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Re: [BKARTS] Reflections on bookart and commerce

The consensus seems to be that a case would solve most of the problems, I
agree with this fully. I also am really gratified by how well folks have
grasped the concept. What a pleasure to be able to discuss this in such a
sensitive forum! Below my responses to specific comments.

on 7/4/03 8:51 AM, Gavin Stairs at stairs@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> I have been making hand made trade paper books for a while, in a style similar
> to quality trade paper bound books.  They are Singer sewn in signatures of
> 16pp, adhesive bound together with folded end papers, in a laminated, paper
> cover.
This is pretty much how the original trade paperbacks were manufactured.

> Given the specifics of the idea, I would suggest that the original book be
> preserved as originally conceived, but that it be presented as the valuable
> artifact that it purports to be, by means of a suitable box or cover.  The
> treatment of a box can be ironic and consistent with the book design, and yet
> convey both points because of the incongruity of the means.  A somewhat subtle
> way of making a large neon sign saying "expensive irony here!"
Just great! see below on a wooden case.

on 7/4/03 8:25 AM, Maxine at Maxquilts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> And perhaps a formal presentation of this type would indeed create another
> layer of emphasis for the joke?  . . . consider . . .  an everyday trade
> paperback in a slipcase?  why is it in there?
Trade paperbacks often come in slipcases. I remember buying my daughter,
Faera, a beautiful boxed paperback set of Narnia when she was little.

on 7/3/03 9:39 PM, Jen Hogben at Jennyhogben@xxxxxxx wrote:

> Why not package the book instead in a more decorative way, including a classy
> information sheet describing the design, the process and the concept behind
> the work, and the number of the edition details?  That way the publisher has a
> more attractive or 'collectable' package to market, and you keep the intrinsic
> design of the book intact.

This makes a lot of sense. I don't know why I didn't think of it myself.

on 7/3/03 9:29 PM, Patrice Baldwin at patbooks@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> My first thought, after reading your post, was that I would make a special
> edition (of as many as you can stand or afford) for this dealer... but go WAY
> over the top toward your idea of "mechanical." Bend it further, like aluminum
> covers with wire binding or high tech plastic covers with rivets.

Right now, I'm inclining toward a wooden case, with a sliding cover, no
hardware. I could have these made here out of a rare native hardwood such as
zapote -- stronger than steel, but very heavy. The Maya used zapote for
their lintels. You see ruins that are more than a thousand years old. The
stones are falling down and crumbling, but the zapote beam is just fine,
still supporting the weight of the doorway plus all the accretions of the

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