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Letterpress miniatures



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Letterpress printing, the old way, is labor intensive and involves much
more than running the press. The printer must have a thorough knowledge of
typography as well as skill in the graphic arts. Desktop publishing, in
which the computer is used  to set up copy from which to make a plate,
certainly made the process faster and, therefore, cheaper, but at a
sacrifice. In digitizing some of the beautiful old fonts, certain subtle
qualities of the letters were lost. Most of us wouldn't know the
difference, but a good printer would.

A few years ago, I collaborated with a friend, internationally known
letterpress printer, calligrapher and graphic artist Judy Detrick, in
publishing three of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories as miniature books in
editions of sixty-five. ( The colophon says seventy-five, but with the
unavoidable waste, we didn't quite make the goal.)

"How the Camel Got His Hump" came first, to be followed over the next three
years by "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin" and "Sing-Song of Old Man
Kangaroo." Judy is a lover of the letterpress printing technique. Each of
the 24 -32-page, 2 5/8" x 2 1/8"  miniatures is typeset by hand in 8pt
Centaur on Ingres paper and printed on the antique press in Judy's attic -
hence The Attic Press. Judy designed the exquisite title pages printed in
color.

Case-bound by myself, the three hand-sewn signatures of each book are
quarter-bound in black sheep skiver and hand marbled paper over medium
weight Crescent board.

We sold most of the books through Dawson's, some as sets in leather/cloth
slipcases.

Still available:
        1 set of 3 miniatures (Camel, Rhinoceros, Sing-Song) in slipcase
        several "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin"
        several "Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo"

Please e-mail me offlist if you would like to see pictures of these
miniatures.

Note: Also available Keats' "Endymion,"  introduction, excerpt, one only,
the original, accordion fold with cut-outs and pop-ups, 3 1/4" x 3
3/4"closed, 46" open. Original calligraphy by master calligrapher Dorsey
Alexander; watercolor illustrations by Joyce Alexander. Binding by Betty
Storz, hand marbled paper over boards. In paper slipcase and wrap.


Betty Storz
PO Box 542
Mendocino, CA  95460

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