I was somewhat dismayed by your report on the difficulty of marketing
limited edition books, text heavy, clean design. I'm the midst of
printing an excellent monograph by John Barth with 6 linocuts, Dante
monotype (Bixler) and binding to be done a Campbell-Logan. It's not my
first outing, but it has been about 15 years since undertaking such a
project. The prospect(i) are about to be sent out to a list I've
cultivated over the years and will be happy to keep you updated about
the successes or difficuties I run into.
Certainly the disinterest in books is disturbing. My god, I beg for
the days when books were considered dangerous, but that would take me
back to Henry Miller or Anna Ahkmatova's Russia I guess.
Yes, Designer-heavy intricate bindings are in. Perhaps with the
current fetishsizing of Mel Gibson's movie we will see a wave of
pop-up New Testament books.
This site has been very interesting and informative and I look forward
to my daily updates. The musical, Gutenburg, was hilarious, but I'm
holding out for the sit-com, Merganthaler, about a blue-collar
inventor, whose dream was to make a 2,000 pound watch that could cast
Literary House Press at Washington College
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, "Gerald Lange" <bieler@w...>
> That might be a bit too much to ask for.
> As long as I've been in the biz, and my main concern is book
> typography, there has been the popular clamor that the "book is
> We don't hear that much anymore but I've had college-level graphic
> design students in the last couple of years or so proclaim without
> remorse or shame that they don't read books. One has even told me he
> had never read a book.
> One wonders how this could have happened in our educational system.
> Even the recent glut of students and folks interested in letterpress
> seem to have little use for bookwork, being more concerned with card
> work or posters and such. Any concern for book work is largely on
> icon/visual side with words being something to be added, and the
> attempt to focus on typographic niceties seems an increasingly
> difficult battle often met with sceptism.
> In recent years I've also found it much more difficult to sell fine
> press books where the emphasis is on text-based story and concern
> typography. It is also dismaying that even special collections
> librarians and dealers are so into visual and structurally
> "innovative" kinds of books that there is shown very little regard,
> even respect, for any other.
> I believe we are somewhat past the end of that road.
> > hmmm... probably wouldn't have made any sense to pick up a BOOK or
> two for
> > some research would it...
> > --
> > m | interrobang
> > > the two performers said that they had tried googling Gutenberg
> > > anyone?), but got bored after the first web site and just made
> some stuff.