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Re: [BKARTS] Letters of Introduction



Alice,

No doubt, librarians and collection administrators will weigh in with opinions. Here is mine.

As the artist, designer and binder, I tend to make these decisions as a balance of aesthetic and functional requirements. The most basic conflict: as separate objects the pieces may be lost or damaged, as included copy they may interfere with the flow of content and development of the book experience.

In a given situation, can the extra content be designed into the book to amplify the finished work or to minimally impact the other content? Can an external method be devised that increases the protection of the extra parts and helps insure they will remain with the work?

Bookbinding is rife with dictates, rules, norms, traditions... and those that ignore some or all of that. You are the designer. Bring your new work into the world with attention to its particular needs and an understanding of the requirements or expectations of the world. BE the artist. Find the right solution for your work.

Regards,
Don Drake
Dreaming Mind

ddrake@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
IM: stitchbyhand
http://www.dreamingmind.com
http://www.hughstump.com
(510) 537-9711


On Aug 17, 2005, at 9:53 AM, Alice Simpson wrote:


In planning an edition, can anyone advise me about adding an introduction by an authority?
Can it be added as an insert, rather than as a page in the book? If the book is letterpress,
must the letter be similarly printed?


Also, if the books are boxed, can the colophon be placed on the inside back cover of the box or
should it be part of the book itself?


Cheers,
A L I C E

A L I C E S I M P S O N
D A N C E * M A R A T H O N
www.alicesimpson.com


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