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Re: philosophy of bookbinding


As a conservator, I salute you!  *laughs*

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dorothy Africa [SMTP:africa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 30 September 1998 12:24
> To:   BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject:      Re: philosophy of bookbinding
>  I noticed with interest/alarm that a question on the philosophy of
> bookbinding quickly morphed into a discussion of what is a book.  To
> offer some strictly personal thoughts on the original thread, when I am
> considering a binding for a text, I aim for the long term.  I want the
> binding to last as long as the text (though some one may very well
> decide to rebind down the road!).  I want it to be sympathetic to the
> text, so I select a style suited to it if it is an older text, or, if
> new, something that strikes me as reflective of its matter, coloration
> or audience.  I bind for the reader, to make a book that opens well,
> that sustains and invites use.  I consider text and binding as a unit,
> though, not one subservient to the other.
>   Dorothy Africa

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