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The lost Gutenbergs

Early last month, The Saint ran a piece on The Lost Gutenbergs, a project started in 2007 by Tim Yancey. Its aim is to bind all 128 remaining copies of the Cooper Square Gutenberg Bibles (a facsimile printed in 1961 in a run of 1000) in 15th century bindings. It’s estimated that each binding takes 500 to 600 hours of […]

The art of letterpress

When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, he was developing a process that is today sometimes referred to as letterpress. Letterpress printing is essentially a relief printing in which the type or plate is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper. Despite the technology’s age, today there remains a vibrant community of craft […]

Books as art

Overall, I feel pretty confident in assuming that when people purchase books today, they view them mainly as vehicles for content. Certainly that’s true of any work purchased (read: licensed) in digital format—you’re not buying it for its physical form, since it doesn’t have one, but rather for the information contained within it. However, considering […]

A brief look at marbled paper

Earlier this month, Work of the Hand featured a post on paper marbling. Knowing next to nothing about what’s involved in creating marbled paper, I’ve never been particularly impressed by most of I’ve seen in old books, although admittedly this has probably been strongly influenced by color choice. That’s not to say that I didn’t […]

There’s more to bookbinding than bookbinding

When my bookbinding tools and materials first arrived, I couldn’t wait to get started; I can be pretty impatient at times, and I’ve wanted to do this for so long that the days between shipping and arrival seemed interminable. Since that first entry, I’ve been relatively silent about my progress, although my last post hinted at […]

Bookbinding, Colonial style

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m something of a science fiction nut. I grew up watching The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, and Voyager; Babylon 5; and more (often B-rate) science fiction movies than I can remember. I think Firefly is one of the most brilliant shows ever made, and I simply cannot get enough […]

Bookbinding Books


I’ve been a great admirer of the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School for quite a while now. Unfortunately, reason forces me to accept the fact that I will most likely never be able to afford it. In light of this, I’m taken steps toward teaching myself some of the basics, for both […]