Accordion Books

By Jackie Morris

The first pair in a series of illustrated folding gift books featuring foxes and otters.

Illustrated | Nature
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Accordion Book No 1: Fox

An eight panelled folding book featuring painted foxes. Haikus of the wild fox on reverse (twilight wild words). Folded between two postcard sized cover boards (100 x 150 mm), foiled with debossed fox image. Printed on 400 gsm uncoated white card. Shrink-wrapped.

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Accordion Book No 2: Otter

An eight panelled folding book featuring painted otters. Haikus of the wild otter on reverse (river words). Folded between two postcard sized cover boards (100 x 150 mm), foiled with debossed fox image. Printed on 400 gsm uncoated white card. Shrink-wrapped.

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Accordion Pack

Fox and Otter Accordion Books in a single shrink-wrapped pack.

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Three Foxes

Three copies of the Fox Accordion Book, each indvidually shrinkwrapped but shipped as a single parcel.

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  • Three bookmarks (designed by Jackie)
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Three Otters

Three copies of the Otter Accordion Book, each indvidually shrinkwrapped but shipped as a single parcel.

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  • Three bookmarks (designed by Jackie)
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Many Foxes Print

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus a giclée print with deckled edges (750 x 560 mm) featuring many foxes, signed by Jackie.

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Many Otters Print

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus a giclée print with deckled edges (750 x 560 mm) featuring many otters, signed by Jackie.

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An Enhanced Unwinding

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus a copy of The Unwinding with an original painting of a key on title page (and other doodles by Jackie).

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Otter Original No 2

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of an otter, using 19th century ink stick on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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Otter Original No 6

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of an otter, using 19th century ink stick on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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Soul of a Fox Original

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus the gold soul of a fox on the way to a fox’s wedding, made from transfer gold leaf fragments stitched with silk.

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Original Fox Accordion

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus a hand-painted folding book, with hand-written text – an original Jackie Morris artwork using 19th century Reeves watercolour paint on 400 gsm card, folded between two black linen cloth boards. The paints have been sleeping for over a century, and are woken gently with water. The words, also written using the paint, and an ink pen from another old box, Victorian in origin, will be unique to this creature of a painted celebration of the spirit of fox.

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Original Otter Accordion

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus a hand-painted folding book, a river of tumbling otters, with hand-written text – an original Jackie Morris artwork using using 19th century sumi ink from the Reeves watercolour paint box, gold leaf splashes, on 400 gsm card, folded between two black linen cloth boards. The words will be unique to this river of otters, a celebration of the wild creatures, small gods of the river.

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Fox Original No 2

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of a fox, using 19th century Reeves watercolour paint on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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  • Bookmark (designed by Jackie)
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Fox Original No 3

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of a fox, using 19th century Reeves watercolour paint on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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  • Bookmark (designed by Jackie)
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Fox Original No 4

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of a fox, using 19th century Reeves watercolour paint on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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  • Bookmark (designed by Jackie)
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Fox Original no 5

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of a fox, using 19th century Reeves watercolour paint on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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  • Bookmark (designed by Jackie)
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Otter Original No 3

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of an otter, using 19th century ink stick on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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  • Bookmark (designed by Jackie)
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Otter Original No 4

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of an otter, using 19th century ink stick on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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  • Bookmark (designed by Jackie)
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Otter Original No 5

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of an otter, using 19th century ink stick on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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  • Bookmark (designed by Jackie)
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Otter Original No 7

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of an otter, using 19th century ink stick on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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  • Bookmark (designed by Jackie)
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Blue Fox No 1

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of an fox, using YInMn Blue paint (the first new blue pigment discovered in 200 years) on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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  • Bookmark (designed by Jackie)
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Blue Fox No 2

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus an original postcard sized painting of a fox using YInMn Blue paint (the first new blue pigment discovered in 200 years) on Two Rivers handmade rag paper.

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  • Bookmark (designed by Jackie)
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A Hand-Painted Quiet Music

Two folding books (fox and otter) plus The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow, signed, with Jackie's added paintings doodled into the pages with Deep Deep Light watercolours tuening the whole book into an original Jackie Morris artwork.

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  • Bookmark (illustrated by Jackie)

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Books are a beautiful technology that has lasted for centuries.

Accordion Books are an exciting new series created by Jackie Morris and published by Unbound.

An Accordion Book doesn’t open, it unfolds. One side is filled with beautiful watercolour images of an animal: sometimes in motion, sometimes at rest. The other is filled with text – poems, descriptions, invocations – inspired by the same animal.

Together they work as spell to summon the animal’s spirit. Jackie has painted them using antique watercolours, some from boxes which haven’t been opened for over 150 years, woken from their slumber with a single drop of water.

The first six Accordions will be published over the next year:

Accordion Book No 1 – Fox

Accordion Book No 2 – Otter   

Accordion Book No 3 – Hare        (launched Oct 21)

Accordion Book No 4 – Owl         (launched Oct 21)

Accordion Book No 5 – Hound     (launched May 22)

Accordion Book No 6 – Cat          (launched May 22) 


They will be beautifully produced, printed on 440 gsm card, with cloth bound boards foiled and blind debossed with a picture of the animal on the front. (they are the same size as the classic Beatrix Potter books). They will be designed by Alison O'Toole, who has worked with Jackie on all her recent books, including The Lost Words and The Unwinding.

Like real accordions, they are wonderful to play with (but also look good hanging on wall).

They will make beautiful gifts and in time will form a library of nature, which anyone who loves Jackie’s work will want to collect and treasure.

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    Jackie Morris

    Jackie Morris is an author and illustrator. She lives in a small house beside the sea in Wales, with cats and dogs for company. She studied illustration at Hereford College of Art and Bath Academy and has illustrated many books, and written some. The Lost Words, co-authored with Robert Macfarlane won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019. In the same year she published The Unwinding with Unbound, and they have committed to re-issuing and re-designing her backlist beginning with Song of the Golden Hare (Sep 2020) and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Mar 2021) and The Wild Swans (Mar 2021).


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