My bindery is in a state of flux as we are relocating. All the books ordered for the Rare Book Detective Kickstarter have been dispatched, a little late, but finished nonetheless.
Don’t stop doing things, making things, writing about stuff – so onto number three in the series: Factotums and Fleurons – Old printers in a new country.
Start looking through state library rare book collections for printers’ devices and capitals. I would add this complimentary data to data previously collected.
During three years of research and writing for The Perfume of Books, an examination of historical bindings, I gathered evidence on the decorated or historiated capitals used in 220 books. This project is a consolidation of gathered data which will:
- printers’ location and data will be listed geographically and alphabetically;
- initials and historiated capitals associated with each printer for each visual reference;
- chapter headers, vignettes and rules also associated with printers;
- back section of watermarks used by printers for extra provenance research.
To publish book number three as a hardprint publication as well as print on demand publication.