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Has anyone seen my rabbit?
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- Subject: Has anyone seen my rabbit?
- From: Mark Jensen <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 00:31:21 -0500
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This may be among the more odd requests for this list, but hopefully =
your expertise can help. What's really hard to believe is that I've =
been lurking on this list for months and have never seen this come up =
As you may have guessed from the subject, I'm a magician and I have a =
few Book Binding related projects that I'd like to do. However I since =
I have no practical experience with book binding I'd like to get your =
input as to how difficult it would be for me to do it, sources for =
information on doing it, etc.
So, here are the projects that I'd like to do:
1. I have a few copies (new) of a book on Bizzarre Magick called "The =
Complete Invocation". The Book is about 11" h x 9" w x 2.5". It has =
about 450 pages.
I'd like to rebind this book with a dark (black?) leather binding that =
* A lock built into the binding to secure the book. Probably a key type =
lock, although when I really let my imagination run wild I can envision =
a lock with no apparent key hole...perhaps you place a candle stick into =
the center of the circle (see below) and the weight or a magnet works =
* The leather "worked" somehow (I'm not sure of exactly what...tooled, =
branded, etc???) to have Circle of Protection / Pentagram engraved on =
the front cover...the title of the book would be found in the border of =
**** The idea is to have Gothic / Ancient (Fantasy) looking book.
2. I have several loose manuscripts that I would like to bind. =
Currently, they are printed on normal 20 pound computer paper. Are =
there any particular paper types that you would recommend? The initial =
feeling someone looking at the book should have is that this is =
something of value. I am also considering hand scribing one or two of =
these manuscripts. Does that make a difference on paper selection. =
Would a blank book be good for this and then either rebind it or do some =
sort of cover for the original binding.
3. If you think my first 2 projects are too strange I recommend that =
you proceed to the next project #4. It is more "Normal" ;>)
Any thoughts about special effect books? I'm not talking about a book =
that bursts into flames when you open it...that's been done. I'm =
thinking of something a bit more subtle. Here are a few things I've =
kicked around in the back of my brain:
* How about a book that eminates a "cold, chilling" aura? Without =
keeping it in the freezer.
* How about a book that opens on it's own, without having a thread, etc =
attached externally to it. Could pages flip by themselves?
* Just really odd covers. Example: I have a manuscript that was =
created by some friends of mine. We are collectively known as the =
Shadow Network (we all have an interest in gothic/bizzarre/story telling =
magic). I would like to bind this with a cover that is, well shadowy.
4. Ok, for the more "normal" stuff. I have a magic library that has =
over 500 books. They range from books published in the mid 1800's to =
the present. They are both HB and SB. All sizes and shapes (well, =
actually I don't have any round books ;>). I would like to start =
working on the conservation/preservation of my library. So far I've =
read one book on the subject, "The Conservation of Magic" by Leo Behnke =
(among other things, he worked for David Copperfield cataloging, =
maintaining, etc. his massive magic library, etc).
He talks about many ways to protect books ranging from archival boxes to =
mylar. I think that for the majority of my books I'd like to fit them =
with mylar jackets. Any recommendations for suppliers and other mylar =
particulars such as thickness, etc.?
Well, that's it for now. Although if you know of anyone who has =
experience with any of my odd requests I'd appreciate contact info.
If any of you are located in the Dallas area let me know.
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