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Re: Unique Books?
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Unique Books?
- From: Kurt Klappenbach <amibach@WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
- Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 10:26:44 -0500
- Message-Id: <199902011529.HAA19432@palimpsest.Stanford.EDU>
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Could a printer/binder then create a edition of 20 books and then claim that
each one is unique because the leather used to bind each one is slightly
different? I would not think that the recepient/customer of each "unique" or
"one of a kind" book would very pleased to learn of the exsistence of the
others and the hair spliting that developed their definition as a one of a
kind item. Being ethical about ones work and its representation is important
and follwing the spirit of what is meant by unique in artistic
representation should be included.
> Jack Ginsberg's question to the list immediately reminded me of the
>homework assigned by my paleography teacher the first day of class. He
>gave us a photocopy of a manuscript page and asked us all to copy its
>second section "EXACTLY". He did not mean letter forms, we could use a
>modern hand. A week later, after looking over the class results, he
>told us that out of 35 people in the class 1 person had actually managed
>to do it. I quite take the force of Jack's point that if an item is
>sold as unique there is an ethical difficulty about its twin, but I
>doubt that any handmade book will have an identical twin.
> Dorothy Africa