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Re: Laser printing



we can't change times or insist on being purists.
In my shop, letterpress, type and hand bound books are standard, parchment,
handmade paper etc. a given.
Therefore I have the chance to create books in letterpress and bind them by
hand in the true fashion of limited edition bibliophilie.
I've done so, 27 books altogether, handset type, handmade paper, printed on
an Albion, bound by hand.

BUT, we have so many more enthusiasts who are interested in making books,
create art, express themselves and what not. Not also they have the
experience of using letpress etc. which is years of learning and doing it,
Yeah -everybody can slap some ink on type and print, but I'm talking about
the real deal here, so- they don't have the knowledge or the tools, often
they don't even know that such things as letpress exists.
Don't fight them, don't correct them, let them make books in digital art and
copier art etc, as it is their right as artists to create what their heart
desires.
But nothing prevents us from given them advice in the choice of type, paper,
production methods and maybe over time, there is somebody else interested in
letpress.
Preserving the knowledge requires sharing the knowledge,

charles

----- Original Message -----
From: "Yehuda Miklaf" <mfritz@NETVISION.NET.IL>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2000 8:27 AM
Subject: Laser printing


> A client recently brought me a book that he had printed on his laser
> printer to be bound. It was a small edition, numbered and signed. I have
> no idea how much he was asking for it. I had qualms about binding such a
> thing, since, as a letterpress printer, I have a strong prejudice
> against these 'new-fangled' methods. Can we really know how permanent
> they are? Does anyone care? I tend to think that if I'm producing fine
> art, it should have some degree of guaranteed permanence. Am I being
> unrealistic? Old-fashioned?
>
> Now a friend is asking my advice about buying a printer to print his
> books. What do I say? OK, if he wants to spread his art around, no
> problem. Print off a few hundred at $899 each. But signed, numbered,
> supposedly to-be-rare books.
>
> Speak to me, Oh List!
>
> Yehuda Miklaf
> Jerusalem
>
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