sue)
  • Thomas, Peter (Peter R.)

Publication Date: 2010

Original Size: 1 artist's book : col. ill. ; 30 x 14 x 25 cm.

Collection: MSU Libraries Artists' Book Collection

Call Number: oversize N7433.4.T565 A23 2010

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