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Re: [miniaturebooks] New publications Peter and Donna Thomas

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  • ThomasPETERX@aol.com
    Here are our new books... you can see them at the conclave or on our web site: http://members.cruzio.com/~peteranddonna/index.htm An excerpt from John
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 8, 2003
      Here are our new books... you can see them at the conclave or on our web site:

      An excerpt from John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. John Steinbeck. Printed by
      Peter & Donna Thomas Santa Cruz: (2003), Book 2 7/8 round, container 3 1/4 by 2
      inches, 16 accordion pages. 100 copies. $95

      The text is the opening paragraph of Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. It was
      letterpress printed on Peter's handmade paper, using handset 14 point Centaur
      type. The paper is white on one side and decorated in a net-like pulp pattern on
      the back. The book is illustrated with eight watercolor paintings of Cannery
      Row. These were painted by Donna Thomas at Cannery Row and have been
      reproduced in color directly on the handmade paper. The book is round, and bound as an
      accordion between two galvanized iron covers (recalling the tin, and the iron
      canneries mentioned in the text). The metal has been treated so it will not
      rust or effect the archival qualities of the paper. A paper label is pasted on
      the front cover. The book has been canned inside a 3 1/4 by 2 inch, 7 3/4 oz.
      shrimp can, by Dave's Albacore of Santa Cruz, using antique equipment salvaged
      from Cannery Row. The packing inside the can is Peter's shredded handmade
      paper and the label on the can was printed with the text. To see the book, the can
      must be opened with a can opener. The book is 2 7/8 inches round by 1/4 deep,
      16 accordion pages, 100 copies. $95

      TIME I$. Ben Franklin, Mark Twain and Peter Thomas. (2003) 2 1/2 by 2 inches.
      5 pages. 100 copies. $75

      One side of the page the text tells what Ben Franklin has to say about time
      and money, what Mark Twain has to say about it is on the other side. Peter's
      text is on the cover, endpages and the one dollar bill. The book was letterpress
      printed, on Peter’s handmade paper, using old wood and metal types and images
      of clocks which Donna carved out of linoleum. The cover and end pages both
      required at least ten press runs to print all the different clocks and the
      various settings of "time is time". The binding, made with wood and Peter's
      handmade paper, is another variation in their series of "Stick Structure" books. The
      printed pages are folded and glued over wooden dowels which have been painted
      gold. These "pages" can turn: they are set in holes drilled into a wooden
      framework. This framework, which has also been painted gold. This differs from
      previous "flap books" as it has the text mounted to the back board and a space
      has been created behind the text to hold a one dollar bill, which can be
      removed. The one dollar bills were ordered direct from the US Treasury and are
      sequentially numbered, thus the number on the bill matches the book's edition
      number. There are two special copies with one hundred dollar bills inside (which
      picture Ben Franklin) and unique leather bindings by Donna Thomas: $475.) 5
      pages. 2 1/2 by 2 inches. 100 copies. $75.
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